Cath Urquhart, Travel Editor at The Times newspaper, has come up with a 'close to brilliant' travel idea in her weekly column in the Saturady edition.
She has a dilemma. She is flying out to Mexico next week for some winter sun relaxation, where she will need little more than a swimsuit and a toothbrush, but for the journey to Gatwick she will need to wear arctic survival gear. She could leave her winter gear in a locker at the airport but that'll cost almost £80 for the fortnight.
"Why not have charity shops at airport terminals?" she asks.
That way she could wear an old anorak to the airport and hand it over when she gets there. Loads of people arriving from warmer climes - including her in a couple of weeks - are completely un-prepared for our sub-zero March conditions. The shops could do a roaring trade for charity, travellers won't get hypothermia, and aircraft cabins won't be filled with un-necessary clothing. Everybody would benefit.
There's only one flaw in her proposal. She finishes by saying...
"And I'm sure airport operators such as BAA would be thrilled to give charity shops a discount so that they could afford to open in such a prime location..."