I guess I am never going to get to the bottom of this one,however.
My last flight from LGW-MCO I was unable to checkin 24hrs before,no problem with my chosen seat,computer message to use the check-in booth at the airport. When I arrived I tried the booth and again it would not let me check-in, screen message to go to customer services. I went to the desk and explained my problem, the lady looked up my details and then got on her mobile phone,she said to the person at the other end, "I have Orlando 4A at check-in" She then entered some details that were read to her and my boarding card appeared. I thanked her and went to the lounge, there the same thing happened,the lady spoke to someone on a phone and then I was invited in.
So time now to get to the gate, not a long line,perhaps six people. The gate agent takes my boarding card and swipes it, looks at a list on a clip board and "would you please step over to the side sir" there a security agent empties my hand luggage and goes through everything very carefully while a "plain clothes gentleman" stands at his shoulder.
"what was the reason for travel, how long were you going for, who are you staying with?
Everyone happy they say thank you and I board the plane.
I have no problem with all this,love feeling secure,just seems I was selected 24hrs before hand, was that the case?