@ FDOS, same thing happens at EDI, Hence my question earlier, about HBO fares.
Pay the cheapest fare, volunteer to give up your baggage and hey presto you get priority boarding. On the negative side, you’ve put your valuable time at the other end into the hands of the baggage handlers. So no quick get away.
And as I mentioned, my colleagues and I could have been happily at the hotel bar 1/2 hour before we actually where.
Plus, is this an opportunity for BA to introduce yet another new ancillary fee called,……”Keep your bag with you” : )