A departure gate manicure is just the thing to fill the dead airport time between the so-called fast bag drop and take-off. One drawback is that it's about double the price of the high street version, but worse than that, is being left in the airport with half-dry nails.
No matter how many chemicals you spray onto wet nails, I want to explain to the manicurist, they will not dry in one minute. Even if the name of the spray is "One Minute Dry." IT'S JUST THE NAME!
I want to get a pen out of my handbag but I can't. I want to do Blackberry but I can't. I want to take out my passport and boarding pass for the boarding check, but I can't.
I am gingerly pouring coffee and eating croissants in the BA lounge. I can't wipe the crumbs off my fingers. Try licking them off and you get a mouthful of quick-dry. You definitely can't have a quick comfort break before the flight either.
The lounge now has a free Elemis massage for longhaul fliers - FREE! I was happy enough with the complimentary breakfast and papers.
On the plane, I have the aisle seat on the centre block: you always get a spare seat next to you for all your stuff because no-one is going to pay premium to sit in the centre. I have completely spread out with newspapers, laptop, handbag, Kindle, Chinese homework, fleece, two sets of BA blankets and headphones. And that's travelling light, because I deliberately didn't bring the noise-cancelling headphones, flight slippers, pashmina or any heavy books which are my usual companions. Overhead lockers are too bothersome. I could easily take up three seats.