Valentine’s Day is coming, folks. Crowds of red roses and overpriced boxes of chocolates are appearing over the horizon, drawing nearer every day.
If your love places you beyond the realm of crass commercialism and into full-on public displays of affection, however, then Valentine’s Day can be an occasion for getting down on one knee.
If that’s your plan, this tip could make a huge difference to the quality of your February 14.
If you’re headed off on a romantic break with secret plans to propose to your partner, the last thing you want is the engagement ring you’ve picked so carefully setting off a metal detector.
Luckily, East Midlands Airport has just launched a service that’s designed to help anyone who’s travelling with plans to pop the question.
If you contact the airport in advance to let them know the situation, you’ll receive a ‘secret code’ which, once uttered to the security staff on arrival, will result in you being whisked away to a private security lane where you belongings will be searched discreetly, away from your significant other.
This is the perfect plan for avoiding security line mishaps, at the expense of your romantic proposal.
Matthew Quinney, the airport’s head of security, said: ‘It would put a big damper on someone’s meticulously planned romantic trip if their big surprise was revealed even before they’ve boarded the plane. Arguably, there are more romantic places to be proposed to than in our security hall.
‘So, out of courtesy to those who have been planning this moment for weeks or months, we have put in measures to ensure we’re not the cause of failed marriage proposals.’
You can get the code from February 12 onwards, and it covers all flights. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or slide into the DMs of @EMA_Airport on Twitter.
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebird.