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JJeffrey Feb 19, 19 6:23 pm


Originally Posted by Nuhusky (Post 30799261)
First thatís a pretty tight connection for lhr........
you will not have time to go to the lounge, not with your connection time. Iíd bet your plane will be boarding by the time you clear security

To play devil's advocate a 1:25 T3/T3 connection at LHR will be plenty of time in 90% of cases. I've had similar T3/T3 connections a few times and all but once had enough time for a quick 20-30 mins of lounge time. Certainly not discounting your data point but there's no reason to cause a first time LHR flyer any undue stress or anxiety worrying about the connection :).

Nuhusky Feb 19, 19 6:45 pm


Originally Posted by JJeffrey (Post 30799387)
To play devil's advocate a 1:25 T3/T3 connection at LHR will be plenty of time in 90% of cases. I've had similar T3/T3 connections a few times and all but once had enough time for a quick 20-30 mins of lounge time. Certainly not discounting your data point but there's no reason to cause a first time LHR flyer any undue stress or anxiety worrying about the connection :).

im doing the same bcn flight in a week but this time I have a solid 3 hours. Draw of the flights and not by design. I think usually a 145 min connect is ok, and yes 90% of the the time not an issue

but that said lhr and air traffic is such a crap shoot. A little fog and a back up of planes and there goes your day. Letís also not forget brexit. Bottom line donít mess about and get through security with speed

Hopefully original poster is either flying pre brexit or well after. God only knows how brexit messes up flights, that date is quickly approaching.

I for for one am staying out of uk airspace until I see how things shape up with flights

bse118 Feb 19, 19 7:22 pm

Maybe we should keep this thread focused on answering the questions of a poster who is inexperienced with LHR and not introduce a bunch of conjecture about brexit and ATC holds (some of which are accounted for in planned flight times) and taking uncessarily long connection times.

1:25 is generally fine for a T3/T3 connection.

A T3/T3 connection is one of the easier connections at LHR.

OPs bags will be checked through to PHL, and OP will pass through a security checkpoint at LHR T3.

OP will go through EU exit immigration/customs at BCN. There will be no immigration or customs checks during the LHR transfer.

Those are the answers to the OPs questions.




Originally Posted by sparkygirl (Post 30798932)
. I have not gone through LHR before. .... I'm not familiar with the process.


ashill Feb 19, 19 8:02 pm


Originally Posted by Often1 (Post 30799375)
Just to be clear, this presumes one ticket with a connection, not two tickets. If the latter, bags will not be checked through and OP will need to clear customs, claim his bag, take it to AA to check in and then head back through security.

OP said ďThis is an AA award ticket that was booked all togetherď, so no worries there.

dls25 Feb 19, 19 8:30 pm

I did a 1:05 t3 to t3 (from prg) a few weeks ago and had no problems. Even had time to grab a snack from the lounge. LHR security sucks however - make sure to check ALL liquids/cremes/oils etc to avoid any problems.

dantheflyingman Feb 19, 19 8:54 pm


Originally Posted by dls25 (Post 30799737)
I did a 1:05 t3 to t3 (from prg) a few weeks ago and had no problems. Even had time to grab a snack from the lounge. LHR security sucks however - make sure to check ALL liquids/cremes/oils etc to avoid any problems.

Best advice I have for successfully (and quickly) navigating LHR security even when not possessing Fast Track privileges (which I inadvertently lost out on during my last transit due to not being able to read signage):
  1. Have all your liquids, creams, oils in a baggie ready to easily pull from your luggage and put on the belt (similar to non-TSA Precheck lines in the US)
  2. Have all your electronics available to be easily pulled from your luggage and put on the belt (laptops, iPads, phones - it all goes on the belt in Europe)
  3. Remember to use one bin per item - don't try to load up a bin with multiple items (particularly make sure to use a bin for your personal item alone and your carry-on bag alone). The person who is helping keep the belt moving may say differently, but you can't go wrong if you start out using one bin per item
  4. Have patience and be polite to the security personnel. Treat them respectfully and they will return the favor (unlike some TSA outposts in the US).
Your connection time should be fine, and, worst case, you find yourself on BA or rerouted through JFK on a slightly later flight.

Antarius Feb 19, 19 10:32 pm


Originally Posted by dls25 (Post 30799737)
I did a 1:05 t3 to t3 (from prg) a few weeks ago and had no problems. Even had time to grab a snack from the lounge. LHR security sucks however - make sure to check ALL liquids/cremes/oils etc to avoid any problems.

does it suck.. or is it actually decent?

