Emirates773ER From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1448 posts, RR: 10 Posted (7 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 3445 times:
I have'nt been to a lot of airports in the world but the one with the easiest check in's and security I have encountered have usually been in the Uk and Canada. Among all the airports which you have visited which one have you found the easiest to check in along with security?
Thorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
I don't have personal experience with very heavy security, but from what I've read DME has gotten really tough. Besides, UK and US, the usual suspects. Although I keep reading reports of people in the US who "accidentally" forget to leave their guns at home and get on the plane with it.
Here in Germany it is OK, although I'm a little annoyed by the CCTV in useless places. But it seems to be slowly going from useful watchfulness to useless paranoia.
TRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1319 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3305 times:
The toughest security, I have seen is in KWI and BOM.
In KWI they are so rude. Also, even outside Kuwait, for KU there are cops on each KU flight who check your carry on just before boarding on the entrance of the a/c (happened at TRV,India, a long line up on the ramp, and on the stairs up to the a/c door at 5.15am in the morning, it sucked).
In BOM you see guys with machine guns( I remember this from 1981) on each of the doors/exits, good as they are not rude since they talk only with theirs guns.
From my experience,YYZ is the best, they are so polite and treat you with respect and make sure that you are not offended if they have to check your passport/visa etc. UK(LHR) experience was also not as bad as compared to any Middle east country or India.
CV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3284 times:
Machine guns in the Middle East are common place now - a sign of the times.
Security around the GCC is very similar with double x-rays and such forth but in terms of ease I think BAH has it working very well and manned by Ministry of Interior security forces.
When you enter the terminal it is split into two areas - GF and everybody else.You then have your checked baggage x-rayed and then banded so it cannot be opened. A body screening by machine and hand is then carried out, seperate areas for men and women. Once tickets and passports are checked you are then allowed into the check-in area and check-in as normal, pay your departure tax and then through passport control. Then there is another x-ray check of hand baggage and person and then you are into the duty free area.
DXB is similar but you have to queue outside in 100F heat to get to the first x-ray procedure which can be a REAL pain.
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Brokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3243 times:
The easiest security I have been through by far was Tokyo Narita.
The hardest by far was Doha International. Much like BAH, you and your luggage is scanned before you even check in. Security tape goes on, you check in as normal, then proceed to another checkpoint where you and hand luggage is scanned again before hitting passport control (I think I put that in the right order). You hang out in Duty Free, then proceed to the gate "holding area". At this point, your passport and boarding pass is inspected again, and you are directed to a another little area where your person and hand luggage are hand inspected by armed police. Passport and boarding pass are checked again, pockets must be emptied onto the table, and your hand luggage is gone through. As is my standard in the US, I made a bit of small talk with the officer while he was inspecting my passport, and he pretty much just opened my bag, pulled up the clothes, closed the bag, and sent me on my way into the holding pen. My customer on the other hand, was standing there for about 20 minutes while the officer went over each and every item in his bag. Just proved to me even further that being nice can get you far.
Really??? In the 5 or 6 times I've flown from STN over the past 6 or 7 years there have always been huge queues for security there. Usually fairly fast-moving though.
I've flown domestically in Iceland and the security there (or at least in 2004) was non-existant.
However, I think the toughest I've encountered (apart from at BOS) has been at the two German airports I've used, namely MUC and TXL. I've got a number of photos of either travelling companions or security personnel at MUC that I've had to take in order to prove that my camera was in working order. And if I've had a radio in my cabin baggage I've always had to prove that it worked too.
At TXL, my BA flight to LHR was delayed by 30 minutes because people were still passing through security at the gate after our scheduled departure time. Every single one of us was singled out for a thorough search.
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CPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
ATH has some crazy security, and it seems that everybordy in that airport is in some kind of security queue. I were there early 2003. They were eleven people around each metal detector. I brought a ghettoblaster, which they almost confiscated because it was out of battery, and the CD did not play. Fortunately the radio worked in 5 seconds when they tried it After that, they had to open two bottles of ouzo that I had just bought in the airport. They smelled and passed it on to me...
CPH is another business. Sometime you can almost walk right through everything without showing any identification. But I think this is a rare case these days,, although you could get most things through..
Finally, domestic Chinese security surpriced me. You are scanned both byu a regular walk-through detector, but also by a hand driven one, and your shoes were checked. They question much more items in your bags from the x-ray view. Had my bag opened a couple of times. However, the security was very smooth and effective everywhere..
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ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7598 posts, RR: 40 Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3112 times:
I've been to airports in the US, Canada, Germany, Iceland, UK, France, Spain and Italy. I haven't really gone through "heavy" security, but I do find the airports in North America have the slowest and sometimes silliest securtiy around. As an example, I was going through the domestic security line up at YYC last Christmas. There were maybe 2 dozen pax in the line up with 2 screening stations open. After waiting in the line for a good 1/2 hour (so much for me grabbing a coffee and paper so I could relax a few minutes before my flight), it was my turn to go up. After being screened the officer went to open my briefcase and pulled out one of those small sample bottles of cologne and we had the following conversation:
Officer "What is this?"
Me "What does it say on the package?"
Officer "Hugo Boss Eau de Toillete"
Me "Then, that's what it is"
Officer "Hmmm, whatever"
To this day, I'm still confused at what his point was.