QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1950 posts, RR: 6 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3524 times:
I have a question. Why are there aircraft holding rooms located outside the gates of planes? What is the point of these rooms? Some airports like DOH, DXB have them, and others dont have them like HKG. Personally, holding rooms are a waste of space and a waste of good chairs that other passengers can use. True, passengers within holding rooms are contained and easily organized, but people arent cattle; so why herd them together in a room?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27161 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3250 times:
Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 1): You said it: "Contained and easily organized". People are easily confused. Yes really. I'm sure the gate agents on the board have plenty of stories of pax who have wandered off for no good reason.
Holding rooms allow staff to do an extra boarding card check before you ppl enter. They can then do an extra check after.
At some airports (AMS as one example), security checks are done at each gate rather than at a centralized security checkpoint (except for flights to Schengen destinations). With that arrangement, you need a holding room for passengers after they clear security. If they want to leave the holding room, they have to clear security again to get back in.