Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five is the 1st thing many international travelers see in the UK. It’s beautiful, it’s a stunning achievement of design, and it’s… apparently a massive annoyance to perform any basic repairs on!
To give you an idea of the severity of the problem, 60% of the 120,000 light bulbs at Terminal Five have blown yet not a single one has been changed since 2008. WHY? The ceiling is 120 feet up, too high for cherry pickers and scissor lifts!
The solution: hire acrobats!!
It turns out that wirewalkers are uniquely suited to this job, because it’s a lot easier to string a wire across a 120-foot tall span than it is to wheel in a cherry picker. The major bulb replacement task is expected to take nearly four months and cost several million pounds.
Let’s hope those light bulbs last as long as possible!