Jayhawk
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BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 6:08 am

Hi all,

I am due to fly to MIA from LHR with my family (wife & 3 kids age 11,9,6) on 5 Apr on BA 207. I have a couple of questions that i hoped some of you may be able to help me with.

The BA website says that as we are travelling with kids we cannot check in online or at self service kiosks and we will have to use standard check in desks. Where in Term 3 are the BA desks located? Are there ususally long lines here?

Does BA use a specific set of gates at terminal 3 or is it just pot luck? If they use specific gates does anyone know which ones?

Any other info/advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

Jayhawk
 
GBOAF
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:04 am

Jayhawk,

BA check in for the BA 207/209 in ZONE C, Terminal 3. If i recall correctly, there are in fact 2 self service check in machines in ZONE C on the back wall.
I do not understand why travelling with kids would affect this, perhaps due to the fact there are only 2 machines???

The infrastructure in Terminal 3 usually means crowded check in zones, and yes sometimes long queues!! Get there nice and early as security can also be a mission!!

As for boarding gates, it could be pretty much any gate in T3, they get put all over the place. If you're lucky, you'll get one of the new gates designed for the A380 (3, 5, 7, or 9) with a nice view of the 27L/09R runway, but its not uncommon to get a crappy old one like 27 or 31 perhaps where all you will see is white emulsion!

T3 is getting there, but it's still very much in transition!! The new arrivals level is nice though, on a good day you can see as far as the new Wembley Stadium Arch!
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting GBOAF (Reply 1):
I do not understand why travelling with kids would affect this, perhaps due to the fact there are only 2 machines???

Me neither, but it is not lack of machines - it applies to all flights. It is probably safety, as presumably children must not be assigned certain seats, or must be located in certain sections of the aircraft.
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planesarecool
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:50 am

Kids can't sit in emergency exit rows, as in case of an emergency, the people in these rows may need to help the crew
 
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:13 am

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 3):
Kids can't sit in emergency exit rows, as in case of an emergency, the people in these rows may need to help the crew

But i'm sure these kind of seats could be/or even are blocked out of the self check-in system and only allocated by an agent who is able to make a visual on if the pax is able bodied to open the exit if required?
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planesarecool
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:28 pm

But one advantage of using the online/self service check in is that those who do want those seats can get them. Just think how many people would want those seats - they'd see they weren't available online so they'd queue up and check in normally. When they get to the check in they find out the extra legroom seats are already gone and that its all been a waste of time.

To be honest, I doubt BA would have a problem with you checking in online with kids, as long as you didn't pick an exit row.
 
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:45 pm

Quoting Planesarecool (Reply 5):
To be honest, I doubt BA would have a problem with you checking in online with kids, as long as you didn't pick an exit row.

I doubt it will let you, though, if the kids are marked as such on the itinerary.
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:21 pm

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 6):
I doubt it will let you, though, if the kids are marked as such on the itinerary

Yes,most self check in machines do not procces reservations with children or infant. You would need to go to the regular check in counter.

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DavidT
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:24 pm

It's built into the system, you can't check in with kids on the booking. I always assumed it was for some security reason - however what's been said about exit rows probably makes sense.
 
planesarecool
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting AMS (Reply 7):
Yes,most self check in machines do not procces reservations with children or infant. You would need to go to the regular check in counter.

Ah yes, forgot that they would be booked as children. But BA do let people travelling with kids and infants use the self service machines, just not the online check in

Quoting ba.com:
Additionally, the following passengers cannot check-in online, but can use a check-in kiosk at the airport:


Passengers travelling with children or infants
 
Jayhawk
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:30 am

Many thanks to you all, guess we will have to queue up!!!! Looked on seat guru, i quite fancy the small cabin section just behaind WT+. Fingers crossed but not with too much hope. I suppose all of these will have been taken by the time they open up the check in desk. Never mind, can't wait for wednesday to be up, up and away. Thanks again.

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galleyhag
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:40 am

I would understand why you couldn't check in online with infants as there are only a certain number of extra oxygen masks per row and if you were travelling with twins say, you couldn't be sat in the same block of seats. But I don't get why you can't with children over 2.
 
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:45 am

Quoting Galleyhag (Reply 11):
But I don't get why you can't with children over 2.

For the reason i said above. I don't think a 2 year old would be very helpful in the event of an emergency - hence they can't sit in emergency exit rows.

Second to that, another reason that children under 16 can't sit in emergency exit rows is that they are likely to be smaller than average adults, therefore the privilege of having extra legroom is wasted on people who can pretty much stretch out in a normal economy seat.
 
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:35 pm

I remember being in MIA in September 1988 and seeing a BA concorde, boy have times changed.
 
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RE: BA Flight To Miami

Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:46 pm

Hi All

You can check in kids on the self service machines it even does infants as well for some reason it is just the Internet that you cannot check in on.

If you email me I can try and reserve you some seats just let me know roughly where.

If not then flight control will normally preseat family groups.

Hope this helps

Helen
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