U.K. Airports To Offer Expedited Security For A Fee

by Cheryl Rosen
U.K. Airports To Offer Expedited Security For A Fee

Heathrow Airport in London.

Travelers headed to Britain will be able to avoid the lines at passport control by paying a fee for expedited service, under a controversial new two-tier plan proposed by the Home Office.

Many U.K. airports, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Heathrow, already offer fast-track security clearance for about £5 per person. But the proposed plan would expand the service—and the price—dramatically.

The proposed fast-track service would be available at airports throughout the country—and cost as much as £17.50 per person per entry, according to numerous U.K. media reports.

But U.K. unions have branded the idea a gimmick, and called for more border control staff instead.

Also this weekend, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd acknowledged that British travelers could be forced to pay for visas for trips to other European countries, since as the result of the Brexit vote they are no longer members of the European Union.

On Sunday Rudd suggested that Britain would accept the need for visas if it must, but warned it might retaliate with a similar fee to E.U. members seeking to enter the United Kingdom. 

France and Germany have proposed a system like the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) visa program in the United States, where inbound travelers can obtain a visa waiver online for a fee.

  2
  0
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Top Five 2017 Travel Destinations

1. Havana, Cuba

2. Cape Town, South Africa

3. Merida, Mexico

4. Denver, Colorado

5. Vancouver, Canada

Source: Forbes

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Four Seasons To Close Costa Rica Resort For Major Renovations
Four Seasons To Close Costa Rica Resort For Major Renovations

The $35 million overhaul will be completed by December.

First Marvel-Themed Hotel Planned For Disneyland Paris
First Marvel-Themed Hotel Planned For Disneyland Paris

Iron Man, the Avengers and Spider Man will be the stars of a new hotel.

Tel Aviv Takes Its Place As ‘Israel’s Coolest City’
Tel Aviv Takes Its Place As ‘Israel’s Coolest City’

Tourism to the Middle East is on the rise, insiders say, and Israel’s #2 city is determined to gain on Jerusalem as the place they want to stay. A new high-speed, 30-minute rail line next year surely will help.

InterContinental Hotel Moves To 24-Hour Cancellation Policy
InterContinental Hotel Moves To 24-Hour Cancellation Policy

Parent company of Holiday Inn is taking a step to be more customer-friendly than its peers.

A Tour Of Ice And Fire: Itineraries Highlight Game Of Thrones’ Seven Kingdoms
A Tour Of Ice And Fire: Itineraries Highlight Game Of Thrones’ Seven Kingdoms

Scenes for the show are filmed in Iceland, Ireland, Spain and Croatia, using cities, landmarks and UNESCO Heritage Sites as a backdrop.

Rise Of Independent Hotels: An Opportunity For Travel Agents
Rise Of Independent Hotels: An Opportunity For Travel Agents

Travel professionals understand what a client wants and what a hotel has to offer -- and that makes for a perfect match.

News Briefs
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: American Queen Steamboat Company