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Industrial action at Heathrow

Unite has announced that two groups of Heathrow security officers will go on strike on May 25 – 27.

While the airport will remain open, the strike action may cause disruption to the travel plans of some passengers during this period. If you are planning to travel during these dates, it's best to check your flight status with your airline for the latest information.

On strike days, passengers will only be allowed to bring two items of hand baggage (carry-on baggage) through security. Handbags and laptop bags count as a piece of hand baggage. Your checked-in luggage allowance remains as advertised by your airline.

We anticipate that the airport will be busy during this period, and additional "Here to Help" teams are available to assist passengers. Please speak to a colleague if you need any assistance while in the terminals, and please be patient with our teams as they work hard to ensure you can continue your travel plans during this busy period.

To help keep the airport running smoothly, we recommend that you:

  1. Check your flight details and status with your airline before travelling to the airport
  2. Arrive no earlier than two hours before short-haul flights and three hours for long-haul flights
  3. Make sure your hand luggage is prepared for security checks, including having liquids in a separate, sealed see-through bag (max. size 100ml), and removing large electrical items and placing them in a separate tray.

Frequently asked questions

Passengers are encouraged to check with airline for the latest information about their flight before travelling to Heathrow. Aim to arrive no earlier than two hours before departure time for short haul flights, and three hours for long haul. To help us process passengers as quickly as possible, make sure you get your hand luggage ready for security – removing liquids (100ml or smaller) into a separate, sealed, see-through bag, and large electricals like laptops and tablets out your bag and in a separate tray for scanning.

Passengers will only be allowed to travel through security with two items of hand baggage (carry-on baggage). Handbags and laptop bags count as a piece of hand baggage.

Passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest information about their flight before travelling to Heathrow.

Passengers should aim to arrive no earlier than two hours before departure time for short haul flights, and three hours for long haul.

Passengers with a delayed or cancelled flight will need to speak to their airline who will be able to talk them through their options.

The VIP suite will unfortunately not be open to departing passengers on strike days.

Your allowances for checked-in luggage remain as advertised by your airline. Please check your booking or contact your airline to confirm your allowance for checked-in luggage.

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