Flight transits

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airport-securityJust lately, I have had to transit from one flight to another quite a few times. The times allowed for this transit time were tight in some cases so why must it be longer by going through security again?

There seems to be no unanimity between nations on how to handle transit passengers. Anyone who has had to change flights in the US will know that you have to collect all your own baggage first then go through security and re-check in again which can make flight connections precarious. I have missed at least two flights myself over the years due to this practice yet the airlines do not seem to mind they just put you on the next flight.

If you travel via the Far East, then in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore you might get off a plane and re-board exactly the same one to continue to journey. But you will still have to go through a security point and your hand luggage will be checked to see if you are carrying liquids over 100mls or sharp pointed objects. Why should this be endured? It seems only because airports like these – three of the most advanced in the world – cannot keep transit passengers separate from those boarding flights in those places.

Even flying from Dublin to Heathrow to catch a flight to Singapore, those of us transiting were kept separate, we were taken to a bus that sped us from terminal two to terminal five, released back into the building and still had to have a security check. When I transit in Madrid the same happens; I am kept apart from those checking in at Barajas until we get to the gate and board the flight but without another security inspection or, at least, there wasn’t the last time I did this. The process worked seamlessly when I transited in Dusseldorf earlier this year as well.

So why cannot we have uniformity around the world? Aviation is one of the most international businesses with common approaches to security handling, (no liquids over 100mls for example) check-in procedures and passport checking. It is time there was a common process for handling transit passengers.

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