I too flew as a courier with BA
- back in '96. LHR
. Bookings were made via BA
Freight. I've a very old phone number for them - codes etc have changed alot since then.
Price worked out at about half the standard APEX (from memory it was around Stg58.00 instead of 116.00 - or around that)
I seem to remember check-in was 2hrs instead of the Std 1hr for Europe and you had to report to the courier area in LHR
. At FCO
I don't think I ever did find the right area!! The counter I was told to report to didn't have a clue, the airport services area didn't know, I went back to the original counter who then sent me to a third place. This area was really the group check-in and there was a party of nuns with school kids checking in onto a flight to South America. I asked one of the nuns if she spoke English (I was getting nowhere with BAs own ground staff or the FCO
staff). She started translating for me and before I knew it, I had a huge crowd around me, all waving arms and lots of volume. At this point, my wife decided to pull out the camera (big NO NO) and suddenly there were machine guns being levelled. At this point I spotted what looked like an ordinary courier guy come through the doors, I ducked out of the crowd and grabbed the guy. Luckily he spoke English, confirmed he usually supplied the BA
parcel but that he had nothing today. I left everyone to it and went back aorund the corner to the BA
desk to check-in. As far as I know, the nuns are still discussing pleasentries with the chcek-in staff!!