Smoking at LHR T5

Old Jun 22, 19, 6:59 pm
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Smoking at LHR T5

Travelling LBA - LHR - ARN this summer and one of my party is a smoker.
Searching the web, I see that there are only smoking areas landside and outside at T5, is that correct?
If our smoker goes landside to smoke, should they be sure to return airside within a specific time before the flight to ARN? I’m concerned about them / their bags being off-loaded by “the system”.
Thanks for any advice on this.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 7:28 pm
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Yes. If they go landside they will have to make the usual security conformance of 35 minutes - thatís pretty hard and fast so if their boarding card isnít scanned into the security channel by that point they will not be allowed to proceed. On the plus side, you wonít have someone stinking of stale smoke next to you!
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Old Jun 22, 19, 7:37 pm
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Thanks for the info, Scots_AI, this is what I need to know.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 7:52 pm
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I'm sure T8191 will be along shortly as he has quite a bit of experience with this, but I believe he uses the bus shelter at the south end of T5 and as noted by ScotsAl that will want to allow plenty of time in order to meet conformance.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 8:12 pm
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Hardly worth the hassle and I speak as someone who smokes cigarettes, a pipe as well as cohibas....not all at the same time of course. I have survived many hours without a puff at T5 although I admit that's more down to my non smoking wife giving me orders more than the restrictions in place. The complimentary booze and food in the lounges does help keep my mind off it. 😀
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Old Jun 23, 19, 2:24 am
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Stick a few nicotine patches on them and they should be good to go. Nothing worse than sitting next to someone on a long journey who smells of stale smoke; be that train, plane or bus. Fortunately with LHR smoking restrictions it's not often someone does smell too strong. Some airports that have smoking lounges by the gate can make a miserable flight home!
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Old Jun 23, 19, 2:38 am
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In the LBA to ARN direction it's fairly straightforward since though you have to go landside, and there is an unnecessary extra security scan, these days HAL really seems to have got rid of delays there, particularly for customers starting their trip at LHR, which your fellow passenger would effectively be doing. There is an official smokers' shelter at the South end popular with ground and cabin crew but that's at the wrong end of the building. So if it's for a quick puff I would go out at the North end, where is a fair bit of unofficial smoking going on just past the Sofitel and bus stops. Then up the lifts to North departures.

No-one's baggage gets loaded at T5 until they pass Ready to Fly. In your case this would be when your boarding pass is scanned just before you go up to the main departure level in T5, in the case of the smoker it would be at the gates to security T5. So long as s/he did that by T-35, both the passenger and the bags will make the flight. If you have an extra 10 minutes or so, then it's pretty safe (relatively speaking) to do this.
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Not that I'm a smoker myself, but there is a whole area of FT devoted to Smoking Lounges!
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Old Jun 23, 19, 2:52 am
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Originally Posted by jerry a. laska View Post
I'm sure T8191 will be along shortly as he has quite a bit of experience with this, but I believe he uses the bus shelter at the south end of T5 and as noted by ScotsAl that will want to allow plenty of time in order to meet conformance.
Confirmed

Not a bus shelter as such, but a dedicated smoking shelter. Populated by a lot of CC having a last puff before boarding themselves!
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Old Jun 23, 19, 3:42 am
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Thanks to everyone for the information, all very helpful, I appreciate it.
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Old Jun 23, 19, 11:45 pm
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Originally Posted by HIDDY View Post
Hardly worth the hassle and I speak as someone who smokes cigarettes, a pipe as well as cohibas....not all at the same time of course....
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Old Jun 24, 19, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by T8191 View Post
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Not a bus shelter as such, but a dedicated smoking shelter. Populated by a lot of CC having a last puff before boarding themselves!
any pictorial of where such a shelter is located? (I'm not a heavy smoker but I'd like one after a few LPGs if it's allowed) Thanks!

Edit never mind I guess this is on land side!

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Old Jun 24, 19, 8:51 am
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Yes, sadly landside. One shelter at each end of the drop-off zone outside T5, as far from the rest of humanity as possible. There are other permissive zones along kerbside, obviously well away from the doors into the Terminal.
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Old Jun 24, 19, 10:43 am
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Iím glad I donít have to go through that palaver any more #5months

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Iím glad I donít have to go through that palaver any more #5months

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