No opting out in the UK

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in Other Countries' started by stifle, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. stifle

    stifle Original Member

    As you may well be aware, there is no opt-out permitted if you are selected for a body scan in the UK (well, you can choose not to fly today, but that's impractical for most people).

    Therefore, here are some things that may help.

    Firstly, pick your airport if you can. LHR and MAN have nude-o-scopes at all terminals, and LGW has them at the north terminal only. At LHR and LGW, selection for a scan is done by a couple of guys roaming around after the WTMDs. They only do one person at a time. At MAN it works a bit differently; if you're at lane number 5 in any terminal, the WTMD is followed by a glass box (a bit like the penalty box in the USA). If the right-hand door opens, you're free to pick up your stuff from the X-ray belt and go. If the left-hand door opens, it's a free ticket to backscatter-ville. The airport says that left-hand door will open if you alarm the WTMD or if you are randomly selected.

    At LHR, therefore, it helps if you keep someone in front of you when you're collecting your items from the X-ray belt. If asked where you are travelling to, you do not have to answer honestly (anecdotal evidence is that people travelling to the USA may be picked more often), and the NOS clerks aren't supposed to ask for your name or passport etc.

    At MAN, avoid lane 5 if you can. They rope off all the other lanes when it's quiet though, so that's not always viable. The fast-track lanes seem to feed WTMD however.

    Haven't been through LGW North so can't advise on that.

    Finally, to my knowledge there are no NOSes at any of the transfer checkpoints at the above airports. Do be aware that if you are connecting from Domestic/Ireland to Domestic/Ireland in LGW, you must transfer landside so this won't save you.
  2. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Thanks for the tips - I'm traveling LHR-MSP tomorrow...I'm mean LHR-CDG instead ;)
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You're returning to London for a strip search before to fly to CDG to fly home? :eek:
  4. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I like to live dangerously - actually just flying from LHR home but in case "anyone" asks, not going to the US -
  5. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Made it through LHR security without a scope or grope which is a victory for the innocent.
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  6. incognito

    incognito Original Member

    There are no cancer scanners in LCY (London City Airport) as of April, 2011. You can fly to many major airports in Europe, and connect to LCY. If you are staying in downtown London, then LCY is a much better choice anyway. I'd never heard of the airport until recently when BA added service to the USA out of LCY (unfortunately with a stop in DUB).
  7. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    I made two trips to LHR in 2010, and both times, the MMW was roped-off :)
  8. stifle

    stifle Original Member

    It's a stop in SNN, not DUB, and it's because if they loaded enough fuel onto the A318 to make it all the way to JFK, it would be too heavy to take off from LCY's short runway.
  9. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    I just returned from a trip to a conference in Bulgaria, ORD-LHR-SOF-LHR-ORD, with a stopover in London on the way back. Sofia had only WTMD, no scanners. We were on BA, so departed yesterday from LHR T5. Didn't see any scanners in operation at the north security. The security agent was perfectly professional, and gave me a sympathetic look when she saw my sarcastic" I <3 being treated like a criminal by the TSA" sticker on my neoprene laptop cover!
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