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Strike planned - LHR T5 - HAL's security staff 31 March to 9 April 2023

Strike planned - LHR T5 - HAL's security staff 31 March to 9 April 2023

Old Mar 26, 2023, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by Frequentflyer99
In this situation would the policy normally be applicable to all LHR flights, or just those cancelled or assessed by BA to be at risk of cancellation?

Also would it apply to o/w inbound bookings?
usually all on the basis they want to reduce numbers.

it may be outbound only.
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Old Mar 26, 2023, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by binman
Munich is closed today and tomorrow due to strikes.
Might be better if that happened at LHR. Its a clear message, and everyone knows where they stand. The drip drip of cancellations and absence of a clear policy on rebooking helps very few. No matter how flexible you can be
Yes when the Germans do something, they tend to go all out.
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Old Mar 26, 2023, 11:52 am
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Not wanting to throw another spanner into the works here, but the weather for next Friday is not looking promising at the moment...
A 40mph cross wind and the T5 security strikes might be the least disruptive thing on the day!


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Old Mar 26, 2023, 12:07 pm
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If the strikes go ahead is it likely fast track will be closed? I know it will be busier, but we are flying J to EWR on 2/4 with and ASD child who can tolerate a little queuing and a hearing impaired child who really struggles when its crowded and noisy. Have never booked assistance as have always had fast track when travelling with them in the past, but now im concerned if its shut. Do you think its worth trying to get special assistance via Ba incase the queues get too much or is this not offered at Heathrow, have done it at Gatwick and were whisked to the front and escorted through there. Also is it likely special meals might be affected if the cargo security are also on strike, we always take snacks etc incase things arent loaded but wonder if I should take extra?

Sorry starting to stress about it all now and would like to prepare in advance to hopefully reduce the risk of meltdowns!
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Old Mar 26, 2023, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Siz
If the strikes go ahead is it likely fast track will be closed? I know it will be busier, but we are flying J to EWR on 2/4 with and ASD child who can tolerate a little queuing and a hearing impaired child who really struggles when its crowded and noisy. Have never booked assistance as have always had fast track when travelling with them in the past, but now im concerned if its shut. Do you think its worth trying to get special assistance via Ba incase the queues get too much or is this not offered at Heathrow, have done it at Gatwick and were whisked to the front and escorted through there. Also is it likely special meals might be affected if the cargo security are also on strike, we always take snacks etc incase things arent loaded but wonder if I should take extra?

Sorry starting to stress about it all now and would like to prepare in advance to hopefully reduce the risk of meltdowns!
in the same boat as you! Traveling with a child who has special needs on 03/31 and very anxious about this whole situation!
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Old Mar 26, 2023, 12:18 pm
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Best not to get stressed about it, what good can that do? I've got 8 flights during this period and I'm fairly relaxed about it.

Getting a few extra snacks in is sensible, they may be of use in your destination if they are the sort of food that are allowed into the USA (so cookies, baked items and savoury snacks are fine, so are fruit juices, but not fresh fruit generally).

I would use the Zone E family check-in and see if you can ask an agent for any sunflower lanyards if you don't have them already. Then approach someone from HAL Security and see if they are prepared to make it easier for you.
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Old Mar 26, 2023, 1:24 pm
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Saw this on arrival in T3 today and felt it was a fitting description...


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Old Mar 26, 2023, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Siz
If the strikes go ahead is it likely fast track will be closed? I know it will be busier, but we are flying J to EWR on 2/4 with and ASD child who can tolerate a little queuing and a hearing impaired child who really struggles when it’s crowded and noisy. Have never booked assistance as have always had fast track when travelling with them in the past, but now i’m concerned if it’s shut. Do you think it’s worth trying to get special assistance via Ba incase the queues get too much or is this not offered at Heathrow, have done it at Gatwick and were whisked to the front and escorted through there. Also is it likely special meals might be affected if the cargo security are also on strike, we always take snacks etc incase things aren’t loaded but wonder if I should take extra?
My personal speculation is that fast track will be open (not necessarily particularly fast) but FW could well be closed.

