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Originally Posted by RadioGirl
Is it fairly obvious as one approaches the checkpoint area where the WBI machine is (or more to the point, where it is not) and is it possible to simply choose another checkpoint? (I don't know what terminal they're using.) I suggested that they have a look before plunging into the line, but not sure whether this helps.
I suspect it probably doesn't. At LHR T5, the machine is after the regular X-ray check. However, it's the security staff who select (or not) those they want to go through the extra check.
At LHR T4, I've not noticed the machine. I've not used LHR T1 or T3 recently so can't comment. I do remember that at LHR T2 (now closed), the machine was adjacent to the regular check.
You don't have the choice, other than to abort the trip if selected and you you don't want to comply. As mentioned, though, most people pass through without the invitation.
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Originally Posted by jms_uk
I agree - don't understand why are UK and Ireland flights bungled together in UK airports...
With apologies for bringing back an old thread, UK and Ireland departures have special procedures in a small number of UK airports (LHR, LGW, and BHX are the only ones I am aware of) because there is no border control coming from Ireland into the UK. Therefore, anyone boarding a flight from the UK to Ireland is by extension free to enter the UK.
If a UK airport allows transit passengers (who have not been cleared to enter the UK) to mix with passengers going to the UK or Ireland, they must take special care to ensure that the transit passengers do not board a flight to the UK or Ireland.