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LGW very very early for flight.... [Can't go airside 6+ hours before flight]

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Old Jul 8, 18, 10:05 am
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There are (almost) no departures in the early hours and so they don't want people airside until they're gearing up for the first wave perhaps?
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Old Jul 10, 18, 3:53 am
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Originally Posted by teledude View Post
Due to family stuff earlier we found ourselves at LGW very very early today to be told we can't go through security more than 6 hours before the flight? Is this a LGW rule or BA?
It happened the same to me over year ago. I arrived at LGW earlier then the six hours and was stopped at the Premium Fast Track from the automated gate and was told by the security personnel about the 6 hours rule. I then went to ask clarification from the BA members of staff at the reservation / ticketing desks. One of them confirmed the six hours rule, however the other one, upon checking my boarding card and passport (as I was travelling with hand luggage only), decided that I should not be penalised from accessing the BA lounge, by the LGW South terminal rules, so he escorted me to the premium fast track and asked the members of staff to let me through, which they did. I guess it is a question of luck. I never had any problems when BA was at T North and remember vividly arriving in many occasions before the 6 hours. Also I have never been stopped at T5 or T3 at LHR.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 4:02 am
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Hmmmm worth asking for my 15k avios back?
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Old Jul 10, 18, 4:17 am
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Hmmmm worth asking for my 15k avios back?
That was presumably just a means to an end, namely to get into the lounge for 9 hours. I don't see that getting very far, to be honest.

From what I've been able to dig out, it's not so much a tactic to keep people out of airside (LGW will let people in sooner from Flight Connections, for example), it's just the gates at the front are fed a data stream of valid flights that can open up the gates, and it is set to know about the upcoming 6 hours. It could have been set to 4 hours, 8 hours or even 24 hours but they drew the line there. If a flight had been cancelled it wouldn't allow someone entrance, for example, and given the difficulty in going from airside to landside at LGW that's sensible enough.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 2:22 am
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I just got stung by this rule trying to enter + 6 hours before my flight. Should it not detail the 6 hour rule on the BA website? On the page for Gatwick Airport it says that for First, Club and status passengers you can drop bags 'From 03:30 on the day of departure' which kind of implies there would be no issue going through into the lounge?
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Old Nov 30, 18, 5:13 am
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Originally Posted by wheatbeer View Post
I just got stung by this rule trying to enter + 6 hours before my flight. Should it not detail the 6 hour rule on the BA website? On the page for Gatwick Airport it says that for First, Club and status passengers you can drop bags 'From 03:30 on the day of departure' which kind of implies there would be no issue going through into the lounge?
Except at LGW you can drop bags the night before... surely you wouldn't imply you could go through then?
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Old Nov 30, 18, 5:21 am
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Originally Posted by DorsetKnob View Post
Except at LGW you can drop bags the night before... surely you wouldn't imply you could go through then?
No I wouldn't because the lounge closes at 7:30pm.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 11:34 am
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We’ve done >6hrs at LGW as we had an early flight from EDI and our flight to CTA wasn’t till late afternoon. We did get the ‘seek assistance’ alert at the e-gates but a security person let us through.

We will also also have the same in May when we land at 0500 at LHR and our flight to INV has been put back from 1015 to 1630. We plan to spend the day in the CCR as it may be our only occasion to do so!
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Old Nov 30, 18, 11:36 am
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Had this at DUB -6 hours and they let me through, GLA at -8 eventually let through.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 12:07 pm
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I had this once at GLA at about 5 hours early . Barrier said “seek assistance” the security guy said that I had to understand that once I was through, I couldn’t come back out. Once I acknowledged that, he overrode the system and let me through no problem.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 1:32 pm
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Data point: I often turn up at lunch time for evening flights so this can be as much as 8 hours before the flight. I have always been waved through even if the automated barrier rejects me.

It's so handy being able to travel during my lunch break and then work from lounge in the afternoon. My colleagues think I'm super diligent for working right up to my flight and I don't stress about late trains or someone asking "a quick question" as I leave the office.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Bigbearcatcher View Post
I had this once at GLA at about 5 hours early . Barrier said “seek assistance” the security guy said that I had to understand that once I was through, I couldn’t come back out. Once I acknowledged that, he overrode the system and let me through no problem.
I got this as well. Does this mean that if, hypothetically I nipped back out for a smoke, I man not permitted back airside? I get that the BP would not scan again but would they really deny you access?
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Old Nov 30, 18, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by skipness1E View Post

I got this as well. Does this mean that if, hypothetically I nipped back out for a smoke, I man not permitted back airside? I get that the BP would not scan again but would they really deny you access?
How would you nip outside though?
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Old Nov 30, 18, 3:47 pm
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I got this as well. Does this mean that if, hypothetically I nipped back out for a smoke, I man not permitted back airside? I get that the BP would not scan again but would they really deny you access?
The layout of GLA is such that actually it would be possible to exit landside easily, just follow the signs once you get past the shops, and the gates would work again. At LGW it's much more complicated, so best assume you can't do it unless you have a far better reason than smoking.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 8:24 pm
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100% it's LGW's rule it's to manage the amount of people in the IDL. The time of day isn't a factor it's time to flight departure.
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