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Anonymous8 Nov 2011
‘Fastest escape to immigration’ .. IMHO .. the VS J cabin is far more comfortable than BA CW, so I don’t understand the rush to get away.
Even if you’re in the front row by door 1 or the last row of the front cabin by door 2, the main slow down at immigration will be the passengers arriving on other flights.
If you’ve got a quick pace, I reckon you don’t need to be the first passenger from a Business Class cabin of an arriving flight to be the first of that flight at immigration.9 Nov 2011
So you may save 3 minutes in the queue after a 7 hour flight – is that so important? Forget about the mad rush to immigration – the answer is to get a US passport…….9 Nov 2011
If the US passport is unobtainable, the answer is BA from London City & do the Shannon Shuffle.
Apart from a disappointing 13.00 as the earliest departure, the seat, service, food & customs clearance are all far superior to BA’s Club World service ex LHR.9 Nov 2011
The 3 minutes count, I am missing thanksgiving dinner with my wifes family (a blessing for some). The potential 30 people in front of me, depending on my seat selection, with 2 counters open for international passports is a situation where every minute counts.
US passport would be nice, but i dont fancy the life long taxation, would rather make the application for my APEC card.
BA v VS…BA every day but flight times with my connection from Asia make this the fastest option.
Appreciate all the comments.9 Nov 2011
Other things being equal, in multiple immigration queue situations, choose the one closest to the crew line.
One can occasionally get lucky if the underused (crew) agent is feeling generous/helpful and calls across passengers from the (your) nearby passenger queue whilst waiting for the next incoming crew.9 Nov 2011
Given up on this subterfuge, partially as Miami seems to be the only one left with mutiple lines and secondly when I did this at Miami they used the line next to crew for all the wheelchair passengers. There are a lot of wheelchair passengers who fly into Miami from Latin America… was there hours… My strategy is to look for airports where airliens do not share immigration and choose flight times that do not have other flights with close timings (JFK for both BA and AA is good for this Virgin not so much, MIA, DFW and ORD horrible but for LAX AA has proven the fastst of the lot unlike BA into TBIT which is appaling. What is Virgin like at LAX? Worst ever was Delta at JFK when I arrived from MExico City and An Air France .from CDG, a KLM from AMS and another European heavy and a Korean flight had all arrived within previous 10 minutes, 3 hours in immigration…10 Nov 2011
The verdict…seat position did matter. Sat towards the back of upper class, first off the plane. 2 counters open and a KLM flight landing the same time. Friend on the flight was sitting in 2a, got through security 70 minutes after me.25 Nov 2011