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jason1-11

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Tell me about it, I had my bag and belongings go down one belt and security took my shoes away and put them down another belt god knows where! So by time I found my shoes I'd then lost my bag and belongings! Thought it was suppose to be security! Lol also makes me laugh how when I flew last Sunday how everyone has to go through one single body scanner,so you get everyone trying to get into one qué! I timed my time passing security at 50mins.
50 minutes - that's how long the Flying Tiger 747 took to get from LBA to Leeds City Centre on Saturday afternoon. Is this service not marketed as a semi-express ?
 

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To be fair security queues aren't unique to LBA. The last two times I have flown from MAN the queues have been beyond ridiculous over an hour and a half to get through and then only because they were calling out flight times so people could jump the queue and run to catch their flights.
Agree last time we flew from MAN we paid for fast track and it took 40 mins......and that was 9.30 am.
 

Tarn Spotter

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To be fair security queues aren't unique to LBA. The last two times I have flown from MAN the queues have been beyond ridiculous over an hour and a half to get through and then only because they were calling out flight times so people could jump the queue and run to catch their flights.
Totally agree, recently at Luton and you could only go through security in flight boarding time order and they called out flight numbers, departure hall jammed with passengers, unable to go though security, because we need special assistance we had to sit for just under two hours in the departure area and then taken straight to the gate, no visit to bars, shopping, duty free etc, only a toilet stop.
No one allowed through security before 60 minutes to take off, even though some planes had a go to gate message on the board, people hungry, thirsty, etc and no seats in the booking hall and on the day we were their an ATC issue and planes running late and these passengers were not allowed through security.
My son now uses LBA instead of Manchester due to the time taken to get through security with young children at Man.
 

Hendi

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Came back through lba today on ls258 parked at stand 8 I believe? With the air bridge we were the only flight in so straight through passport control, passport control is not the biggest. I have to say the baggage reclaim area is very small, yes theres 4 belts but there not the biggest I can only imagine it been pure chaos if you get 2 or 3 flights in at the same time. I'm not sure what was going on with luggage or if the airport has limited baggage karts but about 20/30 cases came in and we were told to sit tight they'd gone back to the aircraft for more bags would be 10 mins before more arrived. Overall I was impressed with lba apart from security on our outbound flight I will defo use it again living only 20 mins away, so much easier than a long drive back from manchester which is the airport I often use
 

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I'm just pricing up a overnight trip to Amsterdam in Wednesday, May 20th to Thursday, May 21st,2020. I can't believe that going British Airways via London Heathrow comes a cheaper option than flying direct from Leeds/Bradford with KLM.
Jet2 are cheapest option but it would mean me having to travel out the evening before on Tuesday 19th so to get me to a gig been held at the Ziggo Dome..

These quotes are all based on economy seating, no pre-booked seats, meals or checked in luggage.

KLM
Wed 20th KL1542 - LBA 10:05 AMS 12:15 = £56
Thu 21st KL1549 - AMS 1640 LBA 16:50 = £115
Total Including Taxes £170.10

Jet2.com
Tue 19th LS205 - LBA 17:00 AMS 19:15 = £60
Thu 21st LS206 - AMS 19:45 LBA 20:00 = £67
Total Including Taxes £127.00 (Have to spend 2nd night away)

British Airways
Wed 20th BA1341 - LBA 10:00 LHR 11:15 / BA438 - LHR 12:55 AMS 15:15 = £76
Thu 21st BA431 - AMS 11:40 LHR 12:00 / BA1344 - LHR 15:40 LBA 16:45 = £64
Total Including Taxes £139.18 (Includes 23kg checked luggage)
 

BarnsleyHolidays

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I'm just pricing up a overnight trip to Amsterdam in Wednesday, May 20th to Thursday, May 21st,2020. I can't believe that going British Airways via London Heathrow comes a cheaper option than flying direct from Leeds/Bradford with KLM.
Jet2 are cheapest option but it would mean me having to travel out the evening before on Tuesday 19th so to get me to a gig been held at the Ziggo Dome..

These quotes are all based on economy seating, no pre-booked seats, meals or checked in luggage.

KLM
Wed 20th KL1542 - LBA 10:05 AMS 12:15 = £56
Thu 21st KL1549 - AMS 1640 LBA 16:50 = £115
Total Including Taxes £170.10

Jet2.com
Tue 19th LS205 - LBA 17:00 AMS 19:15 = £60
Thu 21st LS206 - AMS 19:45 LBA 20:00 = £67
Total Including Taxes £127.00 (Have to spend 2nd night away)

British Airways
Wed 20th BA1341 - LBA 10:00 LHR 11:15 / BA438 - LHR 12:55 AMS 15:15 = £76
Thu 21st BA431 - AMS 11:40 LHR 12:00 / BA1344 - LHR 15:40 LBA 16:45 = £64
Total Including Taxes £139.18 (Includes 23kg checked luggage)
How about outbound KLM and inbound Jet2? Seems to be the best value and no forced extra night in Holland.

BH
 

stars&sids

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I'm just pricing up a overnight trip to Amsterdam in Wednesday, May 20th to Thursday, May 21st,2020. I can't believe that going British Airways via London Heathrow comes a cheaper option than flying direct from Leeds/Bradford with KLM.
Jet2 are cheapest option but it would mean me having to travel out the evening before on Tuesday 19th so to get me to a gig been held at the Ziggo Dome..

