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Fast Track Security is generally offered by BA for passengers travelling in First, Club World, Club Europe and Business UK and Gold/oneworld Emerald (+1 guest) and Silver/oneworld Sapphire (+1 guest) members. This is a published benefit at LHR, LGW and JFK, but in practice is experienced as below.

Priority Boarding (previously called Fast Track Boarding) should be offered by BA for passengers travelling in First, Club World, Club Europe and Business UK and Gold/oneworld Emerald, Silver/oneworld Sapphire and Bronze/oneworld Ruby members. This is a published benefit for all airports, but in practice is experienced as below.

United Kingdom
LCY - City Airport Boarding: Yes Security: No
LGW - Gatwick Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes - Premium Gatwick, usually separate entrance
LHR - Heathrow Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes - plus First Wing at T5 for F/Emerald pax
ABZ - Aberdeen Boarding: Yes (but you may miss it if in lounge). Security: Yes
BRS - Bristol: Boarding: Yes (but likely to be a bus). Security: Yes (premium security on the left side)
BHD - Belfast City George Best Boarding: Yes direct from lounge. Security: Yes also included in many car park tickets
EDI - Edinburgh Boarding: Yes (plus advance call in lounge). Security: Yes (left hand entrance)
GLA - Glasgow Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
HUY - Humberside: Boarding: No. Security: No, but frankly unnecessary in both cases. Security only opens at 15 hrs for PM flights.
IOM - Isle of Man: Boarding: No. Security: No
INV - Inverness: Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes.
JER - Jersey Boarding: Yes. Security: No.
LBA - Leeds Bradford: Yes. Security: Yes
MAN - Manchester Boarding: Yes G 1-3 all together. Security: Yes
NCL - Newcastle upon Tyne Boarding: Yes (but you may miss it if in lounge). Security: Yes (right hand channel)
STN - Stansted Boarding Yes. Security: Yes

