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A Guide to Connecting at LHR T5

Old May 8, 2024, 12:13 pm
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Old May 8, 2024, 9:24 pm
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Have an upcoming 1 hr 20 minute connection, INT T5 to INT (T5A I believe from checking previous flights of the same number, understand Term 5/A/B/C not guaranteed). Arriving to LHR on Monday morning around 7AM. How have connection security waits been on Monday mornings?

Oneworld Emerald flying in J, non-EU/UK citizen. Could also go landside and through via the First Wing but am hoping to just stay airside barring a throng of people crowding the connection checkpoint. Will not checking bags.
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Old May 9, 2024, 12:38 am
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Originally Posted by frenchcargo371
Have an upcoming 1 hr 20 minute connection, INT T5 to INT (T5A I believe from checking previous flights of the same number, understand Term 5/A/B/C not guaranteed). Arriving to LHR on Monday morning around 7AM. How have connection security waits been on Monday mornings?

Oneworld Emerald flying in J, non-EU/UK citizen. Could also go landside and through via the First Wing but am hoping to just stay airside barring a throng of people crowding the connection checkpoint. Will not checking bags.
You say non-EU/UK but are you any of:

Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the USA ?

If so you can also use the e-gates and I would definitely consider the landside route in that situation. You can see if theres a backlog before committing.

If not eligible for e-gates then I would just
stick with the connections route.
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Old May 9, 2024, 12:56 am
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I would add that if you are on time or early, able to use the e-gates (or the non EEA area looks empty) then going landside will be a bit faster, a bit more comfortable and get you reasonably directly into the First lounge. If any of those "if" statements does not apply then you best go via Flight Connections. Under 1 hour then I would only go via Flight Connections regardless.
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Old May 12, 2024, 8:45 am
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Yes we are USA citizens, did not know that we were also eligible for the e-gates! Will check lines upon arrival but it would be "cool" to use the First Wing entrance as we have not originated from LHR or used it before. Thanks all.
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Old May 15, 2024, 1:30 pm
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When choosing between Flight Connections at T5, and going landside and then into the First Wing, is it possible to scope out the Flight Connections security line, and then bail out to immigration if the lines look too long? Or is one committed to Flight Connections by the time one can see the security lines?

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Old May 15, 2024, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by saunders111
When choosing between Flight Connections at T5, and going landside and then into the First Wing, is it possible to scope out the Flight Connections security line, and then bail out to immigration if the lines look too long? Or is one committed to Flight Connections by the time one can see the security lines?
Not any longer, and you had to be pretty clued up previously too. The security area is the floor above the UK Border and so you can see the passport queues, but not the security lines. Before CT scanners you could tell if it was backed up upstairs since they used to hold people downstairs before going up, but those queues have gone, and so the only real difference on Flight Connections is between queues of say 2 minutes and 10 minutes, less than the difference in walking speed for different people going landside. Hence the 1 hour FT Rule is probably your most reliable guide. I don't think anyone here (who knows about these things) has argued against that approach.
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Old May 18, 2024, 3:45 am
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If you are in a lounge in T5 and want to exit landside,how do you do this? Say from galeries F ?
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Old May 18, 2024, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by Earthman
If you are in a lounge in T5 and want to exit landside,how do you do this? Say from galeries F ?
The official method is to speak to customer services and ask to be added to the list for the next escorted "tour" that takes you landside. It tends to leave every hour, on the hour.

The unofficial - and often quicker - method is to use the transit to T5C and stay on when it returns to T5A. This takes you into the arrivals stream so you have to go through passport control, but if the e-gates are working and you're eligible to use them, you'll probably still save time.
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Originally Posted by Earthman
If you are in a lounge in T5 and want to exit landside,how do you do this? Say from galeries F ?
you take the train to C, stay on it and go back to arrivals, go through passport control and leave.

Be aware that when you return, the boarding pass for the flight you used to get airside will consider you to be airside and you will not be able to enter security until this is addressed
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Old May 19, 2024, 10:51 am
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I'm meeting a friend at T5 from BA 435 AMS-LHR, arriving at 1530 as we both connect to VS25 LHR-JFK at 2005. Both legs HBO only, seperate tickets.

4 hours should be more than enough time for any option, but would it be more convenient to get him to take the flight connections bus to T3 (and meet him there) rather than him go landside at T5?

Also, does T3 FCC have the new scanners?

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Old May 19, 2024, 10:58 am
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if you aren't connecting then your only options to meet him is if he goes landside at T5 to meet there, and you both go to T3 together, or you both make your own way to T3 and meet once both airside.

T3 FT is fully new scanners now. T3 FCC has some new scanners at the far end, and older ones at the near end. it just depends on the day which ones you end up using.
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Old May 22, 2024, 11:24 am
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So our flight landed 20 minutes late, held for 10 minutes outside of the gate for the automated parking guidance machine to be turned on...we finally deplaned at 735 with a 0800 gate closure time for our next flight (arrived to T5B next flight from T5A).

Fortunately Fast Track was virtually empty - and we made our connection with ~5 minutes to spare - wasn't timing it too diligently but this all happened in about 20 minutes. Some really fast walking was definitely involved! Thank you to those who contributed in this thread, we really didn't want to wait 9 hours in LHR for the next direct flight!
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Old Jun 4, 2024, 5:07 pm
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I have oodles of time between domestic and connecting flight next week.
Despite transiting plenty of times Domestic/International, I'm thinking that instead of sitting in the lounge for 7 hours or so, going out for some fresh air, (weather depending!).

Am I right in thinking I just land myself from the domestic, exiting through the baggage hall, while the checked through bags are waiting to go on the connection giving me no issues with those.
Also, on the way back airside, do I just go straight through security again, or do I need to re-check at the counters?
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Old Jun 4, 2024, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by BlueThroughCrimp
I have oodles of time between domestic and connecting flight next week.
Despite transiting plenty of times Domestic/International, I'm thinking that instead of sitting in the lounge for 7 hours or so, going out for some fresh air, (weather depending!).

Am I right in thinking I just land myself from the domestic, exiting through the baggage hall, while the checked through bags are waiting to go on the connection giving me no issues with those.
Also, on the way back airside, do I just go straight through security again, or do I need to re-check at the counters?
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you can just land yourself, follow the yellow exit signs. The way t5 domestic is set up you bypass the domestic baggage belts (you turn right to exit rather than left to go to the belts). Landing yourself on an Int/dom or int/int yes you would go through the international baggage hall briefly.

assuming bags checked through and you have your onwarding boarding pass then straight to security, no need to visit a counter. Scanning your boarding pass at security tells the airport you are there and 'ready to fly'.

I have often done this

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