These quotes are all based on economy seating, no pre-booked seats, meals or checked in luggage.

KLM
Wed 20th KL1542 - LBA 10:05 AMS 12:15 = £56
Thu 21st KL1549 - AMS 1640 LBA 16:50 = £115
Total Including Taxes £170.10

Jet2.com
Tue 19th LS205 - LBA 17:00 AMS 19:15 = £60
Thu 21st LS206 - AMS 19:45 LBA 20:00 = £67
Total Including Taxes £127.00 (Have to spend 2nd night away)

British Airways
Wed 20th BA1341 - LBA 10:00 LHR 11:15 / BA438 - LHR 12:55 AMS 15:15 = £76
Thu 21st BA431 - AMS 11:40 LHR 12:00 / BA1344 - LHR 15:40 LBA 16:45 = £64
Total Including Taxes £139.18 (Includes 23kg checked luggage)
To me as someone who actually likes traveling, that’s a no brainer! 4 flights for cheaper than 2, great (as long as you can afford the extra time). A similar thing happened to us a few years ago on a “spotting” trip to Frankfurt from Manchester. FLYBE pulled the Frankfurt flights beforehand, & our options were money back or go via Southampton instead. We took the 4 flights option & had a nice 2 hr lunch at Southampton, an airport that up to that point I’d never visited, so that made the trip all the more enjoyable for me.
 

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How about outbound KLM and inbound Jet2? Seems to be the best value and no forced extra night in Holland.

BH
KLM
Wed 20th KL1542 - LBA 10:05 AMS 12:15 = £92.20
Jet2.com
Thu 21st LS206 - AMS 19:45 LBA 20:00 = £82.75
Total Including Taxes £174.95

A similar thing happened to us a few years ago on a “spotting” trip to Frankfurt from Manchester. FLYBE pulled the Frankfurt flights beforehand, & our options were money back or go via Southampton instead. We took the 4 flights option & had a nice 2 hr lunch at Southampton.
Never thought of the flybe option via Southampton. Out of interest I'll have to have a look now
 

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KLM
Wed 20th KL1542 - LBA 10:05 AMS 12:15 = £56
Thu 21st KL1549 - AMS 1640 LBA 16:50 = £115
Total Including Taxes £170.10
You have to remember that with KLM their priority is to fill the plane with connecting passengers hence why they can be quite expensive from the regions on direct flights.
 

Offint

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After using LGW and TPA in the last 2 weeks it’s blatantly obvious how slow the security is at LBA....an absolute breeze at the airports mentioned even at peak times.....
 

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After using LGW and TPA in the last 2 weeks it’s blatantly obvious how slow the security is at LBA....an absolute breeze at the airports mentioned even at peak times.....
It is likely both those airports will have technology far superior to that used at Leeds Bradford. The layout of the terminal at Leeds doesn't help either.
 

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No...they have the right amount of lanes and staff to cope with numbers.
The equipment can dictate the number of manual checks an airport has to do which is why people appear to just sail through at some airports. What a passenger sees can be very different from what is actually taking place to ensure the safety inside the Critical Part. Also here in the UK and currently within the EU, the rules governing the security process will be very different from those at TPA. All of which must meet the minimum standard set by ICAO.
 

KARFA

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No...they have the right amount of lanes and staff to cope with numbers.
Indeed, unfortunately the layout won't be sorted until they build the new terminal extension. In the meantime tho staffing seems to be an issue and there are rarely more than 3 lanes open and more usually just 2.

I haven't noted any difference in speed of scanning bags at LBA compared to other UK airports, and I don't see LBA does secondaries any more that others so I don't accept the equipment is somehow letting the side down - for reference MAN is the worst by a mile for doing secondaries btw. My experience at UK airports I would say is reasonably extensive.

At some point one has to stop making excuses for the airport and acknowledge things are not right and need fixing.
 

KARFA

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Btw yet again the jetbridge on stand 8 is broken, has been for the last 2/3 weeks now.

And also the double doors opposite the information desk are now partially locked out so the inner on one side works and the outer on the other side works leading to passengers having to zig zag through the narrow space between the two sets of doors when entering the terminal. What must people think when they see this on arrival?
 

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@KARFA i feel for you. The is no point complaining on here as nowt will happen. We'll just go around in circles like the staff do in that terminal.

You'll either need to do it the old way by writing a letter and send it via the post addressed to the airports managerment. But far the easier option is to send them a nasty email, then you may get a reply.

Failing that post it on there public social media page, as they don't seem to like that either!

If they don't know, how are they meant to fix it!

Good luck
 
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Offint

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The equipment can dictate the number of manual checks an airport has to do which is why people appear to just sail through at some airports. What a passenger sees can be very different from what is actually taking place to ensure the safety inside the Critical Part. Also here in the UK and currently within the EU, the rules governing the security process will be very different from those at TPA. All of which must meet the minimum standard set by ICAO.
The scanning machine at TPA seemed identical to LBA.....you walk in, turn sideways, hands over your head and out....but they had more of them.
 
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