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LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 1:02 pm

British Airways’ home hub T5 has been voted the World’s Best Airport Terminal by airline travellers at the World Airport Awards held at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Vienna.

Are rays of sunshine beginning to break through the clouds over LHR ?
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 1:12 pm

I personally love this Terminal .
I fly often ARN -LHR -ARN and at times further out in the world and personally chose BA over SK ,partly because BA is the better airline and partly because it is a pleasure flying through this terminal .

I flew LHR -ARN on Monday and it was a breeze - 3 minutes from Check in kiosk to the departure are - to be fair security was extra quiet on Monday evening .Once through the wait is never a problem as there is good shopping , restaurants and a fab view of the airport operations!  

A top class Terminal rightly deserving this award i reckon!
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 1:43 pm

Interesting. While T5 is a vast improvement over the messy T1-3 setup, "World's Best" seems a bit of a stretch.

Personally, I find a number of things really odd about T5:
- The severe lack of gates, resulting in being bused more often than not (even when arriving on a 747!)
- The crazy double screening for transit passengers, even when they are arriving and departing from T5
- The dual level layout
- The very remote B and C gates; so remote that most airports would consider these separate terminals, not concourses

I would definitely vote for DXB long before I vote for LHR T5. But, too each their own.
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:06 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Thread starter):
Are rays of sunshine beginning to break through the clouds over LHR ?

I suspect that the voting was done before the immigration queue fiasco, so...no.

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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 2:08 pm

What a joke! I would put T5 as one of the worst! Unpleasant personnel working in that terminal, barking orders, rarely if ever pleasant security screening personnel (shades of TSA), buses to remote parking stands, fast track only open during morning hours (??!!!), the worst passport border clearance I have experienced in my 40+ years of flying, lounges always too crowded and rubbish not cleared as frequently as it should.... And a terminal as crowded as a shopping mall during after Christmas sales... Not a top ranker in my book... I dread the place...
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 2:13 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Thread starter):
British Airways’ home hub T5 has been voted the World’s Best Airport Terminal

Until you have to leave T5 and experience the real Heathrow. T3 should have been demolished and a new terminal rebuilt. T5 is just lipstick on a pig.

And why didn't BA push for a new terminal for OW instead of the planned "refurb", yet *A is getting a whole new terminal the size of T5?

Quoting cygnuschicago (Reply 2):
"World's Best" seems a bit of a stretch.
Quoting cygnuschicago (Reply 2):
I would definitely vote for DXB long before I vote for LHR T5.

  
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:19 pm

I do like the T5 as a building. What I don't like is the insane security screening. Up to the point I avoid LHR completely on my travels.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:22 pm

Quoting cygnuschicago (Reply 2):
The crazy double screening for transit passengers, even when they are arriving and departing from T5

So you think someone arriving at T5 from Pakistan should be allowed to board a BA flight to JFK without re-screening? Seriously?

WIth the opening of T5C there is a lot less bussing. As to a whole new OneWorld Terminal, one thing at a time. BA got a new building, Skyteam got the refurbed T4, STAR get the new T2, Oneworld are next.

[Edited 2012-05-03 07:25:10]
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:24 pm

I love T5. It is such a pleasure to transit through. Plenty of light, space, seats and places to eat and drink.
Friendly staff, clean lounges and clear PA making it very easy to hear announcements being made.

I love the inter concourse train, quick, efficient, clean and easy.

I think T5 deserves the title it has finally been bestowed.
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:35 pm

I thought this one might get the juices flowing.

Quoting garpd (Reply 8):
I love T5. It is such a pleasure to transit through. Plenty of light, space, seats and places to eat and drink.
Friendly staff, clean lounges and clear PA making it very easy to hear announcements being made.

I love the inter concourse train, quick, efficient, clean and easy.

I think T5 deserves the title it has finally been bestowed.

Me too. It is extremely pleasant with some great spots for.......spotting !!
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 2:36 pm

Quoting TYCOON (Reply 4):
buses to remote parking stands

About 25% of T5 stands are remote ones (16) and four (524-527) in T5A are used only on late evening/early morning departures, lowering the %. It's quite a number, but I guess that the average in places such as FRA or ZRH won't be that far from it.

