As of today, the airlines will be able to come to agreements with Palma airport over the use of the brand new “fast lane”. This will let some of the passengers go straight to the security controls. No need to queue. This system has been set up at the airlines’ request and will be handled by them too. They will decide if they want to use it and how much each passengers has to pay for it. For their part, Aena will charge the airline 1.5 Euros per passenger.
The news was published this morning in a piece by DiaroDeMallorca. The announcement comes only a few days after new restrictions were added to the hand luggage security controls in the Spanish airports: starting March 1, every electronic device needs to be taken out of hand bags during the security controls. No matter the size. Preferente.com informed that not only cameras, laptops and phones will have to be checked separately, but other items such as hair-dryers, straighteners and battery toys as well. For this purpose, Aena explained that they are increasing the number of supervisors at the security controls. These new restrictions have been added in order to meet the European regulation, fixed in Brussels, which is mandatory for all the European airports.
Starting today, passengers arriving to the security area will have two choices: a fast lane, exclusive for passengers who have paid for it (provided that the airline offers that possibility) and the “zigzag lane”. In the summer seasons, the zigzag lane is usually very busy. All passengers arrive at the same control, no matter which lane they go through. The difference is that the passengers using the fast lane will slip through the queues. In order to avoid blockades, Aena promised to increase staff. At the moment, according to the Palma airport director, it takes 4 minutes to go through the security measures.
Also, DiarioDeIbiza informed this morning that Aena does not expect another fast lane for Ibiza airport. According to this information, no airlines have requested it at the moment. However, other airports like Madrid and Barcelona do have this fast lane operational.
Photo: Terminal C of Palma de Majorca Airport by Wusel007 – Wikimedia Commons