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30th May 2016

easyJet is going to turn away people who turn up last minute for their flight

Bad news for "Have A Go" travellers

Carl Anka

easyJet is making some changes to its flying policy to stamp out lateness.

The Independent has reported that the low cost airline will now turn away would-be flyers who arrive less than 30 minutes before their flight.

People trying to pass through the security barriers once the 30 minute limit has passed will be instead asked to pay £80 to switch to another flight.

The airline is looking to crack down on ‘Have A Go’ or HAG travellers, who take advantage of the unchecked baggage rule to turn up late to flights to avoid queuing.

One member of the JOE team has a friend who would repeatedly turn up with moments to spare before flights, only to it as an excuse to push to the front of the queues while at the airport.

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 11: In this photo illustration a laptop displays the easyJet website on August 11, 2014 in Bristol, United Kingdom. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale. Since that sale - a copy of an album by the artist Sting - online retailing has grown to such an extent that it is now claimed that 95 percent of the UK population has shopped online and close to one in four deciding to shop online each week. (Photo Illustration by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

(Photo Illustration by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

But as the holiday season approaches, easyJet has asked staff at Gatwick Airport to re-programme its security barriers, so travellers with a boarding time of less than half an hour would be turned away. Travellers who are refused access will be told to return to the easyJet desk “to rearrange their travel arrangements.”

An easyJet spokesman said the move was being brought in to benefit passengers “so that they do not needlessly clear security at the point where the gate is already closed. If a flight is known to be late, some leeway will be given.”

The spokesman said the barrier closure is “dictated by live flight data, based on the actual time of the flight and not the scheduled time”.

The practice is in line with something British Airways practice at Heathrow. At the time of writing, easyJet sells a ‘missed flight cover’ for £7.50 that travellers purchase prior to their flight that can give them a free refund, or hop onto the next flight in the event of lateness.

But if you don’t buy your cover, you will have to pair the full £80 fee to switch flights.

One more thing to bear in mind if you fancy a summer holiday.

Fingers crossed it’s sunny this summer in the UK and you don’t have to fly, eh?

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