The recently announced tightening of British border control has had an unexpected side-effect. International Rescue has revealed that it is finding it increasingly difficult to carry out rescue operations in the UK.
‘Years ago we’d just fly into the danger zone, rescue a few people, put out the fire, then fly back to Tracy Island,’ said Jeff Tracy. ‘Now, we have to fill in reams of paperwork before unloading the pod of Thunderbird 2. And I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked if there is a lifeboat on Thunderbird 4.’
The UK is not the only country to have caused headaches for the family, which has long found France to be a bit of a lottery to fly over when air traffic control has a five-hour lunch break. However, despite mounting tensions around the world and rampant bureaucracy, International Rescue is still prepared to visit most danger spots and extend a helping hand, no strings attached.