In a bid to reduce long queues and help airport check-ins move more smoothly, many airlines now offer online check-in facilities and self-serve check-in machines at UK’s airports.
Ironically though, as check-in times have become a quicker process, passing through security can take ages.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, dramatic security measures came into force in all airports around the world. However, in the wake of the recent Brussels Airport attacks, security is now even tighter; nowhere, more so than at Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports.
Here’s a look at recent changes to security at the UK’s largest airport and why, with plenty of time factored in, your journey doesn’t need to be as stressful as you might think.
The 100ml rule still applies to all liquids carried in hand baggage: liquids including toothpastes and creams must be in individual containers of no more than 100ml and must be presented in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag. The exceptions are baby foods and milk, however you must be travelling with an infant. Essential medicines needed during the flight are also permitted.
Duty free items over 100ml may also be carried on board as long as they are sealed in a dedicated tamper-proof bag, supplied on purchase inside the airport.
Concerns for explosive devices hidden in electronic items means that all electronic items such as laptops, mobiles, mp3s, tablets and Kindles must now be charged before boarding. Charging points are available throughout all Heathrow terminals. If your device’s battery is flat, you won’t be allowed to board the aircraft. Anyone who refuses to switch on their device for inspectors, will be immediately banned from boarding their flight. This new rule also includes devices bought in duty free.
If you’re flying to the US from Heathrow, you may have to undergo extra screening.
Passengers are picked randomly to undergo further screening with a body scanner; a more thorough body exam which is however, less invasive than a physical hand search.
Extra security measures take longer so be patient, accept them and make sure you arrive in plenty of time at the airport.
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