Heathrow has launched a six month trial which will allow passengers to pre-book a slot to go through airport security.
It’s not clear if this is necessary, especially as Heathrow itself says that the majority of passengers cleared security in under five minutes during the summer peak this year. There seems to be a view that it has value for infrequent flyers.
The trial is initially restricted to passengers flying with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic from Terminal 3.
There will be a dedicated security lane which can only be used by passengers who have pre-booked a slot. The service is free.
You have a 15 minute window either side of your slot to enter the queue. One issue is that the cut-off times seem excessive – you must clear security at least 90 minutes before a long-haul flight and (when short haul flights are eventually added) at least 60 minutes before departure.
If you want to try it out and have an upcoming flight on a qualifying airline, you can book a slot here.