The British papers are covering extensive delays at Heathrow yesterday – Terminals 2 and 5 (other Terminals are closed) as UK Border Force closed the e-gates (electronic self-scanning gates) in order to check everyone’s passport in person, as well as their negative COVID test and Passenger Locator forms.
The COVID test should have been checked by the airline before the passenger was allowed to board but it seems that the UK Border is doing this again, rather than just a sample of passengers or flight as was suggested by the governments’s Department of Transport would be the case.
The Passenger Locator form is often not checked by the airline in my experience, but if you got to the inspector without it you would have to complete it online, there and then. This requires a device which can access the airport Wi-Fi or which has a data bundle. Not every traveller has this.
The papers report that fines are being handed out to those failing to comply.
The queues led to bags piling up on luggage belts and being dumped on the floor of the terminal.
The Passenger Locator form can be filled in no more than 48 hours before arrival and the web site used to fill it in can be found here.