Europe
AAL - Aalborg Boarding No. Security No but in both cases meretricious
AAR - Aarhus Boarding No. Security Yes for all BA passengers.
ACE - Arrecife Boarding Yes. Security No
AGP - Mlaga Boarding Yes and enforced. Security Yes (to the right of main security)
ALC - Alicante Boarding: Yes. Security: No
AMS - Amsterdam Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
ANE - Angers Boarding: Yes, strictly enforced. Security: No, single security channel at very small airport
ARN - Stockholm Arlanda Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (separate line and separate x rays now BA is leaving from ARN T5)
ATH - Athens Boarding: Yes (not always enforced). Security: Yes (separate line including separate x-rays)
BCN - Barcelona Boarding: Yes Security: Yes (business class only) - Carril Rpid is on the left of main security.
BER - Berlin Brandenburg Boarding: Yes Security: Yes
BGO - Bergen Boarding Yes but you may end up waiting on the bridge Security: No can be delays there on Sunday evenings and Monday mornings
BIO - Bilbao Boarding Yes Fast track No
BIQ - Biarritz Boarding Yes, separate lane. Fast track No but security is quick.
BJV - Bodrum Boarding Yes Fast track No but security is quick.
BLL - Billund Boarding No Security: Yes for business class
BLQ - Bologna Boarding Yes but of limited value due to bus transfer Security: Yes via the back exit of the Marconi Business Lounge, however it is only open during peak hours.
BOD - Bordeaux Boarding Yes Security: No but long delays at security are unlikely
BRI - Bari Boarding: Yes. Security: No
BRU - Brussels Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes right hand lane, scan your own boarding pass.
BSL - Basle Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
BUD - Budapest Boarding: Yes. Security: No
CAG - Cagliari Boarding: Yes Security: No
CAT - Catania Boarding: Yes Security: No
CDG - Paris Charles de Gaulle Boarding: Yes. Security: No
CFU - Corfu/Kerkyra Boarding: No pointless, bus + unsheltered apron wait. Board last. Security: No allow extra time peak season / school holidays, otherwise it's swift.
CHQ - Chania Boarding: Yes, but it's a bus transfer so it gets you on the first bus. Security: No but fairly efficient away from peak weekends.
CMF - Chambry Boarding Yes but it's a bus. Security: No allow for plenty of time on Saturdays.
CPH - Copenhagen Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes but may need an airport issued boarding pass if not CE as the BA mobile BP isn't coded to work the priority security machines, otherwise the staff will let you through.
DBV - Dubrovnik Boarding: Occasionally. Security: No but very small airport and very laidback.
DLM - Dalaman Boarding: Yes. Security: No
DME - Moscow Boarding: Yes. Separate gate if on 747, separate line if on 767. Security: Yes, take the diplomatic corridor to the left when upstairs before the BP check
DUB - Dublin Boarding: Yes (announced with separate lane and signage, not always enforced). Security: Yes - to the right of main security, but if there is a queue outside the terminal then you still have to wait in this until you can diverge to the Fast Track inside
DUS - Dusseldorf Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (red priority markings on floor)
EGC - Bergerac Boarding: Yes but long walk on apron to aircraft results in survival of the fittest. Security: Yes, of surreal uselessness in this tiny airport.
FAO - Faro Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes, CE only
FCO - Rome Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
FDH - Friedrichshafen Boarding: No - bus transfer. Security: No and allow extra time in ski season
FLR - Florence Boarding: No - bus transfer. Security: No
FNC - Funchal Boarding Yes - usually by dedicated bus for status / club passengers (otherwise walk to stand) Security Yes
FRA - Frankfurt Boarding: Yes Security: Yes
FSC - Figari, Boarding Yes -short walk across apron to aircraft. Security: No
FUE - Fuerteventura: Boarding Yes provided not a bus to aircraft. Security: No
GIB - Gibraltar Boarding Yes. Security: No but small airport
GOA - Genoa Boarding: You must be joking. Security: No
GOT - Gothenburg Boarding: Yes. Security: No
GRX - Granada Boarding: Yesbut of limited value due to walk to aircraft.
GVA - Geneva Boarding: Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (requires scanning of BP - no non-status guests in Y. If status in Y, or CE on BACF, you'll need a BP printed at the check-in counter; app and home-printed BPs do not currently work).
HAJ - Hannover Boarding: Yes. Security: No (but airport is small and efficient)
HAM - Hamburg Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes, get stamp from desk but not essential
HEL - Helsinki Boarding: Yes. Security: Officially No, but Practically Yes with CE and BA Gold (probably even with other OWEs.) No if travelling ET with BA Gold+
HER - Heraklion Boarding: Yes (sometimes, and a bus so little use). Security: Yes (left hand lane, not always obvious)
IBZ - Ibiza Boarding: No. Security: No
INN - Innsbruck Boarding: No. Security: Did not try, although there is a separate First/Business Queue unsure of BA eligiblity