Only at the T4 checkpoint does catering enter through the same gate as cargo, for T5 they have separate areas.
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 2:06 am
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There are no "clean" intra-terminal buses are there? Everything dumps you into the FCC at T5 doesn't it?
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 2:10 am
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Originally Posted by Dave_C
There are no "clean" intra-terminal buses are there? Everything dumps you into the FCC at T5 doesn't it?
Correct. Virgin Atlantic ran 'clean' buses from T1 (and later T2) to T3 when they were operating Little Red domestic flights but that's the only example I know of.
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 2:10 am
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Originally Posted by Dave_C
There are no "clean" intra-terminal buses are there? Everything dumps you into the FCC at T5 doesn't it?
so yes the only security trusted and not requiring you to re do security at LHR during a connection is when arriving on a domestic flight. this works if you are doing a T5->T5 or T2-> connection.

however, even if arriving on a domestic flight, once you are doing any inter terminal connection you are mixed with people who have come in on international flights and have to do security at the onward terminal flight connection point.
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 3:10 am
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Im travelling on the flight to GRU this Sunday - it was originally (as booked) departing from T3 but I had an email in February from BA saying its now T5.

The Heathrow airport departures page however says its back at T3, but my BA App still shows T5.

Is it likely to be changed due to the strikes, or is it just the data powering Heathrow Airports website out of date?
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 3:17 am
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Originally Posted by Dave_C
There are no "clean" intra-terminal buses are there? Everything dumps you into the FCC at T5 doesn't it?
Or Domestic or CTA. They are allowed to do this, and very occasionally Domestic T5 to International T3 happens if there are a lot of passengers involved, either by limo or mini bus. But you are right, they could for example invite some people to enter airside at T2 or T3 or and then run them by bus to Domestic T5 Arrivals, then no security into the departure area. T3 has an obvious set of gates for this.
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Old Mar 27, 2023, 3:29 am
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Im hoping that those of us travelling on Friday and next weekend will find that we all go through T5 security easier than ever before! But it all depends on the detail of the contingency plans and whether passengers will only be allowed through within strict time slots (no more than 2hrs before shorthaul, 3 for longhaul).

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Old Mar 27, 2023, 3:31 am
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For some context, here is the thread from when there was a strike threatened but called off at the last minute back in 2019 LHR strikes (HAL employees) - 23/24 Aug 2019 [called off for now]

The kind of waiver that was issued was along the lines of:

We are offering customers who are travelling on one of our shorthaul services over the proposed period the option to rebook on alternative dates, or to travel from alternative London Airports.

Can I change my travel plans?
If you are booked to travel on a British Airways operated shorthaul flight from London Heathrow on 5 or 6 August, you can rebook onto an alternative British Airways operated flight in the same cabin.

You can rebook to travel from:
  • London Heathrow (LHR) on any available dates between 01 and12 August 2019, excluding 5 or 6 August.
  • London Gatwick (LGW) or London City (LCY) on any available dates between 01 and 12 August 2019.
To change your booking please contact us on:
....
If you have booked via a travel agent, please contact them directly to discuss arrangements for your booking.
And the changes to security were:

For Departing customers:
  • The number of security lanes will be reduced
  • Fast Track (T3/T5) and the First Wing (T5) will be closed
  • We advise customers to arrive in good time for their flight as we expect that it will take longer to pass through Security
  • Customers will be able to take one small personal item of carry-on baggage through Security which must fit under their seat
  • All larger items, including trolley bags will need to be checked-in
  • We advise customers to consolidate their belongings as we expect to be transporting more checked bags than usual
  • Hand baggage restriction also applies for customers on HBO fares, they will need to check-in bags that would normally go in overhead locker
For Connecting customers:
Same hand baggage restrictions apply as above
Customers will need to check-in larger hand-baggage from their departure point and this will be tagged for through check-in
If I had to bet on what we are likely to see in terms of BA waiver, and for changes to security should the stirke go ahead, I would expect it to be broadly similar to the above. I am sure we sill start getting details very soon though.

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