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Old 7th Mar 2016, 08:35
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EDINBURGH AIRPORT SECURITY

Just travelled through Edinburgh airport on Saturday morning and it was the worst experience I've ever had at an airport!. Staff are ludicrous! Extreamly rude, barking orders, sarcastic and dam right unhelpful not to mention the slowest ever!!!.

Unavoidable if you need to travel through the airport but be warned!!!!!
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Old 7th Mar 2016, 11:49
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I used it a while back and it was utter carnage. They had some bizarre queuing system just to reach the belt on which to put your stuff into trays. Poorly signed. Staff attitude pretty bad, all in all not a great experience.
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Old 7th Mar 2016, 18:36
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They got some bad press when the new hall opened, but since around Christmas time last year they have improved. I pass by EDI security very frequently. They now have boards where the passengers can write what their experience was like for all to see. I haven't seen too many negatives of late. Very few actually. The stand on the number system is still ridiculous though, but sadly it seems other airports are adopting this silliness too. At least LCY, LGW and STN have done from what I've noticed, possible LTN too. It's sadly spreading and it does absolutely nothing to speed up the process.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 11:55
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I feel your pain having experienced it myself. I went through EDI late last year and missed my BE flight back to BHX by milliseconds despite doing the 'Home Alone style run' to the gate, they had literally just closed the gate.

Now most people would say "you should have got there earlier" etc blah etc but I joined the security queue with over 50 minutes until dep time and still never made it.

Had to go back to check-in and the lovely member of staff shouted to her colleague "we've got another one, security is shocking today". Thankfully it wasn't the last flight of the day and they didn't charge me to switch, gave me a lounge pass and free fast track.

They actually had security go back and track me through CCTV to make sure I wasn't fibbing and my story checked out, I think it was something like 51 minutes from joining the queue to getting out the other side. It wasn't even remotely busy hence my choice not to fast track but I was far too committed to turn around and chance leaving the queue.

Flybe logged a formal complaint and so did I. Still waiting for a response
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 14:24
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I prefer not to fly at all rather than subject myself to the woeful mess that is Edinburgh airport. Glasgow airport is less time down road from Edinburgh than the time that can be spent in security alone at Edinburgh.
It will only become worse if reduced apd comes into effect.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 17:14
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Dewar counts every new service as another notch on his belt , and issues like security take a back seat.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 17:48
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Does airport management not realise that the more time the 'customers' stand in a security queue the less time they have to meander their way through the shopping mall on the way to the gate? As the entire operation is geared towards removing as much money as possible from the 'customer's'wallet it does seem very poor management to have such a delay at security.
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They seemed to cope perfectly fine with the French rugby charters today.

To bring some balance to this thread, I had to wait over 20 minutes to clear security at GLA last week and about 45 minutes to clear security at BHX about 2 weeks ago, neither of which was particularly busy once I was actually airside, they just had very few lanes open and a backlog quickly formed.
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The concept is flawed, the design is bad. It's also being introduced at fellow GIP airport, Gatwick. However too many senior people would lose face to change it now. I expect it will be quickly replaced as soon as they've moved on, but not before.

It's not a GLA vs EDI dig, just a really poor idea that was rolled out unproven and has still doesn't work. Completely non intuitive and requires someone to tell most people what to do, the mark of bad design in any field.
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edi local, indeed BHX can be very bad at times. Just wait until the A380 starts!
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Old 17th Mar 2016, 13:49
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I use it every week with rarely any problem, the exception being 2 weeks ago when they tried (and failed) a separate path for fast track which was slower than the slow go queue there was plenty of negative comments on the board that day!!!
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Security personnel & I refuse to use the term Officers, at a number of Airports world wide, forget one rather important thing. Are we not all on the same side when it comes to airport & pax security?. Furthermore, if you wish the cooperation of a pax, you are more likely to get it, if the pax are treated with, tact, consideration & respect. It might also just help, if the words, good morning, please, thank you etc are used. Can any expert advise me please, do you as a pax have any recourse to a higher authority, if you are subject to bad treatment by airport security staff?
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Old 20th Mar 2016, 18:16
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but then when do they get their fun?

They are underpaid and treat like dirt by their employers and the airports so they take it out on the SLF

I dont like it but I understand it
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Heathrow Harry,

You are most likely correct, unfortunately it's the world we live in. When going through the security process, hold your breath, count to ten & think of your first G & T when you are sitting on that beach.
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Old 20th Mar 2016, 22:32
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but then when do they get their fun?

They are underpaid and treat like dirt by their employers and the airports so they take it out on the SLF

I dont like it but I understand it

Why should we put up with this sort of treatment, it is not necessary??
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Old 21st Mar 2016, 01:22
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It comes down to individuals. At those airports which I use regularly I find the majority of security staff to be pleasant and polite, but from time to time I come across the oddball who is determined to spoil my and everyone else's day. You get these miserable disgruntled types in all professions.
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Old 22nd Mar 2016, 19:05
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"Why should we put up with this sort of treatment, it is not necessary??"

I agree but you are dealing with people here - not robots. People who have a dull, boring job tend to take their fun where they can - putting socks into cans of tomatoes, threatening innocent people with arrest, setting fires deliberatley so they can run down there in their fire engine, insisting ALL forms are filled out EXACTLY before you get a tax refund............
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Originally Posted by xanda_man View Post
I feel your pain having experienced it myself. I went through EDI late last year and missed my BE flight back to BHX by milliseconds despite doing the 'Home Alone style run' to the gate, they had literally just closed the gate.

Now most people would say "you should have got there earlier" etc blah etc but I joined the security queue with over 50 minutes until dep time and still never made it.

Had to go back to check-in and the lovely member of staff shouted to her colleague "we've got another one, security is shocking today". Thankfully it wasn't the last flight of the day and they didn't charge me to switch, gave me a lounge pass and free fast track.

They actually had security go back and track me through CCTV to make sure I wasn't fibbing and my story checked out, I think it was something like 51 minutes from joining the queue to getting out the other side. It wasn't even remotely busy hence my choice not to fast track but I was far too committed to turn around and chance leaving the queue.

Flybe logged a formal complaint and so did I. Still waiting for a response
Just out of curiosity, if you miss your flight because of security delays the airline has to pick up the pieces?

Kinda curious if I was booked for a week away and missed the charter flight that only ran once a week then I couldn't make the trip. Who would I seek remedy from?

The whole thing makes me very wary of flying these days.
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Old 23rd Apr 2016, 15:02
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Security delays

Get there early
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SunnyBunny,

Read the terms and conditions which vary, slightly, from airline to airline, I suspect you will find that it is your responsibility to be at the gate on time.

You remember the terms and conditions don't you? That was the thing you agreed to when you had to check a box (saying you read and agreed with them) when buying on line.

It really depends on the airline if they will give you a refund or a credit. It wasn't their fault you didn't get there on time for your flight.
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