Quoting TYCOON (Reply 4):
fast track only open during morning hours (??!!!)

Wrong.I've flown BA0580 on April 27th, in Club, and even if it was 5 o'clock in the afternoon the fast track was absolutely open.

What I find lacking at T5 are showers (not even in the Club lounge AFAIK) or sleep areas for passengers on a long connection, which instead can be found in the likes of Zurich.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:37 pm

LHR T-5 is very nice by most standards, but nothing close to *best* in the world. Maybe after being used to the abuse of JFK and CDG, LHR T5 looks like heaven all of a sudden.

It definitely still pales compared to HKG/ICN/SIN T-3.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 2:54 pm

I'm pleased to hear this. Having been through T5 at least a dozen times over the past year or so, I think they've done a fantastic job there, and it has easily become my favorite terminal in Europe for connections.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 10):
What I find lacking at T5 are showers (not even in the Club lounge AFAIK)

There are plenty of showers in the main Galleries lounge. I have used them a number of times and have never had to wait, even during peak morning times. Not sure if there are any outside the lounges though.

Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 11):
It definitely still pales compared to HKG/ICN/SIN T-3.

I would actually call T5 comparable to HKG and ICN. I enjoy flying through all three. I would agree that it's hard to beat SIN T3 though!
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Thu May 03, 2012 3:04 pm

I've been to SIN more times than I care to remember and......well nothing really.....it's just like any other airport.

Terminal 5 is just so bright and airy with some high end restaurants both in and out of the airline lounges.

Having been long haul crew for many years I think I'm in a pretty good position to make a comparison.

I recently had one of the best lunches I've ever had in my life airside at Terminal 5, washed down with wonderful wine and equally wonderful views of the apron. My friends and I could have sat there all day having a good time.

Normally this is just the preserve of passengers in the lounges.

[Edited 2012-05-03 08:37:20]
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 3:26 pm

Quoting FoxBravo (Reply 12):

There are plenty of showers in the main Galleries lounge. I have used them a number of times and have never had to wait, even during peak morning times. Not sure if there are any outside the lounges though.

You mean the South Galleries or the North? Because I know there are some in the First lounge but I failed to spot one in the South Club galleries.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 3:53 pm

Quoting JL418 (Reply 10):
Wrong.I've flown BA0580 on April 27th, in Club, and even if it was 5 o'clock in the afternoon the fast track was absolutely open.

If he meant fast track Immigration then yes, that only opens till about 1 or 2 pm I think

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
You mean the South Galleries or the North? Because I know there are some in the First lounge but I failed to spot one in the South Club galleries.

Showers are located where the Spa Is if I recall correctly. There definitely are showers there.

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Compared to the other LHR terminals, T5 is the best one. Very open, very light, lots of windows and space in the terminal to sit and relax. Good shopping, lots of places to eat, free power ports to charge this that and the other.
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 4:14 pm

Definately the best airport terminal in the UK.... I wouldn't quite say the world though.

I do find it very modern and has a lot of natural light which is a plus... however airside it can be very busy and feels a little overcrowded.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 4:20 pm

You've got to be kidding me! Really!
It took 5 hours to get out of T5 for me to get to the Perimeter fence Travelodge...

I asked for my bags cancelling a connecting flight to stay in London...the next flight was a few hours in front, but it took 2 hours to blooming get it.

The next month, I went to the satelite terminal thinking it's easy just to get the train back to the main, like every other modern airport such as Changi.

No...even for staff, if they're in B, they have to go in the opposite direction to C and then double back just to get to the main terminal.

What a load of stupidness.

And the airport looks cold and dark and overpowering. Changi is the best for me  
 
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 4:22 pm

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 15):
Showers are located where the Spa Is if I recall correctly. There definitely are showers there.

First class then, thanks anyway.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 4:23 pm

I would simply put this down to Psychology. As it was voted for by Airline Travellers, my guess is that these are people who have flown through T1, T3 and T4 in Heathrow previously and endured the nightmare. Then after they travelled through T5, their previous perceptions were clouded and they made the large comparison.

