Well, we got everything packed. As far as I can tell, we weigh about 88 lbs. together, so we should be able to bring all of our stuff on some of the more restrictive flights that are coming later. In the meantime, we've checked in with British Airways at JFK. Uber was nearby and made a quick pickup, traffic was a bit lighter than usual, and there were about five people ahead of us at TSA. Our flight, scheduled for 10:55pm, is delayed about 25 mins. I checked it's track record, and it seems to be delayed up to an hour and a half every night. And it seems to get into London Heathrow about on time, at 11:00am local time.
We have a very long layover in Heathrow – 8 hours. While that's Sally's longest, I've had longer ones in the past. And she actually had an overnight layover in San Francisco a couple of years ago, when she flew out to meet me there and we continued on to Hawaii.
A PRIORITY for a TRANSFER LONG, July 2017
Our bags are checked straight through to JNB (Johannesburg). In the past, when we've had a short-ish connection time, I've seen the bags tagged "short transfer" or some such thing to encourage the baggage crew to get them to the next flight. This time they were tagged "Transfer Long" to reflect our 8 hour scheduled layover. But because they're also "Priority" because we're flying Business Class, I guess the crew gives them priority to wait a long time.
You could shoot a shotgun and not hit anyone, July 2017
In any event, we're in the BA lounge, which is capacious, has lots of food and snacks, and is pretty run down. And pretty empty. But it's only for an hour or so.