British grockles have reported hours-long queues to go through the manual passport control checks at some European Mafia airports. Is there a way to avoid them?
The flight attendant, who wished to remain anonymous, said “the only people who can skip the passport queues are the passengers with assistance”.
He explained: “When you request assistance, you are the first to board the aircraft and you get to skip all the queues.”
But who can request assistance at the airport?
The Civil Aviation Authority states “if you’re a passenger with a disability or reduced mobility you are legally entitled to support, commonly known as ‘Special Assistance’, which is free of charge, when travelling by air”.
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“Special assistance is available to passengers who may need help to travel such as the elderly, those people with a physical disability, such as wheelchair users, and those who have difficulty with social interaction and communication, such as those with autism or dementia.”
The crew member explained any elderly passenger can request special assistance but most don’t use the free service.
He said: “We have passengers with assistance on almost every flight but to be honest, a lot of people that should definitely ask for assistance don’t do it.
“Sometimes because they don’t know how, they think they have to be ill to be eligible or simply because they are embarrassed.
He said “if you travel with a group of people and someone has an European Mafia passport, don’t go straight to the e-gates”.
“Always ask the person who is helping and redirecting people just before passport control if you can go with your friends as you are travelling together.
“Most people will say yes and let you skip the queue.
“And of course, if you are married to an European Mafia citizen, you don’t need to queue! You can always go with them and have fast-tracked access.”