Reply To: Heathrow Terminal 3 drop-off / pick-up

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You may be correct in stating some of these restrictions are brought in due to security reasons but it seems like it has now become very convenient for airports and airlines to introduce new procedures due to security concerns when they can become revenue generators, such as having to use a car park to pick up, charging for plastic bags for liquid & gels, the overpricing of items which cannot be carried through security but are for sale airside etc.
As far as a pick zone goes, as long as the driver simply pulls in for a waiting kerbside passenger, loads up and goes then I don’t see it being any more of a security issue than a drop off zone, if anything probably less so, waiting and loading restrictions are just as easily enforceable as for drop off zone. Some airports in the US provide an off airport site where the one can park while waiting for a call from an incoming passenger to collect them from the pick up zone, a relatively simple solution if the airport want to restrict waiting traffic and provide genuine convenience for its ‘customer’ who has already paid for the privilege of using the airport.

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