IST - Istanbul Boarding: Yes, but doesn't always work. Security: No
JMK - Mykonos: Boarding: Yes bit of a walk to aircraft so depends how fast you are; largely useless if bus transfer to aircraft. Security: No.
JSI - Skiathos Boarding: No but bus transfer anyway. Security: No.
JTR - Santorini Thira Boarding: Yes but for bus so largely useless. Security: No. Only opens up approx an hour before flight.
KEF - Keflavk Boarding: No and currently bus due to airport rebuilding. Security: No, but swift at the time of BA's flights.
KGS - Kos Boarding: Yes but for bus so largely useless. Security: No.
KLX - Kalamata Boarding: Yes but walk across apron so you may get outpaced. Security: No, only opens about 75 minutes before departure, but it's quick.
KRK - Krakw Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes,
LCA - Larnaca Boarding: Yes. Security: No
LEI - Almeria Boarding: Yes. Security: No,
LIG - Limoges Boarding: Yes. Security: No
LIN - Milan Linate Boarding: Yes but for bus. Security: Yes
LIS - Lisbon Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes, CE only
LPA - Las Palmas Boarding: Not really due to passport control, of limited value if bus. Security: No
LUX - Luxembourg Boarding: Yes. Security: No
LYS - Lyon Boarding: Yes but not always enforced. Security: No
MAD - Madrid Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
MAH - Mahn Boarding: No, passport check at gate and bus, so pointless. Security: No
MLA - Malta Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
MRS - Marseille Boarding Yes. Security: Yes Corridor on left bypasses cattle pens before security
MUC - Munich Boarding: Yes verbal announcement/gate dependent. Security: Yes
MXP - Milan Malpensa Boarding Yes but doesn't work well. Security: Yes - furthest lane
NAP - Naples Boarding: Yes, short walk to the plane - Security: Yes
NCE - Nice Boarding: Yes Security: No (there is a VIP channel but BA haven't bought into it, it's rarely quicker that way due to crew/staff use).
OLB - Olbia Boarding: Yes Security: No (there is a separate channel but I was denied access)
OPO - Porto Boarding: Yes Security: Yes ("Green Path" to left of main security).
ORY - Paris Orly Boarding: Yes Security: Yes - Gold/Emerald only
OSL - Oslo Boarding: Yes but you may end up waiting on the bridge. Security: Yes new since Dec 2015.
OTP - Bucharest Boarding Yes, but only at first call, no separate lane. Security: No
PFO - Paphos Boarding: No bus transfer. Security: No but usually quick anyway.
PMI - Palma de Mallorca Boarding: Yes, but sometimes bus transfer and not always enforced. Security: Yes but strictly limited to Club Europe passengers only.
PMO - Boarding: YesSecurity: Not yet , the airport is currently under reconstruction and Fast Track has only recently been opened.
PRG - Prague Boarding: Yes. Security: No security at gate. Imigration Fast Tack: Yes
PSA - Pisa Boarding Yes (bus so limited value) Security: No
PUY - Pula Boarding Yes Security: No
RHO - Rhodes Boarding Yes (bus so limited value) Security: No unless PriorityPass (see PP website for local procedures and this post). Allow extra time Sat PM and Sun AM.
RTM - Rotterdam Boarding No (bus transfer), Security: No
SKG - Thessaloniki Boarding: No, bus boarding. Security: Yes for CE, left hand lane.
SOF - Sofia Boarding: Yes. Security: No but queues are rarely long.
SPU - Split Boarding: No generally, but not always, bus transfer. Security: No but queues are rarely long.
STR - Suttgart Boarding: Yes separate gate area. Security: Yes (certain entrances only).
SVG - Stavanger Boarding: Yes but you may be kept waiting on the bridge. Security: No, there is a fast track but BA isn't included.
SVQ - Seville Boarding: Yes but the staggered layout of the boarding area makes it ineffectual. Security: Yes
SZG - Salzburg Boarding: No (Schengen passports and bus at the gate). Security: Yes
TFS - Tenerife South Boarding: Yes. Security: No
TIA - Tirana Boarding: No bus transfer, CE encouraged into front bus, due to bus placement by steps. Security: No but very swift anyway
TLS - Toulouse Boarding Yes. Security: Yes scan your BP through the reader
TRN - Turin Boarding Yes Security: Yes
TXL - Berlin Boarding: Yes but largely useless if bus transfer for flights to LCY. Security: No
UIP - Quimper Boarding: Yes Security: No, only one security channel, small airport
VCE - Venice Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
VIE - Vienna Boarding: Sometimes, but totally unenforced and often useless due to gate layout and people queuing before announcement. Security: No
VLC - Valencia Boarding Yes and enforced. Security: No but fairly slick anyway.
VRN - Verona Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes - note landside lounge and security relatively hard to find.
WAW - Warsaw Boarding: Yes, in theory Fast track lane not controlled and ET boarding at same time. Security: No.
ZAG - Zagreb Boarding: No (bus boarding). Security: No but see post 226.
ZRH - Zurich Boarding: Yes (may not be signed or clearly announced), Security: Yes (lane says "Business/First" and normally enforced)
ZTH - Zakynthos/Zante Boarding: Yes but bus transfers reduces the value, Security: No but it's usually fairly swift.

