I recently connected through Manchester airport from an internal flight (FlyBe into terminal 3) onto an international flight (Qatar terminal 2).
Now, the Manchester airport website at: https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/hel ... transfers/
states that "Transferring from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 or 3 should take no more than 5 to 15 minutes, with moving walkways throughout the terminal buildings.". So, arriving off the FlyBe flight, I found and followed the signs for connections. In all it was a pretty long walk. Not a single moving walkway and several sets of steps (there might have been 1 escalator... but certainly several sets of steps which is fine by me because I need the exercise).
After going through a security "check" (a brief look at my boarding pass) at each end of this walk, I found myself in a waiting room and needed to call for a bus (what happened to the moving walkways throughout the terminal buildings?) and after a 10 minute wait (no toilet in this waiting room or anywhere near), the bus arrived. I was the only passenger waiting. The bus drove airside (literally across the aprons, fantastic for spotting) and at the other end the driver got out and used his plastic pass to open a door to terminal 2. He said... there you go, you're right by the departure gates.
At this point I told him that I'd not been through any immigration check, let alone any security scanning. He said "lucky you". Up another flight of steps (there was a lift this time) and as he pointed out, I was right at the departure gates airside. This magic door that led me to terminal 2 was very close to the smoking area, which was great for me.
Forgetting the lounge (the toilets which are shared between 2 lounges had clearly not been cleaned for hours) and I boarded my flight.
Not one passport check and zero scan of my carry on. Ok it had been scanned at the beginning of the internal flight, but should I be able to connect straight from an internal flight onto an international flight with zero immigration and zero screening?