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Getting to LHR/AA's Self-serve check-in at LHR

Jan 7th, 2006, 09:24 AM
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Getting to LHR/AA's Self-serve check-in at LHR

I posted a question in the Airline section about getting to LHR for a 7:55am flight from LHR/ORD. It sounds like the best way for a solo traveler to get there by 6am will be the Heathrow Express, as the tube can't get me there until 6:32. If anyone has a better idea, I would love to hear it.

I still don't have an answer to the second part of my question, so I'm hoping someone in this forum can help. I am told that American Airlines has a self-service check-in process at LHR. If I use self-service, will I still have to stand in line to drop off my bag? If you have used this service I would appreciate your input.

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Jan 8th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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Jan 8th, 2006, 09:11 AM
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Sorry I missed the second part before.

Yes, of course you have to stand in line for bag drop, passport check, etc. And the lines are long.
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Jan 8th, 2006, 09:26 AM
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Thanks, Gardyloo.
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Jan 8th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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Gardyloo,

If you needed to stand in line for passport check, then what would be the point of a check-in kiosk in London and Paris?

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I believe, that when the security agent employed by AA does the routine questioning, s/he is the one that checks your passport, and maybe you can swipe your machine readable passport just like a FF card or CC. There are agents there that will take your luggage. Basically it should work like the domestic kiosks with the only extra step being the security questioning.

Having status with AA allows me to check in at the first class desk, so I never tried the kiosks at LHR, but I assume that's how they work.

You may want to post this question on Flyertalk.com, the AA forum.
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Jan 8th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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AAFF - I was referring to the short passport check that they do when you drop your bags, not the security screening check.

It's just like you say - similar to domestic self-serves.
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Jan 8th, 2006, 11:05 AM
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Thanks to both of you for your replies. You are both very helpful, as usual. I have used self-serve on domestic trips w/AA, but this will be my first time to use it on an international flight. I will be taking this trip in April and when I return I will post back as to how much of a time-saver the self service process was.
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