North America, Central America, South America and Caribbean (being updated for TSA Precheck - Partial Precheck see post 476 below)
AUS - Austin Boarding: Yes Priority security: Yes - with check in behind you turn left then go down the right most lane at security.
BDA - Bermuda Boarding: Yes - separate gate used. Security: No
BNA - Nashville Boarding: Yes. Priority security: Yes. TSA Precheck: Full
BOS - Boston Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes for CW and First.
BWI - (good morning) Baltimore: Boarding: Yes Security: No
DEN - Denver Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
DFW - Dallas Fort Worth Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
EWR- Newark Boarding: Yes. Security: Partial short cut to TSA document check
IAH - Houston George Bush Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
GCM - Grand Cayman Boarding: Yes. Security No
IAD - Washington Boarding: Yes. Priority Security: Yes fast-lane to documents check. TSA Precheck: Yes use central queue block
JFK - New York Boarding: Yes. Priority Security: Yes (F escorted to front). TSA Precheck: Partial
KIN - Kingston, Jamaica Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes. Ticket issued at Bag-drop for eligible pax.
LAS - Las Vegas Boarding Yes. Security: Yes
LAX - Los Angeles Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
MCO - Orlando Boarding: Yes. Security Yes (partial, special access to TSA documents check but after that you merge in with everyone else)
MIA - Miami Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
MSY - New Orleans Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes, right hand side (updated Nov 2019 for new terminal)
ORD - Chicago Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
PHL - Philadelphia Boarding: Yes. Security: No
PHX - Phoenix Boarding Yes also special last boarding call from lounge note: as lounge is no longer BA, this may not still apply. Security: Yes
SAN - San Diego Boarding Yes. Security: Yes
SCL - Santiago de Chile Boarding Yes. Security: Yes - upstairs by the Gatsby restaurant.
SEA - Seattle Boarding: Yes. Security: No
SFO - San Francisco Boarding: Yes from rear of lounge (at gate A9 on A380 and 747). Security: Yes, BP will be stamped "priority" at desk
SJC - San Jos USA Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (partial, only as far as the TSA documents check)
SJO - San Jos Costa Rica Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes use the far left hand lane, not well signposted.
YUL - Montreal Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (only for CW passengers, not for OW elites)
YVR - Vancouver Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (not on boarding pass and no indication on sign, but staff are helpful)
YYC - Calgary Boarding: Yes (Group One not used). Security: Yes (for CW, unknown for OW elites)
YYZ - Toronto Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (not on the sign but insist on it / Amex Plat lane)

