Observations: Now showing: Airport '09

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Unfortunately, since the screen up to now has been used predominantly for big sporting events, there is no cinematic projector and just a Goliath-sized flat TV. And, thanks to airport business, there are frequent interruptions as slow-coaches are called for flights that are ready to take off. There are plans to do more screenings open to those not travelling, but this seems unlikely to catch on, given that a Heathrow Express ticket costs more than a visit to the local cinema and the security checks are reminiscent of Fort Knox. But for those using Terminal 5 for a not-so-quick getaway, the airport cinema is sure to be an idea that takes off.