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User currently offlineJerseyguy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1982 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3059 times:
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I'll be flying back from Dublin via LHR on Air Lingus Coach and Virgin Atlantic in First. Do I check in at Dub as a domestic or int'l flight? Will I have customs at LHR or just EWR?


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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Your DUB-LHR on Aer Lingus is considered an Intra European flight, thus to a certain extend 'domestic', just like flying DUB-CDG or ORY-MAD. If you don't check you luggage through to EWR from DUB and have to collect your luggage in LHR, your baggage tag will have a green stripe on either side, meaning you have originated from within the EU (and certain other European countries), and of course you'll go through customs in LHR, but as you're originating from DUB, there will be a blue channel in addition to the standard green and red channels a customs and as you're coming from DUB you can pass through the EU blue channel. Regarding passport control, which you may and may not encounter at LHR (can't remember, such a long time since I've used LHR, always try to avoid it), as an non EU national, you'll have to show your passport. If you check your baggage all the way through from DUB to LHR, I imagine you'll simply follow 'flight connections" on arrival in LHR.
Hope this answers your doubts. And if you're taking an early morning flight from DUB, get to the airport at least 2 hours in advance, and at quiter times of the day, not much later, as security in DUB is very complete and SLOW. And you'll have to take off your shoes, belts and remove lap-top from its bag along with the normal things (money, mobile...) when been screened at DUB.



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User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5190 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3012 times:

I've never transferred at LHR, but have gone through numerous times and I believe you'll be flying into Terminal 1 and there fore will not have any passport control as it is seen as a dometsic flight for security.

You'll then need to transfer to T3 for your Virgin Flight (note Virgin don;t have a first class)


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 1):
of course you'll go through customs in LHR, but as you're originating from DUB, there will be a blue channel in addition to the standard green and red channels a customs and as you're coming from DUB you can pass through the EU blue channel. Regarding passport control, which you may and may not encounter at LHR (can't remember, such a long time since I've used LHR, always try to avoid it), as an non EU national, you'll have to show your passport.

Flights arriving in LHR from DUB do so in a separate area, but there isn't actually a customs section that you go through. You pick up your baggage off the belt, and then continue into the UK domestic arrivals hall and go straight into arrivals. No red / green / blue lanes to go through.

There are also no passport control desks for flights arriving from Ireland - you just go straight into the baggage hall.

The one part I don't know in all of this is whether EI have an interline baggage agreement with VS - this is what determines whether you can check your baggage all the way through to EWR. You could call them in advance to check this if you're curious. If they do, you'll check it in at DUB and won't have to pick it up until you arrive in EWR. When you get to LHR you can follow "Flight Connections" which takes you to the Flight Connections Centre via an overhead walkway, and then you proceed on to T3 from there for your VS flight.

If you aren't able to check your bag all the way through, you'll need to come through T1 arrivals, then make your way over to T3 via the landside route - go down the escalator right in front of you in arrivals, then continue straight on to another escalator leading you down underneath the terminal. It's about a 10min walk from there to T3. The VS checkin area has always been really chaotic any time I've been there, and they have particularly unfriendly security staff "guarding" the checkin area - I've had several arguments with them in the past where they were being difficult for no good reason! In particular, make sure if you're travelling on an e-ticket that you've got a printout of your itinerary or they're likely to send you back to the ticket desk to get one.

Hope this helps!

Edited to add: As the previous poster mentioned, at DUB you just check in at the desks for LHR flights - these will be marked.

[Edited 2005-11-25 09:29:29]

User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1471 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

"The one part I don't know in all of this is whether EI have an interline baggage agreement with VS - this is what determines whether you can check your baggage all the way through to EWR. You could call them in advance to check this if you're curious."


Good idea. I suspect that the answer to this question is fairly likely to be NO , but I do not use this combination regularly. EI have, however, been dropping interline agreements recently.

If you hand carry your bag and have to walk, Airside, to Flight Connections in T1, from the Irish gates, it is one hell of a very long walk to the Flight Connections Centre via the walkway. Here, not I think mentioned earlier, you will be re scanned for security before Flight Connections and the queues here can be very bad, often only one scanner active. Then you can get a bus to T3.

Just one of the many good reasons to avoid a transit at LHR from DUB


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

Regarding checking bagage through, recently on transferring from AF to EI and viceaversa, I sent EI an email asking if I could check bagge through to final destination. Here is what thay answered:

It may be possible to get your baggage checked straight through to your destination. However, onward check in is only available when a passenger is going to complete their travel in one day and flying with a partner airline (details regarding this can be found on aerlingus.com under 'services & frequent flyer' followed by 'airport services'.)

At check in, please request you want the baggage checked straight through.

Kind Regards,
Aer Lingus Customer Relations Team



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