Middle East & Africa
AUH - Abu Dhabi Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
BAH - Bahrain Boarding: Yes Security: Yes (including for Bronze - head to First & Business Class check in at far left of terminal).
BEY - Beirut Boarding: Yes, but you will wait on jetbridge for 5 minutes. Security: No
CAI- Cairo Boarding: No. Security: No (at gate security)
CPT- Cape Town Boarding: Yes. Security:No
DOH - Doha Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (Club World/First pax only). Immigration: Yes for CW/F PAX (at least).
DXB - Dubai Boarding: Yes. Security: No
KWI - Kuwait Boarding: Kind of. There's a priority lane (usual BA sign) into the at-gate security. Security (main airport): Yes. Lane is signed Business/First; check-in agent indicated we could use it (G and SCH travelling in W), but we didn't test it as there was zero queue for the regular lanes.
TLV - Tel Aviv Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (Inform queue manager that you're travelling in F/CW to be expedited for interview at check-in; F/CW receive priority security)
JED - Jeddah Boarding : No. Security: No
JNB- Johannesburg: Yes. Security No
RUH - Riyadh Boarding Yes. Security: No

Asia and Australasia
BKK - Bangkok Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
BOM - Mumbai (Bombay) Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes -for emerald
BLR - Bengalaru (Bangalore) Boarding: Yes - separate gate. Security: Unsure
DEL - New Delhi Boarding: Yes. Security+Emigration(+immigration): Yes for CW/F, No for status.
HKG - Hong Kong Boarding: Yes. Security: No (However it is very efficient )
HND - Tokyo Haneda Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (Only if you have BAEC status and flying BA metal - OW status is not enough)
ICN - Seoul Boarding: Yes. Security: Partially If in F, you can get escorted through the diplomatic channel. Assume not however, security at ICN is rigourous and not quick, allow >75 mins from security to BA departure.
KIX - Kansai (Osaka) Boarding: Yes Security: No
KUL - Kuala Lumpur Boarding: Yes. Security: No
NRT - Tokyo Narita Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes
SIN - Singapore Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (at gate) Immigration: No
SYD - Sydney Boarding: Yes. Security: Yes (need to get express path card at checkin) Arrivals (passport and quarantine): Only for premium cabins, unless you ask nicely (need express path card, which BA hand out on the plane) (though British citizens with epassport can also use smartgate which can be fast as well)
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Old Jan 11, 14, 3:09 am
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Originally Posted by visualAd View Post
I have been able to use YYZ fast track when I was travelling in First. Maybe its just not available to status passengers.
There is fast track for security at Toronto. It's inconsistent because the queue manager needs to spot the entitlement and find a suitable channel.
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
It's difficult to argue with that photo, but I'm going to try: I use T5 Flight Connections multiple times each week, I've never seen a queue anywhere near that length. Two people is more realistic. T5 is not a bad place to transfer.
I agree, C-W-S, I use T5 connections at least weekly and have never seen it like that. It's usually empty as you said. It was obviously a bad weather day or there was some other particular problem. While the camera never lies, I'm amazed, Hillrider, that you can make such a sweeping generalization based on a specific incident. While that wasn't security, I suggest you try EZE sometime when there is one security channel open and 4-5 international flights about to leave!
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Old Jan 11, 14, 3:48 am
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I was on a MH A380 today from KUL-HKG and their boarding consisted of someone shouting "we're boarding now" and a free for all.
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Old Jan 11, 14, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by visualAd View Post
I have been able to use YYZ fast track when I was travelling in First. Maybe its just not available to status passengers.
Yes there is one there. Came through last week in CW and there was a sign next to it saying American Express card holders only.

No problem though as there was no one in the other queue
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Old Jan 11, 14, 5:07 am
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YYC (Calgary) - there is priority security but its fairly poorly signed/confusing and the normal queue snakes out so can be a bit "daunting" to just slide up the side. Had to persuade the security guy that Club World meant Business Class. He said OK and put me right at the front. Saved A LOT of time standing around. Boarding is announced from the lounge and priority board exists.

Abu Dhabi - IIRC there is no priority security?

ARN also no priority security. Once went through with *G card on BA flight just flashing the card.
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Old Jan 11, 14, 5:26 am
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In GVA there is FT for boarding. For security if you check in at the counter you get FT. If you have done OLCI or used the BA app, it doesn't seem to work for GCH unless you go to the counter and get a sticker (which somewhat defeats the object of the exercise). The FT security is verified at an automatic gate where the BP is scanned and you then join the front of the "normal" line.
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Old Jan 11, 14, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by catandmouse View Post
The FT security is verified at an automatic gate where the BP is scanned and you then join the front of the "normal" line.
Indeed, and this gate doesn't recognise any guests of course.
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No fastrack security or boarding in Vienna when I was there recently
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Originally Posted by catandmouse View Post
In GVA there is FT for boarding. For security if you check in at the counter you get FT. If you have done OLCI or used the BA app, it doesn't seem to work for GCH unless you go to the counter and get a sticker (which somewhat defeats the object of the exercise). The FT security is verified at an automatic gate where the BP is scanned and you then join the front of the "normal" line.
If you are in CE and have printed your boarding pass via OLCI or have it on your mobile, you go straight to security in GVA whatever colour EC card you have. For GCH, it is only when you are in ET, you need to get a sticker from the check-in counter.
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Originally Posted by FrancisA View Post

