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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 Aug 17, 22, 7:28 am
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Quick question for the collective expertise of the forum- I note the wiki mentions that BAEC ≥Gold members (Oneworld Emerald) mentions that at LGW the premium security lane is included. I'm a Qantas Platinum (Emerald) and have just checked in for my BA flight tonight, but my boarding pass doesn't have "Fast Track" on it like it does sometimes.

Has anyone had any experience at LGW recently? I can probably try and blag my way in but would prefer to have something written down on either Oneworld or Gatwick's website which says I'm eligible!

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Old Aug 30, 22, 5:08 pm
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Is there actually priority security at the TBIT at LAX? Ive just been through security there and couldnt see any form of priority lane or fast track. Theres also no priority on my boarding pass even though Im BA Gold booked in Club. Did I just choose the wrong security for this terminal?
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Old Aug 30, 22, 5:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station View Post
Is there actually priority security at the TBIT at LAX? Ive just been through security there and couldnt see any form of priority lane or fast track. Theres also no priority on my boarding pass even though Im BA Gold booked in Club. Did I just choose the wrong security for this terminal?
BA does not use the word "Priority" on their boarding passes. Group 1 or Group 2 would mean priority. I have seen the wording "Fast Track" on boarding passes out of London ( especially mobile boarding passes ), but never out of an outstation.

There is only one security checkpoint at LAX TBIT with two entrances ( one for regular and one for TSA Pre & crew ) and the regular one has a dedicated priority lane but it might not be open 7/24.
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Old Aug 30, 22, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer View Post
BA does not use the word "Priority" on their boarding passes. Group 1 or Group 2 would mean priority. I have seen the wording "Fast Track" on boarding passes out of London ( especially mobile boarding passes ), but never out of an outstation.

There is only one security checkpoint at LAX TBIT with two entrances ( one for regular and one for TSA Pre & crew ) and the regular one has a dedicated priority lane but it might not be open 7/24.
Thanks for the explanation.

I couldnt see a priority lane at regular security but luckily the lines moved fairly fast, despite some of the passengers appearing to be barely conscious.
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The wiki says there is no fast track security in Vienna. When I travelled from Vienna recently, the fast track security was automated and it just worked by scanning the boarding pass. Not sure if anyone else can also confirm so we can update the wiki
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Old Sep 3, 22, 4:09 am
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Originally Posted by bobiguous View Post
The wiki says there is no fast track security in Vienna. When I travelled from Vienna recently, the fast track security was automated and it just worked by scanning the boarding pass. Not sure if anyone else can also confirm so we can update the wiki
Travelling 10th of Aug.22 VIE-LHR in CE, there is a newer central security for D-Gates (in former times security was at the gate) with priority line and automated scan of bc, worked fine with us.
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Old Sep 5, 22, 9:08 pm
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I note the wiki states "yes" for everything at TLV. Does anyone have more info, as having just passed through I've not been able to find any priority services. Travelling HBO I still checked at the BA desk to be advised I needed to queue in zone W for pre-security, with no fast track available. Then at main security multiple staff members said there was no form of fast track, and again at the passport check it was a case of joining one of the main lines. No real problem since although the queues are all long they do move fairly quickly. From walking into the terminal at 4am I was in the lounge within 45 minutes, and my questions to the staff were more out of interest than necessity, but unless a regular can confirm otherwise I wouldn't want to leave it until the nearer the flight time to arrive at the terminal!
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Another mockery of the whole Group system this last trip to the UK. The flight from LHR to NCL was from Gate 4 so a bus. Although they did call Group 1 first (after pre-boarders, and the usual bag-taggers who get - but don't really need or deserve - priority boarding) it was irrelevant as we were all then jammed onto a bus and ferried to a remote stand. The flight back from LHR to LAS saw "We're going board Group 1 and 2 now" so, again, no real perk to being Gold. Having called us all forward the e-gates weren't turned on, so we all just stood around while the gate staff frantically tried to figure out why and then decided they had to board everyone manually. Every time it's something new. Every time it really does feel as if some staff are doing this for the first time ever. It's an everlasting shambles.
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Old Sep 8, 22, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
Another mockery of the whole Group system this last trip to the UK. The flight from LHR to NCL was from Gate 4 so a bus. Although they did call Group 1 first (after pre-boarders, and the usual bag-taggers who get - but don't really need or deserve - priority boarding) it was irrelevant as we were all then jammed onto a bus and ferried to a remote stand. The flight back from LHR to LAS saw "We're going board Group 1 and 2 now" so, again, no real perk to being Gold. Having called us all forward the e-gates weren't turned on, so we all just stood around while the gate staff frantically tried to figure out why and then decided they had to board everyone manually. Every time it's something new. Every time it really does feel as if some staff are doing this for the first time ever. It's an everlasting shambles.
I feel for you. I cant remember the last time BA actually called Group 1 first and enforced it. And you have my sympathies regarding LHR-NCL - its been dismal lately, with multiple delays and issues.
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It seems that Fast Track at WAW has returned. I saw huge standard queues this morning so went to FT to buy a passand my travelling colleague noticed Fast Track on his (printed) pass. And, Lo! My (app) pass worked. Not sure for how long this has been back on - cant be more than 6-8 weeks as I tried to go through at that time and was refused - but it is certainly good newshopefully this is not an isolated destination )or incident!)
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Old Sep 22, 22, 6:55 am
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One bit of good news - at LYS today, BA did provide Fast Track (eligible with my OWE status), contrary to previous reports here. It automatically showed up on my mobile boarding pass - so that is very a welcome addition. It worked a treat, especially as security lines were LONG today.

If possible, can someone update this on the Wiki?
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Old Sep 22, 22, 7:38 am
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Fast Track at IBZ is terrible for two reasons:

1) As soon as the gate is called, people walk to the gate and start queuing. I've never known why passengers do that? Surely they know that BA flights are boarded by groups (at least normally). As there's only a single way past the gate, I notice the official don't bother with CE priority. I didn't queue, but walked to the front as soon as they started allowing people through.

2) You're hoarded on to a bus and they get about 40 people on there, they they all get off the bus and it's a free-for-all onto the plane. No business priority at all.
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Arriving next week on BA (Club World) from DEN connecting to BA (Club Europe) to VIE. Both arrive and depart from T5. Is Fast Track security available for T5 to T5 connections?
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Originally Posted by Geordie405 View Post
Another mockery of the whole Group system this last trip to the UK. The flight from LHR to NCL was from Gate 4 so a bus. Although they did call Group 1 first (after pre-boarders, and the usual bag-taggers who get - but don't really need or deserve - priority boarding) it was irrelevant as we were all then jammed onto a bus and ferried to a remote stand. The flight back from LHR to LAS saw "We're going board Group 1 and 2 now" so, again, no real perk to being Gold. Having called us all forward the e-gates weren't turned on, so we all just stood around while the gate staff frantically tried to figure out why and then decided they had to board everyone manually. Every time it's something new. Every time it really does feel as if some staff are doing this for the first time ever. It's an everlasting shambles.
I was to/from GOT over the weekend. From LHR, it was as it should be - Group 1 called first, albeit everyone had already scanned in, so it required someone at the bridge to physically check the #1 on the boarding pass. But still, it worked because people were turned away/sent through, as appropriate.

Coming back, they announced rows 1-3 would be boarding first... in a 5-row CE cabin. I was in 1, so had already done my shuffle to right next to the desk thing. But after I got on the plane, nobody else joined in CE for about 5 mins. In fairness there was a tedious queue at passport control, but it still felt like nobody quite understood how it was supposed to work (as you say) and even taking into account that it's not exactly a home airport.
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