When you’re planning your trip to the airport, the uncertainty of how long the queue at security will be can only add to the anxiety.
No matter that you’ve separated your out liquids in advance and arrived hours early, there’s nothing you can do to get around a long line of people in front of you.
Or is there?
You can now pre-book a specific timeslot for when you should arrive at security to beat the queues and speed up the process.
A US travel influencer who goes by @raimeetravels on TikTok , has shared a little-known hack to get in and out of Heathrow Airport security in under five minutes
It’s currently being trialed so only selected flights leaving Terminal 3 can use it – however, the influencer believes it ‘should be a thing at every airport’.
The TikToker explained: ‘If you’re flying out of London Heathrow any time soon you need to know about this so you can avoid the crazy long security lines.
‘I’m all about sharing trips to help you travel smarter and this is the coolest thing I’ve seen any airport do.
‘They have a new thing called Timeslot that allows you to schedule when you go through security.
‘You can pick your timeslot two to three days before your trip, you’ll get a QR code and then you’ll make your way to the specific area in Heathrow.’
Aimee’s video has been seen by over 589,000 people in just a few days, drawing attention to the new travel hack.
She added ‘There are signs everywhere, you’ll be able to find it. You’ll take your liquids out, put them in the bag and honestly I got through security just as fast as I would have in the States using my TSA Precheck and CLEAR.
‘I am not kidding when I say I got through Heathrow security in less than five minutes and that has never happened to me at an international airport.
Aimee’s video has been seen by over 589,000 people in just a few days, drawing attention to the new travel hack
‘So, remember to use this the next time you fly out of Heathrow and I think we should make this a thing at every airport, what do you think?’
Commenters wrote ‘That’s interesting, but trying to be at Heathrow for a specific time is challenging’ and ‘For once, a really useful hack. Thanks!’
Others added ‘Omg didn’t know about this! It’s a game changer!!’ and ‘Yes! I like the idea of a predictable security wait’.
It comes after advanced new security scanners have been installed in London City Airport and northern England’s Teesside International Airport.
The new CT machines use X-Ray technology to take a high-resolution 3D image of luggage, allowing assessors to view it from every angle and obtain a more detailed view of the contents.
This will mean you won’t have to remove anything from your bag, including liquids, which should speed up the process massively.
The British Government is requiring all major UK airports to use the technology by June 2024, just in time for next year’s summer holidays.
Bookings are currently available for Terminal 3 flights operated by American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic
Who can use Timeslot?
The Heathrow website explains that the slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis and you can arrive 15 minutes before or after your scheduled time.
It’s a free service, helping the airport ‘regulate the flow through security and speed up the process’.
Bookings are currently available for Terminal 3 flights operated by American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.
It’s also important to note that the booking platform does not permit reservations for timeslots that are less than 90 minutes prior to departure for long-haul flights or less than 60 minutes prior to departure for short-haul flights.