Old Aug 23, 2021, 10:43 am
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BA at Manchester

MAN airport website for BA info (including security wait times): https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/...itish-airways/

Terminal and check-in desks:

All BA flights depart and arrive at Terminal 3.


Departure:

Fast Track security is available, subject to usual BA rules. It works pretty well most of the time, but do check before you join the fast track lane if it's a single lane to avoid taking longer in fast track than in the normal lanes.

According to the airport, the following retail and food offerings are available in Terminal 3: World Duty Free, KFC, Lion & Antelope, Costa, WHSmith, Boots, The Nook, Kiosco and Pork & Pickle

Lounges:

The Escape Lounge in T3 is available for BA passengers. As with the previous arrangement at T3, we assume Escape will allow access along usual BA eligibility rules (class of travel and / or status), including 2 guests for GGL and Premier cardholders. The lounge is open from 04:00 and closes at 19:45 each day except Saturdays when it will close at 17:30.

Gates:

Flights typically depart from from Gate 142 or 143.

Boarding is generally prioritised by Groups.

Arrivals:

Flights land at Terminal 3. Travelex and WHSmith will be open in Terminal 3 Arrivals.

Flights tend to arrive at Gates 142 or 143, with an airbridge to the terminal. There is a flight of steps down to ground level once in the terminal.
Baggage collection is at Terminal 3
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA
Otherwise known as... they were doing their job, and you messed up.
Considering you don't know what the food items were, your assumption is both foolish and inappropriate.

Not every packaged food item contains a liquid component; why should a commercially made, wrapped cake slice be subject to liquid rules? Maybe because it looked too good for the security staff to resist? Or a cup of DRIED NOODLES to which liquid was to be added later? Label on that clearly read "Add water" - yet they insisted it should have been labeled to show how much liquid was in it.
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA
Game isn't until Monday...
You nay he surprised to hear that there are multiple teams in and around Manchester. A local derby taking place this evening
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 11:59 am
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I read DYKWIA and TOBIAS-UK response about your post to be about the theft assertions? Regards as to itemsyou inferred the staff at MAN had stolen / appropriated the said items?
to be frank this is ludicrous and you should move onmy son worked on security at MAN before he became a police officer and both he and I as a retired officer take offence by your non evidenced assertion about individuals doing a difficult job..if you feel that a crime I.e. theft has occurred man up and report it to the police not here!



Originally Posted by CDTraveler
Considering you don't know what the food items were, your assumption is both foolish and inappropriate.

Not every packaged food item contains a liquid component; why should a commercially made, wrapped cake slice be subject to liquid rules? Maybe because it looked too good for the security staff to resist? Or a cup of DRIED NOODLES to which liquid was to be added later? Label on that clearly read "Add water" - yet they insisted it should have been labeled to show how much liquid was in it.
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 12:02 pm
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Just to add as well, I am still none the wiser about what it actually was? Lots of talk of pot noodles tho for some reason.
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 12:31 pm
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I must say, these dried noodles sound most luxurious. Who can blame them for snaffling them
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by madfish
Recent trip through MAN. Fast track was quiet and they were not merging it with other passengers at the belt so was through fairly quickly. Biometrics have been restored, so you cannot access the BA gates without going through the barrier. Boarding was fairly prompt and we were all sorted prior to STD.
Unfortunately, I did observe large queues for check in at the BA desks. Suspect that with lots of families travelling there is significantly more baggage to be dealt with which is slowing down the process. Was also confused as to what the wheelchair pushers were doing - they had around 7 passengers to come off the inbound, and only 2 staff sorting them. They queued them by the elevator - but refused the help of any colleagues who were waiting with passengers for the outbound.
Yes, biometrics reintroduced. Went through OK 2 weeks ago but today was shambolic. The culture at this airport is shocking and I can only assume BA condone the way this airport operates. Got to the barrier (in a long queue) and received the red seek assistance message and moved to the left hand queue (manual check) and queued for over 30 minutes, staff did not have a clue. How did the airport survive without biometrics!

As usual a late departure (over an hour late), bussed to T5 and over 30 minutes wait for bags at T5... Rant over!


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Old Aug 11, 2023, 1:29 pm
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yeah weird - having already done security/conformance theres this extra sometimes scan passed Costa? Then at the gate! Seems stuck in the old multi domestic/international use of T3 others may know better?

