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Odd question from Security when transiting through LHR

Odd question from Security when transiting through LHR

May 19th, 2011, 02:31 AM
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Odd question from Security when transiting through LHR

Started at CDG; connecting LHR for flight to BOS. Had to go to the AA desk when connecting in LHR (where they replaced the boarding pass we had been given in Paris, which I thought was odd too); had to talk with the security agent in front of the connections desk. Ok, all the usual questions - bags in your possession the whole time; did anyone give us anything etc. Then he asks if I have status with AA. I say yes, I'm platinum. He says, can you prove it? I said, well, um, yes. I had an AA platinum luggage tag on my carryon, so I pointed to it and said, "will that do?" He says yes, thankyou. And that was it.

Any ideas on what that was all about? I have been puzzling over this for days now - I just don't get it!
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May 19th, 2011, 02:37 AM
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Don you have a common name? (DH has common name and was on various lists for quite a while). Something set off some reason for concern - could be anything from unusual method of payment itinerary, prior destinations, or something else weird going on with some other person on flight.

I think the main thing they wanted to do was look at you and talk to you - so made you get a new boarding pass. My guess is the AA status question was just an excuse to do the same - see if you got unhinged.

Or maybe I am giving them too much credit - and I certainly don't know either, just guessing.
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May 20th, 2011, 06:37 AM
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No, not really a common name; and everyone had to stop at the AA desk who was transiting which was different. I'm thinking it's the bin laden death that has raised security concerns; but I still don't get the AA status question - just very odd. Guess I'll never know what it was about.
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May 20th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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Have had to deal with AA security in LHR, and they seem to enjoy trying to flummox people. Asked me some similarly tangential questions about where I got the upgrade miles from, etc. etc. They pulled our boarding passes, too - as if they were saying that the CDG security measures were insufficient. I think this is one of those many questions best answered by "because they can."
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May 20th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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I've connected to AA at BRU a couple of times too. There was an interview at the gate, and they replaced the TATL boarding pass that the connecting airline gave me before my first flight that day.
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May 21st, 2011, 07:18 AM
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Chaning your boarding pass is something I've seen many times, especially if the original boarding pass was issued by a different airline.

As far as questions go, you should expect anything. Sometimes they are looking for the way you answer a question instead of the answer itself. If you have to think too much before answering certain questions they get suspicious.
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May 21st, 2011, 08:47 AM
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Considering the fact that AA lost two planes on 9/11, the interest in enhanced security seems appropriate...
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