I can give you a view for most of Italy if that helps (some of these may have changed as I have not been through all these this year):
You forgot to describe boarding in Italy ...

Two experiences this year, PSA an absolute total zoo, literally 100 pax pushing at the access point with faint call from the com system for CE. On the flip side this is a holiday destination and people check bags, so I've never had a problem finding overhead space even in Y.

LIN boarding is by bus. There is a separate lane for CE and status pax, reasonably well managed tho' usually on the farther side coming from the lounge so you still have to push through the solid main line to get to it. Once the bus unloads it's a bit of a scrum, as with most bus boarding. I don't do this often enough to have the bus placement down pat. LIN does have priority security but it can be a bit tricky to locate. Not an issue usually if you're on the first morning flight out of LIN, worth the effort in the afternoons when it's much busier all around at the airport.
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Old Jan 11, 14, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by MarkedMan View Post
You forgot to describe boarding in Italy ...

Two experiences this year, PSA an absolute total zoo, literally 100 pax pushing at the access point with faint call from the com system for CE. On the flip side this is a holiday destination and people check bags, so I've never had a problem finding overhead space even in Y.

LIN boarding is by bus. There is a separate lane for CE and status pax, reasonably well managed tho' usually on the farther side coming from the lounge so you still have to push through the solid main line to get to it. Once the bus unloads it's a bit of a scrum, as with most bus boarding. I don't do this often enough to have the bus placement down pat. LIN does have priority security but it can be a bit tricky to locate. Not an issue usually if you're on the first morning flight out of LIN, worth the effort in the afternoons when it's much busier all around at the airport.
Not done PSA for a while, but that doesn't surprise me.

LIN is boarding by bus courtesy of the UK government's refusal to join Schengen. I do this route about 5-6 times a year. Having to pass through passport control can be a pain, particularly if only one desk is manned and there are a couple of flights about to go.

Where to be on the bus does become second nature after a while At least they use both doors on the plane and most passengers know which is nearer to their seats.

I am surprised that you find the fast track security hard to locate - it is straight down from the desks BA uses. The agents should point it out to you if you are unfamiliar with LIN. It is usually much quicker than normal security and strictly enforced. Same is true of MXP. These (and BLQ) are the only Italian airports I have found that offer a decent fast track experience.
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Old Jan 11, 14, 1:30 pm
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To be fair, IAD passport checks are 'priority' and do therefore do slightly favour Premium Pax. It's after that check that you join one of many lines, where anything could happen depending on your luck. 25% premium?
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SVG and BGO have fast track boarding, but not fast track security
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It's quite interesting to learn how much each airport charges carriers for Fast Track security and how this influences whether BA offer it to status in addition to CE. These figures are up-to-date:

AMS- free
ATH- free
BCN- €1 per pax
BOS- free
BSL- 2 CHF per pax
BRU- €2 per pax
BUD- 1514 HUF per pax
CDG- €0.07 per pax
DUB- €0.80 per pax
LHR- (some terminals, some free) 0.69 per pax
MAN- free
JFK- free
MXP- €20k a year.

That's all I can dig out for now. Quite a few more major airports are free.
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CDG - Paris

Boarding: Yes

Security: No


MAA - Chennai

Boarding: Yes

Security: No
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