I ask because the TSA cant find squat in my bag while the ones in LHR, PEK etc. Seem to find and examine my liquids.

perseus11 Feb 19, 19 11:12 pm

Depending on your departure date, if you miss the BA connection to AA737 (the last LHR-PHL AA flight of the day) and want to be proactive, I'd ask BA to be placed on the last BA LHR-PHL flight of the day, which departs LHR around 5PM. I assume this would likely be BA's fault, so there should be little problem with this solution, even though it's an AA award ticket.

KARFA Feb 20, 19 4:29 am


Originally Posted by Nuhusky (Post 30799261)
We then took off and they put us into a 45 min hold over London.

That's incredibly unlucky. In the many years and hundreds of times I have been in to LHR I have never been held for that long. That would be 9/10 laps of the hold which would be extremely unusual.

Just as a reassurance to sparkygirl as I don't want here to unduly worry, I would say typical is no more than 5-10 minutes which is usually 1-2 laps of the hold. This is factored in to the flight time. I have had a few occasions where it has been 10-15 minutes. Possibly one 20 minute once. But please do not think 45 minute holding is in anyway typical or even vaguely usual, it really isn't.

I agree with the advice from others like The _Banking_Scot, if this is one ticket you will be fine and it isn't that tight. Just follow the signs for Flight Connections T3, go through security (there is a much bigger flight connections centre that opened in T3 last May), and you will then be in the airside departures area.

ijgordon Feb 20, 19 8:43 am


Originally Posted by Antarius (Post 30800012)
does it suck.. or is it actually decent?

I ask because the TSA cant find squat in my bag while the ones in LHR, PEK etc. Seem to find and examine my liquids.

Well do you actually feel safer because they examined you hair gel? ;)
(Or perhaps more importantly, is there any empirical evidence that you actually ARE any safer? And Iím not defending the competence of the TSA.)

Back on topic- agree that the connection will be fine ~90% of the time.

anabolism Feb 20, 19 3:40 pm


Originally Posted by Antarius (Post 30800012)
does it suck.. or is it actually decent?

I ask because the TSA cant find squat in my bag while the ones in LHR, PEK etc. Seem to find and examine my liquids.

Since those liquids do not actually pose the slightest real-world security threat, it sucks. It sucks big time.

gateH15 Feb 21, 19 11:37 pm

Iím flying TXL-LHR-ORD next month and i have a question about luggage. TXL-LHR flight arrives at 5 pm and my LHR-ORD flight departs at 7:45 am next morning. Will my bag be checked all the way they or do I have to pick it up in LHR since Iím overnighting in London? Iíve done this connection before but I did not have a checked bag.

Ldnn1 Feb 22, 19 1:48 am


Originally Posted by gateH15 (Post 30808175)
Iím flying TXL-LHR-ORD next month and i have a question about luggage. TXL-LHR flight arrives at 5 pm and my LHR-ORD flight departs at 7:45 am next morning. Will my bag be checked all the way they or do I have to pick it up in LHR since Iím overnighting in London? Iíve done this connection before but I did not have a checked bag.

Yes it will be checked all the way through. Just make sure to confirm with the check in agent that they have done this.

You could ask for it to be checked just to London instead if you really wanted it with you overnight, but that just adds hassle.

gateH15 Feb 22, 19 2:53 am


Originally Posted by Ldnn1 (Post 30808459)


Yes it will be checked all the way through. Just make sure to confirm with the check in agent that they have done this.

You could ask for it to be checked just to London instead if you really wanted it with you overnight, but that just adds hassle.

I donít want it with me overnight. But I also want to make sure my suit case will be on the flight with me the next morning. I wasnít sure that they will check it thru because at some airports you canít have checked luggage overnight.

Ldnn1 Feb 22, 19 2:57 am


Originally Posted by gateH15 (Post 30808598)

I don’t want it with me overnight. But I also want to make sure my suit case will be on the flight with me the next morning. I wasn’t sure that they will check it thru because at some airports you can’t have checked luggage overnight.

You definitely can at LHR and it's standard procedure. As I say best just to confirm with the agent at TXL that they've done it (the bag tag will show both LHR and ORD). And for peace of mind you can check with a customer service/lounge/gate agent at LHR in the morning to confirm they see your bag in the system. There shouldn't be any issue.


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