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This gives the lounges options available for BA passengers departing from LHR T3. If you flight is departing from T3 you will not have access to the T5 lounges - including Concorde Room - since you must have a same-day T5 boarding pass to get airside in T5. If your flight is from T3, then you need to use the T3 lounges, your boarding pass will not work in T5. As it happens there is a good range of lounges available in T3, details below.

For breakfast options for BA Gold / Emerald / First travellers, there is a photo guide in post 291, click here. Note the Qantas lounge only opens at 08:00 hrs.

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Old Jun 24, 22, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by prof View Post
In fairness to Americans, the allowance for liquids in the US is more than what’s allowed in the UK: still 100 ml per bottle, but you can take more (up to a quart bag), whereas in the UK you have to fit all your liquids in a tiny sandwich bag, which they also want to see sealed tight.
The rule is pretty much identical on both sides of the Atlantic. The bag size is basically the same in the US and the UK: a US quart = 946 ml.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:31 am
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The rule is pretty much identical on both sides of the Atlantic. The bag size is basically the same in the US and the UK: a US quart = 946 ml.
There has to be a better way of screening bags. The rules seemed to have gotten worse since 9/11. First shoes, then liquid, and then tablets/laptops. I read the new CT scanners will help, but they're slower. I think I saw them at HEL. It's been more than two decades since 9/11 and we have to find a better way of doing security screening. Lots of time wasted at security instead of being spent at the lounge where I can relax, eat, and work.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by sau54 View Post
There has to be a better way of screening bags. The rules seemed to have gotten worse since 9/11. First shoes, then liquid, and then tablets/laptops. I read the new CT scanners will help, but they're slower. I think I saw them at HEL. It's been more than two decades since 9/11 and we have to find a better way of doing security screening. Lots of time wasted at security instead of being spent at the lounge where I can relax, eat, and work.
CT scanners are much faster! They work really well at HEL and AMS.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:39 am
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CT scanners are much faster! They work really well at HEL and AMS.
I was also at AMS last week and I don't remember seeing the CT scanners. I think I read in the news that the CT scanners were slower, but given the chaos at airports these days, I don't pay very close attention. HEL was definitely better than LHR. Since I was flying AY in J, I didn't have to line up to get to the second floor for departure. I just got there and immediately head towards priority security. I also didn't have to take anything out of my bag.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:43 am
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I was also at AMS last week and I don't remember seeing the CT scanners. I think I read in the news that the CT scanners were slower, but given the chaos at airports these days, I don't pay very close attention. HEL was definitely better than LHR. Since I was flying AY in J, I didn't have to line up to get to the second floor for departure. I just got there and immediately head towards priority security. I also didn't have to take anything out of my bag.
I suppose it might take more time to look at each bag as it passes through, but I think they save a lot of time because people can just dump their bags and walk through. Theres always a load of people who sleep walk their way to security and then seem surprised when they have to take liquids out etc.

HEL is such a great airport, Ive really enjoying flying from there a couple of times this month. As you say, priority security is a dream there.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by sau54 View Post
I was also at AMS last week and I don't remember seeing the CT scanners. I think I read in the news that the CT scanners were slower, but given the chaos at airports these days, I don't pay very close attention. HEL was definitely better than LHR. Since I was flying AY in J, I didn't have to line up to get to the second floor for departure. I just got there and immediately head towards priority security. I also didn't have to take anything out of my bag.
You didnt have to take anything out of the bag as they are all CT scanners at AMS now.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:45 am
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station View Post
I suppose it might take more time to look at each bag as it passes through, but I think they save a lot of time because people can just dump their bags and walk through. There’s always a load of people who sleep walk their way to security and then seem surprised when they have to take liquids out etc.

HEL is such a great airport, I’ve really enjoying flying from there a couple of times this month. As you say, priority security is a dream there.
I never travel with liquid and rarely travel with an iPad or laptop. I always travel with a camera and occasionally, my bag has to be manually inspected and the camera bag has to be scanned again. It's not very consistent.

Hopefully, the days of us taking out our shoes, laptops, and liquid will be in the distant memory with these new CT scanners.

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You didn’t have to take anything out of the bag as they are all CT scanners at AMS now.
Since I rarely travel with a laptop and never have liquid with me, are you saying that with a CT scanner, I'll never have to take out a laptop again? It didn't crossed my mind to bring a laptop just to test it.

