readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 4104 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7163 times:
I guess I am never going to get to the bottom of this one,however.
My last flight from LGW-MCO I was unable to checkin 24hrs before,no problem with my chosen seat,computer message to use the check-in booth at the airport. When I arrived I tried the booth and again it would not let me check-in, screen message to go to customer services. I went to the desk and explained my problem, the lady looked up my details and then got on her mobile phone,she said to the person at the other end, "I have Orlando 4A at check-in" She then entered some details that were read to her and my boarding card appeared. I thanked her and went to the lounge, there the same thing happened,the lady spoke to someone on a phone and then I was invited in.
So time now to get to the gate, not a long line,perhaps six people. The gate agent takes my boarding card and swipes it, looks at a list on a clip board and "would you please step over to the side sir" there a security agent empties my hand luggage and goes through everything very carefully while a "plain clothes gentleman" stands at his shoulder.
"what was the reason for travel, how long were you going for, who are you staying with?
Everyone happy they say thank you and I board the plane.
I have no problem with all this,love feeling secure,just seems I was selected 24hrs before hand, was that the case?
you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
Dogbreath From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7045 times:
Does this happen to you often? Might be that your name matches someone on a watch list.
I had a mate at work who was always taken aside at the immigration stage in the US and Canada. He got really worked up about this and queried a security officer in Vancouver. He was told that his name matched an 'undesirable' on their watch list, and even though he was flightcrew, and of another nationality they still had to take him aside and verify his credentials.
This lasted a few years before the problem went away. (Maybe they eliminated the real source of the problem??)
Condor24 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5591 times:
A friend of mine recently flew from Gatwick to Maldives with BA. She's not a plane guru and in fact does not like flying. She tried to check in on line but was not able to complete the process. She told me that when she called BA, they had said .. 'you have been chosen for security'. At the time I did not believe her, but perhaps there is some truth in it that passengers are selected prior. Daft if you ask me .. best security is having 'levels' of personnel who deal with passengers on the day, very much like the Israelis, especially El Al security.