Some will disagree I know, but having flown through excellent terminals like HKG, BKK and DEL (IMO), I wouldn't call it the "best" in the world, but given what Heathrow is outside T5, its quite a terminal.
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Thu May 03, 2012 4:33 pm

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 7):
So you think someone arriving at T5 from Pakistan should be allowed to board a BA flight to JFK without re-screening? Seriously?

Why does anyone from Pakistan deserve more security checks than other passengers? And by the way, I don't think he meant that transfer passengers should not be screened, but that they should not be screened twice...
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Thu May 03, 2012 4:43 pm

One assumes these accolades were bestowed upon the main terminal only, conveniently forgetting the sattelite terminals, along with everything else that makes up the travesty that's LHR.

But it does spark an idea. Think I'm going to nominate the left hand lane of the B9 between Koblenz and St. Goar as the best road in the world. But only on Tuesdays in March, just after lunch, driving a Porsche. But, there's no doubt, it's THE best road in the world!
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Thu May 03, 2012 5:31 pm

Sorry, yes, I meant Fast Track going through immigration upon arrival closes around noon or early afternoon. That being said, on a couple recent visits, the Fast Track nearest the Club World check-in on departures gets "clogged" so they ask you to go all the way down to the other side and use Fast Track there.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 5:32 pm

Times of India declared DEL's T3 to be the world's best terminal a few weeks ago.
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 5:42 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Thread starter):

I would like a bit more information about these "awards".
What was the sample percentage?
Was it independant?
Who or what are the "World Airport Awards"
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Thu May 03, 2012 5:45 pm

Well considering LHR handles annually 30M, 20M and 10M more international passengers than ICN, SIN and HKG respectively I think the airport and definitely Terminal 5 deserves this accolade.
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Thu May 03, 2012 5:49 pm

TYCOON and anstar I have to agree, once I passed through T5's check-in area which was a breeze and through the security check which involved queing for a good while the biggest surprise for me, once I cleared all that, was how crowded it did seem, it didn't have that spacious feel I was expecting given the size of the building when viewed from outside.

Having said that it is a vast improvement over T4. My return flight from Paris was even better. I passed through passport and immigration without delay and for the first and only time was greeted by the rare sight of my bag waiting for me on the carosel. Ah the good old days.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 6:00 pm

Doesn't matter how sparkly and shiny terminal 5 is LHR's biggest problem is actually getting there in the first place. It used to take me 2 / 2.5 hours to get there when even when I lived in London, now It'd probably take me 5-6 hours to get there, I can get to AMS quicker!

But hey, I fly economy and I pay for my flights myself so BA doesn't want my custom anyway.  
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Thu May 03, 2012 6:14 pm

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):

No, between the Concorde and first lounge there is the spa and their are showers their.

Quoting fca767 (Reply 17):

As I said the last time you asked the question, staff do not need to go to C to get back to A from B and it clearly says do not go to B and C unless your flight departs from them.......

Why did it take 5 hours for you to get out of the terminal?
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Thu May 03, 2012 6:25 pm

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 28):
As I said the last time you asked the question, staff do not need to go to C to get back to A from B and it clearly says do not go to B and C unless your flight departs from them.......

Why did it take 5 hours for you to get out of the terminal?

Well Considering it was a member of staff that was standing right next to me in B who also told me this then that is how it is.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 6:27 pm

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 28):
As I said the last time you asked the question, staff do not need to go to C to get back to A from B and it clearly says do not go to B and C unless your flight departs from them

Well that's why they should be down voted...having a sign saying don't go there is just not very nice, and goes to show that the whole system is a bit silly...having a guard checking the trains to make sure the departures and arrivals don't mix inside the train is just stupid...Why not have it like a real airport like Changi...and that's why they are usually best airport...among others like Dubai, Kuala Lumpar, HKG
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 6:55 pm

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
You mean the South Galleries or the North? Because I know there are some in the First lounge but I failed to spot one in the South Club galleries.

