A lucky few British Airways customers traveling from London Heathrow will soon be able to bypass the riff-raff at airport security and enter the airport via a new private walkway connecting the check in area with the lounges in Terminal 5.
“The First Wing,” set to open in April, will be located behind to the airlines First check-in area. BA says that it will create “an enhanced private check-in zone where customers will be guided to two new dedicated security lanes, designed to speed up the process of passing through the airport.” The new secret passageway is reserved for BA’s first class passengers, Gold Executive Club members and Oneworld Emerald members only.
BA says, “Once through security, customers will have dedicated access to British Airways’ Galleries First lounge and through to the airline’s flagship Concorde Room, where they can relax before their flight, making the journey seamless for those premium customers.”
BA says that the new private passageway will help reduce the number of customers using the current North and South security, speeding up the journey for all customers, especially those traveling in Club World, through Terminal 5.
Currently, all first class passengers check in at BA’s dedicated check in area at Heathrow, then must go through security with all other passengers. This new passageway will provide direct access to the lounges, eliminating the need for the current “millionaire’s door” (pictured) located just beyond security, which provides a quick, easy and private entrance to the Concorde Room and the entire Galleries lounge complex in Terminal 5.
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