Beat airport queues with fast-track security lanes

If you’re in a rush, travelling with kids or simply hate queuing, then don’t just stand in line – take the fast lane with one of the express services available at many UK airports…

Buyer beware – read this before you book

If you are going to use an airport’s fast-track security lane, make sure you check the terms and conditions before you book.

Some services, such as the one provided at Manchester won’t let passengers with prams or car seats use the express lane – leaving them out of pocket and at the back of the queue.

Additionally, keep an eye out for schemes that charge a credit card booking fee. Gatwick, for example, will add on a £2 fee for those using credit cards – taking the total from £5 to £7, a 40% mark-up.

Finally, with services at Stansted and Manchester, there is no discount for booking in advance, so wait until you get there to see just how long the queues are before making your decision.

Security fast-track options available at UK airports

Speed through security by joining the fast lane for just a few pounds. Here are the airports where you can pay to beat the queues. Find full details and booking links below this table.

Airport How much per person Online booking
Aberdeen Airport £4.00 Yes
Birmingham Airport £3.75 Yes
Belfast Int Airport N/A N/A
Bournemouth Airport £3.50 Yes
Bristol Airport £3.95 Yes
East Midlands Airport £3.00 Yes
Edinburgh Airport £4.49 Yes
Exeter Airport £3.50 Yes
Gatwick Airport £5.00 Yes
Heathrow Airport £N/A No
Leeds Bradford Airport £4.00 Yes
Liverpool John Lennon Airport £4.00 Yes
Luton Airport £3.00 Yes
Manchester Airport £5.00 Yes
Newcastle Airport £3.00 Yes
Southampton Airport £3.50 Yes
Stansted Airport £7.00 Yes

All about security fast-track lanes and how to book your place

What are express / fast-track lanes: Put simply, they’re your ticket to beat the queues by using a lane reserved for passengers who are prepared to pay a little extra to dodge hold ups at security.

How do they work: Some airports require you book fast-track tickets before you fly, while others will let you pay on the day. It’s often cheaper to purchace before departure day.

How much time will I save: Most airports limit tickets for individual departure times, so queues will always be kept to a minimum. The exact waiting time will vary, but many airports aim to get paying passengers to security within five minutes.

How much does it cost: Expect to pay from £3 – £12.50 depending on airport and whether you pre-book. Use the links below to find out how much your airport charges.

My airport isn’t on the list: Sorry – express lanes are not available at all facilities. Grab a coffee and think of the good times to come, instead.

Book your airport fast-track security pass here

Simply click the tab for your airport here

Stansted Airport

Security FastTrack
Open: 04:00-21:00
How much: £7.00 per person
Book it here

Manchester Airport

Security Fast Track
How much: £5.00 per person
Book here


Edinburgh Airport

FastTRACK
How much: £4.49 per person
Book here

Bournemouth Airport

Fast Track
How much: £3.50 per person
Book it here


Bristol Airport

Fast Track
How much: £3.95 per person
Book it here


Heathrow Airport

Fast Track
How much: Comes with your airline ticket from participating airlines
Find out if you qualify here


Luton Airport

Priority Lane
Open: 04:00-21:00
How much: £3.00 online – £5.00 at terminal per person
Book it here


Gatwick Airport

Use the airport’s fast-track system to speed up your progress.
Open: 04.00-20.45
How much: £5.00
Book it here


Leeds-Bradford Airport

Fast Track
How much: £4.00 per person
Book it here


Birmingham Airport

Express Lane
How much: £3.75 per person
Book it here


East Midlands Airport

Express Lane
How much: £4.00 per person
Kids are free
Book it here


Southampton Airport

Priority Security
How much: £3.50 per person
Book it here


Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport
Priority security
How much: £4.00 per person
Book it here


Belfast International Airport

Priority Security
How much: Not currently listed
Book it here


Liverpool John Lennon Airport

FastTrack
How much: £4.00 online – £5.00 at terminal per person
Book it here


Exeter Airport

Fast-Track
How much: £3.50
Get more information here

Newcastle Airport

Security Fast Track
How much: £3.00 per person
Book it here

More to follow...

Look out for more services as they arrive


Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport
Premium Passport Control has just been launched. It’s open to arrivals only and can help speed up your journey from plane to baggage reclaim. Book ahead and be one of just 50 passengers using the service each hour – ensuring you’ll breeze through. It’s over 18s only, so families are left in the queue. Service must be booked 24 hours in advance.
How much: £12.50 per person – the UK’s most expensive.
Book here

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport
Security Fast Track
How much: £5.00 per person
Book here


Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport
FastTRACK
How much: £4.49 per person
Book here

Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport
Fast Track
How much: £3.50 per person
Book it here


Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport
Fast Track
How much: £3.95 per person
Book it here


Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport
Fast Track
How much: Comes with your airline ticket from participating airlines
Find out if you qualify here


Luton Airport

Luton Airport
Priority Lane
How much: £3.00 online – £5.00 at terminal per person
Book it here


Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport
Security Fast Track
How much: £3.00 per person
Book it here


Leeds-Bradford Airport

Leeds-Bradford Airport
Fast Track
How much: £4.00 per person
Book it here


Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport
Express Lane
How much: £3.75 per person
Book it here


East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport
Express Lane
How much: £3.00 per person
Book it here


Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport
Priority Security
How much: £3.50 per person
Book it here


Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport
Priority security
How much: £4.00 per person
Book it here


Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport
Priority Security
How much: £3.00 per person
Book it here (System seems to be unavailable at present)


Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
FastTrack
How much: £3.50 online – £5.00 at terminal per person
Book it here


Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport
Fast-Track
How much: £3.50
Get more information here


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