South--the big one. They are in the Elemis Travel Spa.

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 15):
Showers are located where the Spa Is if I recall correctly. There definitely are showers there.

  

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):

First class then, thanks anyway.

It's on the same level as the first class lounges, but the spa (including showers) is certainly available to Club World pax too.

Edited to add, although I haven't tried it, there is also a spa (with showers) at the B gates.

[Edited 2012-05-03 11:57:09]
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Thu May 03, 2012 7:03 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 25):

Well considering LHR handles annually 30M, 20M and 10M more international passengers than ICN, SIN and HKG respectively I think the airport and definitely Terminal 5 deserves this accolade.

Except that we're not comparing LHR vs. HKG/SIN/ICN, but just Terminal 5. T-5 handled like half the pax of Heathrow? That's like 30-33M ?

Another problem with T5 is that 5B concourse feels really dead (probably same about 5C) because BA has concentrated all the shopping/dining options at the main concourse (but that's not where the majority of T5 flights depart).
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 7:13 pm

I'm sorry but it's not April fools day.

LHR is worse that the s**t coming out of a cow's a**e.
I gladly pay a lot extra to avoid it.

Only worse in the world is CDG.
All other are better.

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Thu May 03, 2012 7:50 pm

T5 is nice by London's standards, but by no means the worlds best. It's run by BAA for a start, security staff are probably it's biggest let down, often very surly, it's also quite poorly designed.

A much worthier winner would have been SIN T3, clearly laid out, pleasant atmosphere, lots of shops without feeling like an overkill. All this and an amazing plethora of facilities and things to do without having to spend a penny.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 7:53 pm

Quoting kdhurst380 (Reply 34):
A much worthier winner would have been SIN T3, clearly laid out, pleasant atmosphere, lots of shops without feeling like an overkill. All this and an amazing plethora of facilities and things to do without having to spend a penny.

Yes!!! I decided to check-in 13 hours early for my flight back to manchester, all so I could enjoy the aiport and I really did, and never got bored one bit.
Here's the video of the first time I went and spent the 13 hours.
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:10 pm

Quoting fca767 (Reply 35):
Here's the video of the first time I went and spent the 13 hours.
https://vimeo.com/963515

Nice!
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:27 pm

It's the best terminal at LHR but that's as far as I would go. I still avoid anything to do with LHR after using T5 about 6 times. Too many escalators (even an escalator from the gate area to board your flight), long trek to the shuttle train to the remote terminals, slow security checks when it's busy (which is most of the time), poor signage in my opinion (compared to AMS for example).

And why do they need that checkpoint for your tickets/boarding passes after arriving on a flight before you can proceed to your connecting gate? I've never seen that at any other airport. Why can't you just proceed directly to your gate as you do everywhere else? I missed a connection to GVA a year or so ago due to a long line at that connections checkpoint. Got to the gate while the aircraft was still there but the flight had already been closed, meaning another 2 hour wait until the next LHR-GVA flight (luckily a fairly frequent route).

Other complaint is that, with the UK not part of Schengen, you always have to clear security a second time, even when connecting within Europe. When I connect in AMS/FRA/ZRH/MUC etc. to almost all major destinations in Europe (except the UK and Ireland) I only have to clear security once at the point of origin (GVA in my case). That means 2 extra bottlenecks for connections via LHR to Schengen destinations -- that annoying "flight connections" checkpoint plus the second security check, neither of which are needed anywhere else.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:36 pm

Quoting kdhurst380 (Reply 34):
it's also quite poorly designed.

Very... If coming t T5 by tube or LHR express and want to go to most of BA's lounges you have to go down the escalators after security - then pass along the busy terminal and then back UP some escalators..... is like a maze!
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:39 pm

I echo some of the sentiments on here, that while I quite like T5 I can't say its the best in the world. ICN, HKG, SIN take the cake for me. T5 is probably in the top 10 for me though.

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 7):
So you think someone arriving at T5 from Pakistan should be allowed to board a BA flight to JFK without re-screening? Seriously?

