Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1237 times:
I flew on QANTAS QF25 from BNE-AKL, then AKL-LAX on June 20th. When I arrived in Auckland, I noticed that the gates we landed at was surrounded by temporary movable walls except for a little opening which could be shut (I think it's the same idea as flights to Washington National Airport need). All flights leaving AKL non-stop from the United States needed to be screened again and then board in these secure gate lounges. This was true of not only the QANTAS flight but the United and Air NZ flights leaving that day as well. So, after already going through a security checkpoint and immigration (either in BNE or AKL) you then had to go through another security checkpoint (metal detector bags searches and such) and then get your passport and boarding pass check again. This was before you got to the boarding process and they checked your boarding pass and passport again.
Anyone experienced this before or know why they need to do this?
I flew from CDG to DFW only three months ago and they didn't have anything like this (except very nosy security questions before checking in). Also, the flights that made a stop before getting to the US didn't have the extra security, and I doubt they re-screeened everyone in the little Tahiti airport.
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Crazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
I've had the same experience at SYD for an LAX-bound AirNZ flight. I think that it makes good sense... the hand-search at the gate is undoubtedly more thorough than the initial walk-through. But it definitely necessitates a timely arrival at the gate area.
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Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 74 Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1193 times:
Dual security screening is to ensure that you are clean when you enter the boarding gate. If you're clean going airside, you could always obtain a "weapon" somewhere between entering airside and the boarding gate.
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B-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
This is because at Auckland, arriving and departing passengers use the same airside concourse (i.e. on the same level).
Hong Kong and US civil aviation authorities require departure and arrival flow of passengers to be separated at all times. Thus all US and HKG bound flights must depart from gate 8 or gate 10 at the end of the terminal.
At no other airport I know of require such rescreening. SIN and KUL, which also have same-level arrivals and departures, have their sole security checkpoint at the gate - there is no checkpoint after immigration. Airports like SYD and HKG have split level departures/arrivals so that is not a problem.
Clipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
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At SYD: I experienced FOUR security checks at Sydney, for a flight to LAX. First, at check-in ALL passengers were taken out of line for a bag search. Second, the standard security checkpoint with metal detector. Third, the gate was walled off with the temporary wall dividers and a check was made of ALL carry-ons as you entered the gate lounge. Fourth, a pat down in the jetway just before entering the aircraft.
At BRU: I experienced THREE security checks at Brussels, for a flight to IAD. First, I was randomly selected to be taken out of the check-in line for a full, thorough bag search. Second, the standard security checkpoint with metal detector (further taken behind a curtain for a pat down). Third, a checkpoint midway to the gates, as the American carriers were isolated at the farthest end of the concourse to provide this extra security.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1153 times:
This system has been at place at BRU for a while, first the "normal" security check-point, and then pax going to the USA go through a second more detailed search, where your documents are again checked and you may be subjected to a baggage check, body frisk, shoe removal and examination, or other procedures. US departures now use the gates at the absolute end of the concourse, which is closed off for other flights.
Clipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1130 times:
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I was actually off in my earlier post on the number of security checks at BRU. There were FOUR, not three. The fourth check was a random screening just before boarding the aircraft. However, I was not selected for this fourth check.