Manchester Airport first in the UK to trial pre-booked security time slots

Jun 23, 2020

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Manchester Airport is the first in the U.K. to introduce a system enabling passengers to pre-book a time slot to pass through airport security.

The new trial allows passengers to pre-book a time slot in hopes to keep passengers safer. The airport says the programme reduces crowding through better management of the volume of passengers passing through security at any one time.

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“This new measure will allow us to manage our security process more efficiently in these challenging times, providing a better and more comfortable experience for passengers”, Manchester Airport COO Brad Miller said.

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Booking a time slot is quick, easy and free. Interested passengers will be taken to a booking page with drop-down menus for the required date and time of the booking as well as list of possible flights that depart around that time.

Passengers will get access to a dedicated security lane but must arrive within 15 minutes of the booked entry time. Failure to do so will mean having to join the regular security queue, which may take longer due to social distancing measures in place for COVID-19.

There’s also a FastTrack option. For £5 per person, passengers will be eligible to skip straight to the front of the security checkpoint. This also allows passengers to arrive within a two-hour window of the booked time.

Only an email address is required to confirm the booking, and there’s limited availability on a first-come, first-served basis.

If the trial is successful it will be rolled out in the group’s other airports at East Midlands (EMA) and London Stansted (STN).

The trial is part of a series of measures that the airport has introduced during the pandemic. Others include asking all passengers and staff to wear masks or cover their faces as well as the trialling of temperature screening.

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