BA LHR 5 Gold Wing Security

Old Aug 3, 2022, 7:53 pm
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BA LHR 5 Gold Wing Security

I understand LHR is a bit of a sh*tshow at the moment, but has BA managed to preserve some sort of normality at the LHR T5 Gold Wing, or are queues through that security line also a bit of a farce?
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Old Aug 3, 2022, 8:30 pm
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I went through it last Friday. They had 1 of the 2 lanes open. There were probably 8 staff there killing around but I found they were particularly slow. The queue wasn't long maybe 7 people but it took much longer than I'd expect. Not BA's fault though
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Old Aug 3, 2022, 8:47 pm
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I went through it last Friday. They had 1 of the 2 lanes open. There were probably 8 staff there killing around but I found they were particularly slow. The queue wasn't long maybe 7 people but it took much longer than I'd expect. Not BA's fault though
Thank you Jay. If you're connecting at LHR T5, is it worth going through immigration (e-gates applicable passport) and entering security via the Gold Wing? Or rough it out in the standard transit pax security line?

i.e. Does the sh*t fest extend to the e-gates line? Has the post-Covid world messed that up too?

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Old Aug 3, 2022, 11:13 pm
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Originally Posted by TheRealBabushka
I understand LHR is a bit of a sh*tshow at the moment, but has BA managed to preserve some sort of normality at the LHR T5 Gold Wing, or are queues through that security line also a bit of a farce?
Went through today for the first time.. They only one lane open. There were four or five people ahead of me and it took around 4 mins to get through For sure much quicker than the business fast track or regular lines thats for sure! Not sure if it was slow compared to normal.
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Old Aug 3, 2022, 11:44 pm
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Went through today for the first time.. They only one lane open. There were four or five people ahead of me and it took around 4 mins to get through For sure much quicker than the business fast track or regular lines thats for sure! Not sure if it was slow compared to normal.
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I had an amazing experience last Wednesday morning (~7.30) - both lanes open and zero people ahead of me. Breezed through. Best experience of it ever!
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The reductions in passenger numbers tha HAL requested is meaning t5 at least is not amy more of a mess than it was pre covid

You cannot by tickets at short notice but that is the only issue we have seen on this board in t5 for weeks. If you already have tickets flights are flying unless they go.tech. transit security lanes are opening back up

I do not think it is the mess it was a few weeks ago
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 1:22 am
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I've been through a few times recently, no wait, straight through.
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 1:29 am
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TFW has been fine over the last few years, and yes if connecting I would usually go landside unless immigration was terrible. Bear in mind TFW security appears to be closing around 4-5pm recently.
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 1:42 am
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Thank you all for your responses!
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 2:09 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
TFW has been fine over the last few years, and yes if connecting I would usually go landside unless immigration was terrible. Bear in mind TFW security appears to be closing around 4-5pm recently.
I've been told that they are now managing to avoid that, though tactically it can happen. It's not hugely problematic since there are so few passengers after about 16:00 hrs that no-one is going to spend long in security whichever channel they use.
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 3:06 am
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Originally Posted by jay121
I went through it last Friday. They had 1 of the 2 lanes open. There were probably 8 staff there killing around but I found they were particularly slow. The queue wasn't long maybe 7 people but it took much longer than I'd expect. Not BA's fault though
I had that same experience a couple of weeks ago. Lots of staff, but they seemed to process the bags far more slowly than 'normal'. I don't know why. Apparently one of the machines was broken as well.
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 3:46 am
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It isn't great if you're there for an early flight, and you're trying to get through the First Wing before 6am. Before that time, only one security lane is open, and the second only opens at 6am. I've had several recent experiences where the queue has extended past the booths where you show your boarding pass. Not BA's fault, though - I suspect it is some agreement with the LHR security staff that only one security lane is open before 6am.
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 5:00 am
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All three of my Heathrow departures in the last two weeks have been excellent. Each time through First wing with no delay. No problem finding seat in lounge, food/drink delivered within a few minutes of ordering. But they have all been mid morning/lunchtime flights so perhaps outside the peak. For the most recent flight (1100 departure on Tuesday, through security at 0830), the normal security channels were also very quick for family on the same flight as me.
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Old Aug 4, 2022, 5:18 am
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For a t5 to t3, would you just do transit bus and fast track (if that exists for transit pax)

or, exit immigration at t5, transfer to t3, and do fast track?
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