​​​​​​​You're right, I don't remember having to take my camera out of the bag at AMS while I had to do that at LHR! When is LHR getting CT scanners?
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Old Jun 24, 22, 11:28 am
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Can we refocus the discussion on the lounges at LHR Terminal 3 please. There is plenty of room on FT to chat about security scanning but this really isnt the best thread for that.

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Old Jun 24, 22, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station View Post
I suppose it might take more time to look at each bag as it passes through, but I think they save a lot of time because people can just dump their bags and walk through.
Broadly they take more time since the processing time is longer. If you are well organised and can pull out laptop and liquids quickly, since you were prepared in advance, and put them at the top of the bag for rapid removal, the CT scanners are almost always going to be slower since they may well need to do a 3d analysis of the bag/laptop. Competency counts for more than anything in this game, which is why the First Wing at T5 is always going to beat the CT scanner.
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Old Jun 25, 22, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by LAX/HKG View Post
What about the J lounges? Which one in T3 is the best?
Id say Cathay Pacific Business lounge, hands down. Did a bit of a tour a couple
of weeks ago on a short BA hop to Pisa.

The BA lounge was horrific in T3. It was rammed and felt like you were just sat in the departure hall.

The Qantas lounge was nice but I couldnt get my head around what the food offer was.

Headed back to the Cathay Pacific lounge, reached in one of their lovely recliner arm chairs with foot stool and views across the field. Food delicious. Bar offer and service great.
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Old Jun 25, 22, 10:10 am
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Will the QF lounge be able to change my FFP from BA (Silver for seat assignment and lounge access) to QF (no status but want to collect points)?
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Old Jun 25, 22, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by IanG84 View Post
Id say Cathay Pacific Business lounge, hands down. Did a bit of a tour a couple
of weeks ago on a short BA hop to Pisa.

The BA lounge was horrific in T3. It was rammed and felt like you were just sat in the departure hall.

The Qantas lounge was nice but I couldnt get my head around what the food offer was.

Headed back to the Cathay Pacific lounge, reached in one of their lovely recliner arm chairs with foot stool and views across the field. Food delicious. Bar offer and service great.
QF was definitely the place to go for peace and quiet as there were much fewer people than CX. However, I think CX J have better food. Depending on the time that one goes to the QF lounge, you can have a la carte or the buffet on the second floor.
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Old Jun 28, 22, 4:38 am
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Is this constant promotion of the one world T3 lounges (hfp, tlfl, flyertalk etc etc) likely to kill the golden goose, lots more people doing lounge crawls these days compared with just a few years back. Are BA on the hook to pay for entry into every lounge people hop to from?

Originally Posted by EDDLEGLL View Post
I highly doubt it’s a big issue at all - the vast majority of travellers have no idea.

Only this morning I told a fellow gold card holder in the office about how excited I was to be finally flying to HEL again, “because it’s T3” and she had no idea. Even after telling her about the “amazing world of CX F and QF” she’s still not convinced and will likely end up in BA GF again on her next trip.

The one thing that might increase awareness is the fact that the BA App no longer shows you which lounge to use, but instead redirects you to the oneworld lounge finder where access rules are prominently displayed.
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Same experience, very frequent flyers who are BA Gold completely unaware they can use other Oneworld lounges!

Interesting that the BA app now directs you to the Oneworld lounge finder - I would have thought BA would be charged each time one of their passengers enters the CX/QF lounges at T3, and for obvious reasons they would rather those passengers in their own BA lounges as there is no additional cash outlay. Be interesting to see how long the BA App stays this way!
https://www.headforpoints.com/2022/0...in-terminal-5/
"Is British Airways desperately trying to stop its passengers running up huge bills by visiting the superior Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges in Terminal 3?!"

Perhaps Hfp is just reading too much into this, but with Hfp, TFl and other bloggers (and this thread) promoting the T3 lounge access it could be true...
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Old Jun 28, 22, 4:46 am
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I can only assume that line is said very much tongue in cheek. It is not a realistic reason for a mass terminal move of BA routes with two weeks notice in the middle of the S22 season.
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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
I can only assume that line is said very much tongue in cheek. It is not a realistic reason for a mass terminal move of BA routes with two weeks notice in the middle of the S22 season.
I fully concur with KARFA's interpretation of this, it was very likely a jovial/tongue-in-cheek comment made my Rob at HfP and if indeed airlines were seeing this to be a major issue, I'd expect them to coerce OW to change the rules to disallow this rather than change entire terminals at such short notice. So I'd sincerely remove such thoughts that this is due to some convoluted conspiracy to bar lounge hops!!
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