Originally Posted by ademanuele
Yes, biometrics reintroduced. Went through OK 2 weeks ago but today was shambolic. The culture at this airport is shocking and I can only assume BA condone the way this airport operates. Got to the barrier (in a long queue) and received the red seek assistance message and moved to the left hand queue (manual check) and queued for over 30 minutes, staff did not have a clue. How did the airport survive without biometrics!

As usual a late departure (over an hour late), bussed to T5 and over 30 minutes wait for bags at T5... Rant over!


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Old Aug 11, 2023, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by BJ787
Recently booked shuttles as part of a wider BAH itinerary for March next year and southbound I've never seen the MAN schedules so healthy!

BA1371 0615 A319
BA1391 0730 A320
BA1387 0855 A319
BA1389 0945 A320
BA1393 1205 A319
BA1399 1455 A320
BA1373 1545 A319
BA1403 1720 A319
BA1405 1925 A319
Depends how long you've been flying. There use to be 10+ daily B757s once upon a time. That's a lot of A319s!
What's the actual deal with biometrics? It delays a helluva lot more people than it assist it seems?
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 3:29 pm
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i can only assume that the airside connection points must have been re-opened, otherwise there should be no need for biometrics. this is why they had been turned off since March 2020 until now.
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Old Aug 11, 2023, 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by BJ787
Recently booked shuttles as part of a wider BAH itinerary for March next year and southbound I've never seen the MAN schedules so healthy!

BA1371 0615 A319
BA1391 0730 A320
BA1387 0855 A319
BA1389 0945 A320
BA1393 1205 A319
BA1399 1455 A320
BA1373 1545 A319
BA1403 1720 A319
BA1405 1925 A319
BA relearning what Emirates, Lufthansa, KLM, Turkish, Etihad, Qatar, Air France, SAS, Singapore, Cathay, Swiss have known for decades - that there is a ton of sixth freedom traffic in MAN and that the home carrier is indifferent to competing for it. Unlike when I used to take the MAN Shuttle every fortnight (pic below taken as I walked from the rear steps of the 757) , traffic on the BA must be mostly connecting.
And that's a lot of peak morning LHR slots consumed by MAN - let's hope they are not just slot-sitting.
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 12:53 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
i can only assume that the airside connection points must have been re-opened, otherwise there should be no need for biometrics. this is why they had been turned off since March 2020 until now.
The airside flight connections at MAN are now in operation again.
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by BJ787
Recently booked shuttles as part of a wider BAH itinerary for March next year and southbound I've never seen the MAN schedules so healthy!

BA1371 0615 A319
BA1391 0730 A320
BA1387 0855 A319
BA1389 0945 A320
BA1393 1205 A319
BA1399 1455 A320
BA1373 1545 A319
BA1403 1720 A319
BA1405 1925 A319
I did a cursory check of the BA timetable for July 2024. 6 flights southbound Mon-Fri, 4 Sat, 5 Sun. I think the above was for the period around Easter and perhaps we should not get our hopes up...

Re. the apparent new 2 hour check in time at Manchester, is this the same at other regional airports?
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 4:42 am
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Originally Posted by bhbloke
You nay he surprised to hear that there are multiple teams in and around Manchester. A local derby taking place this evening
Yes, I'm sure BA scheduling will put on extra flights for the thousands of Burnley fans travelling up for the game
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 5:38 am
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Last Monday morning went trough scanner as normal; got to Biometric point and got buzzed
appears photograph not captured

had to wait while they called manager to go through film of time I went through and the security 'operative' described me to the Manager to ascertain it was me !

this took a good 20 minutes so much so I was almost off loaded and was last to board! I offered my passport as i.d. to try and get them to let me on but to no avail;

what a farce
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Old Aug 12, 2023, 6:27 am
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Originally Posted by BJ787
Recently booked shuttles as part of a wider BAH itinerary for March next year and southbound I've never seen the MAN schedules so healthy!

BA1371 0615 A319
BA1391 0730 A320
BA1387 0855 A319
BA1389 0945 A320
BA1393 1205 A319
BA1399 1455 A320
BA1373 1545 A319
BA1403 1720 A319
BA1405 1925 A319
There is no way all of these flights will operate. They will be whittled down to a max of 5 and probably more like 3.
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