What an appalling statement.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 20):
Why does anyone from Pakistan deserve more security checks than other passengers? And by the way, I don't think he meant that transfer passengers should not be screened, but that they should not be screened twice...

        
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:40 pm

I like it too, I try to fly through is as often as I can.
But the staf... Oh my... They need a courtesy lesson or two!

Security staff? Get some new people who actually like working with human beings.

Great lounges in T5!

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Thu May 03, 2012 8:43 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 37):
And why do they need that checkpoint for your tickets/boarding passes after arriving on a flight before you can proceed to your connecting gate?

To stop you being blown out of the sky by terrorists ...in a nutshell.

There is a well know case in study for those check points that I simply cannot be bothered to explain.

Jeesh !

  
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:51 pm

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 39):
What an appalling statement.

Not appalling at all.

Two nations that are constantly under direct threat of attack by means of terrorism likely cultured in Pakistan are quite within their rights to take all necessary measures to protect themselves.

I'm afraid whether you like it or not and whichever side you happen to agree with ....recent history commands it.
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Thu May 03, 2012 8:52 pm

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 41):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 37):
And why do they need that checkpoint for your tickets/boarding passes after arriving on a flight before you can proceed to your connecting gate?

To stop you being blown out of the sky by terrorists ...in a nutshell.

I wasn't referring to the security check but to the check by BA ground staff before you can proceed to the security checkpoint.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 9:27 pm

Quoting anstar (Reply 38):
then pass along the busy terminal and then back UP some escalators

Yer and the 'buttonless' elevators, which are 'automatic' and mean you stand like a lemon waiting for one to wisk you down/up to the tube! Joke!

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 37):
I only have to clear security once at the point of origin

No thanks - memories of Frankfurt and 21st December 1988 mean im happy for extra security checks....

[Edited 2012-05-03 14:28:19]
 
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 9:30 pm

It was well known in the 80s that Rome and Greece had lax security at their airports. Not all countries have the same level of security. Hence you couldn't fly Pakistan-US direct as Pakistan is, let's be honest, a haven for Islamists. So under no circumstances should they be allowed to connect to another flight in my country without rescreening. It's fairly obvious. Who lets terrorists go when the Police take him to McDonalds? Who kept Bin Laden safe? Pakistan.
 
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 9:31 pm

T5 is definately NOT the best terminal in the world. It's nice compared to the other terminals, but there is so much more they could have done it to, and so many ways it can be improved. I hate having to go up from the tube, then down after security, then back up to the lounge, then way down to the train, then back up to the B/C concourse, up to the lounge, then back down to the gate...up and down, up and down. Couldn't they have made it one level?

And the staff at security are really quite horrible on the last few occasions I've been through (although no worse than other terminals).

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 7):
So you think someone arriving at T5 from Pakistan should be allowed to board a BA flight to JFK without re-screening? Seriously?

How are Pakistanis worse than other people? If you are "safe" bo board a flight to the UK, I honestly don't see what extra screening is needed. I flew BLL-MAN-LHR last week and had to go through security again. Yes, flying BA from Denmark, I had to be re-screened. What a waste of time/money/resourses.
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 9:58 pm

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 7):
So you think someone arriving at T5 from Pakistan should be allowed to board a BA flight to JFK without re-screening? Seriously?

Or the other way round. I work in security at LHR and can tell you that some of the items found in the bags of those travelling from the US, is mind blowing. Very scary.
 
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 10:45 pm

I agree, T5 is the best i've seen till now, no doubt, and i've travelled a lot!!!
 
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RE: LHR Terminal 5 Voted Worlds' Best.

Thu May 03, 2012 10:59 pm

T5 certainly shines above other London airport terminals, but it is most certainly NOT the worlds best.
Having flown through brilliant airports and experienced the Star Alliance Lounges in modern airports such as BKK and HKG I can guarantee that the international terminal at AKL is by far the best, and Skytrax seems to agree with this.

In addition, T3 at TLV was ranked the 5th most beautiful piece of modern architecture when it opened and it is a delight to fly through there, and I think it is highly underrated.

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