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Perplexed: Pax going in opposite direction at T5 Domestic Arrivals > Airside

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Old May 4, 19, 4:24 am
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Perplexed: Pax going in opposite direction at T5 Domestic Arrivals > Airside

Gurus, I hope someone can explain this.

Arrived yesterday from Aberdeen at the T5 Domestic Arrival 'clean' zone and was in the queue for the boarding pass check to go upstairs airside.

There seemed to be a delay and then I noticed a small group of 5 or 6 pax on the 'checked' side of the security desk and they were one-by-one going in the opposite direction. It looked as though they were having their photos taken, as each process seemed to take about 30-45 seconds. Once this was done they stood in a group at the 'unchecked' side of the desk. Once they were all done, they headed off to the T2/T3/T4 transfer area.

I have no idea what was happening - any ideas?
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Old May 4, 19, 4:31 am
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Maybe Heathrow were shooting a promotional video?
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My guess is that these are passengers who either missed or were bumped from their Dublin flight and needing to go T2 for Aer Lingus. They would need their biometrics checked in order to leave airside.

Alternatively, if no biometrics, maybe they were on a USA flights, and were therefore being transferred from airside T5 to airside T3 for an AA alternative. The process being done was to take them out of Ready to Fly. This would be as an alternative to going on the transit to T5C. If they indeed had their biometrics checked, it suggests they were originally on an domestic departing service, but then usually they would be doing this operation in order to go landside, not to T3 (etc) though there's no problem with doing that. I guess one other option would be if they were being transferred to FlyBe to EDI out of T2, but that's implausible for various reasons.

That route is also used by staff / HAL workers for various reasons.
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CWS, thanks, as usual your knowledge knows no bounds!
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I think I used this route recently when I cancelled a trip at the gate and had to be escorted land-side. There were six or seven of us four were transferring to another terminal and the rest were going landslide at T5.

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I think I used this route recently when I cancelled a trip at the gate and had to be escorted land-side
Why so complicated? Just take the train from T5C (or stay on it from T5A/T5B) and riding it back to flight connection center. From there you pass through immigration and customs and then get landside.
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Alternatively, if no biometrics, maybe they were on a USA flights, and were therefore being transferred from airside T5 to airside T3 for an AA alternative. The process being done was to take them out of Ready to Fly.
As you can reach the Flight Connection Center from anywhere T5A/B/C airside via the train, how are passengers put off the Ready to Fly list, you are going that way?
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That route is also used by staff / HAL workers for various reasons.
When I was last there, I noticed loads of staff going through as I was queuing for my BP check. All of them flashed Id at the person who was doing the BP check, but she never actually looked up or acknowledged them. It would be very easy for somebody airside to enter the UK via this route.
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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
As you can reach the Flight Connection Center from anywhere T5A/B/C airside via the train, how are passengers put off the Ready to Fly list, you are going that way?
It would be quicker and easier to go via the route mentioned here, rather than waiting for a transit and returning on it. But most people won't have a clue about any of this, so they will be given instructions by BA staff to go to this checkpoint, and at that location you may as well clear down the system - after all, they may still need to come back into T5 later on.
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Can our esteemed guru turn the clock back, or is the next FT BA DO in Gib in March 12019?
Yeah, I appreciate the issue, but I'm not sure we have a real "Do" on at the moment. We have a dodgy car thing going on in some obscure part of Iceland, and young KARFA's beauty sleep being interrupted by a herd of randoms in Albania.

What would you suggest?
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... I guess one other option would be if they were being transferred to FlyBe to EDI out of T2...
Or FlyBe to ABZ also from T2 - which I did yesterday having seen the bank holiday price fleecing that BA offered!
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Yeah, I appreciate the issue, but I'm not sure we have a real "Do" on at the moment. We have a dodgy car thing going on in some obscure part of Iceland, and young KARFA's beauty sleep being interrupted by a herd of randoms in Albania.

What would you suggest?
The Babybus one? It has a certain momentum, not least because AA are joining in with the fun and multiplying up the stateside flights very obligingly.

Meanwhile Karfa is an absolute magnet to dodgy randoms, so I should watch that space in case it explodes like Gibraltar did. Sofia is beautiful in the springtime, but the flowers bloom more delightfully in Tirana at this time of year, as my old KGB minder was wont to opine, enigmatically.
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Why so complicated? Just take the train from T5C (or stay on it from T5A/T5B) and riding it back to flight connection center. From there you pass through immigration and customs and then get landside.

Hmmmmmm so is this one of the ways to land yourself without embarrassingly asking the staff (never done either)?? I'll try and remember this I suppose after a few too many LPGS and dying for a fag.
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Yes, but I got caught out trying to go back airside - I'd taken the route out via the train to put a bag into left luggage. I was still technically airside as I wasn't identified to the system when I used the auto passport gates, so my BP was flagged as an exception. It took a lot of head scratching in the Gold Wing with a supervisor being called down before I could get back. So although it works brilliantly, be careful if you want to go back.
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