EasyJet to turn you away if you're not 30 minutes early

31 May 2016
EasyJet 30 minutes early

In a bid to stop people dashing through security at the last minute, Easyjet will turn you away if you don't make the 30 minute cut-off point they've just introduced.

The low-cost airline company are saying that, anyone who tries to get through security barriers with less than half an hour to spare before departure, won't be allowed on the flight.

When on holiday, most people get to the airport around 4 million hours before their flight takes off, as Britain is a cautious country. However, for the tardy, you'll have to get your thumb out, or pay £80 to switch to another EasyJet flight.

This is going to be an irritant to those who do short haul flights, or those who only take hand-luggage, who may cut it fine when travelling. Half an hour is being added to their journeys, or they face being turned away.

At Gatwick, EasyJet are warning customers of the change with a note on their boarding passes: "Gatwick security control gates are automatically being timed to close 30 minutes before departure."

However, the passes also say that passengers should enter the security area with at least half an hour to spare, and asking EasyJet, they've admitted that someone who is in the nick of time to get through the barrier, is likely to be turned away from the gate.

An EasyJet spokesperson said: “Punctuality is important to our passengers and that is why we ask passengers to be at the gate no later than -30 minutes before the flight departs."

"This means that if passengers are still yet to clear security at -30 they will be unable to achieve this – particularly at larger airports like Gatwick when walks to some gates can take up to 20 minutes."

"We are implementing this, based on a proven model at Heathrow's Terminal 5, to eliminate unnecessary journeys for passengers who then need to be escorted landside. The vast majority of our passengers arrive as we suggest at the gate before -30 to board the aircraft."

Basically, the more time you leave, the better.

TOPICS:   Travel

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