Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4908 posts, RR: 16 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
Just returned from LHR and the security lines were really long at Terminal 4, including the security at the Flight Connections area. This resulted in departure delays, offloaded bags and so on. Is there is reason for this or are we likely to have more of it in the future?
Just wanted to warn fellow travelers hoping to wing it with short connections...
Tristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4090 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
There is a thread somewhere about security. Apparantely a DOT inspector reported a security agent, his manager said he wasn't doing his job properly, so now they are all doing it by the book. The queues at the vehicle access points on Mon and Tue were miles long.
Neder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
I believe it could be of the new LHR directive to remove all laptops from handluggage before going through the x-ray machine.
Some people don't think it applies to them, so the screeners have to take the laptop out and put the bag and laptop through again, which takes a lot longer.
IADLHR From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 736 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2547 times:
Couild ie be that they have on some kind of alert that we dont know about. I was through LHR a few weeks ago in the fast track at T4. I did notice that the line wa a bit longer than usual but not what people are describing in these posts.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
Quoting Neder99 (Reply 4): I believe it could be of the new LHR directive to remove all laptops from handluggage before going through the x-ray machine.
My first guess is that is was related to this...
Quoting LeonB1985 (Reply 5): LHR generally seems to be a lot stricter than 'normal' at the moment. I was recently searched (as staff) more thoroughly than ever before, either as staff or a passenger.
My father flies out of LHR about twice per week at the moment (usually T4 or T1) and says on the phone that the security lines have been particularly bad since the beginning of the year. He isn't sure exactly why but said maybe it was the fact there could be less screeners. After all whenever I fly out of T4 there seems to be about 30 screeners for the one Fast Track line Have only flown out of LHR once so far this year and it was quite bad, nothing out of the ordinary though and one passage isn't exactly a good indication.
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