I have a 07:15 flight on Sunday Oct 28th departing from London Luton Airport. Owing to limited options on public transport, I will be arriving at the airport at ~00:30. Is there any chance I will be able to go through security earlier than the usual 3h and wait for my flight in duty free?

Edit: I have no checked bags - only carry-on. It is an international flight to a destination outside of the EU.

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    @AnnaSchumann I’ve been allowed to clear security early to accompany my partner whose flight was leaving a couple of hours before mine, after asking the Officer very nicely for permission. I suspect you may need a better reason than ‘I had to arrive very early due to public transport’ but you may be lucky - no harm asking!
    – Traveller
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 10:02
  • Is the airport open through the night?
    – Willeke
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 10:15
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    @Willeke Yes, Luton is open 24/7 (see third question in this FAQ)
    – B.Liu
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 10:19
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    @AnnaSchumann This does not directly answers your question - I just wanted to check if none of the coaches are good options for you to get to Luton Airport. This is a great question on its own.
    – B.Liu
    Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 10:22
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    @B.Liu Unfortunately, i'm already booked on the latest possible coach from my area! Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 11:06

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I was finally able to get into contact with London Luton Airport, who stated that i'd be able to pass through security ~5h before departure - which is the point at which the airline activates the flight.

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    Thanks for coming back to answer your question! Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 12:55
  • If you intend o get some sleep during your waiting hours, please check a guide like this
    – gmauch
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 18:23

Be aware that Luton airport is pretty grim generally; it's a permanant building site and there is very little to do before security. I had a similar transport issue and had to wait until 2 hours before my flight before I could go through. There's also a shortage of seating before security.

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    This sounds like a useful comment, but it doesn't really answer the question. Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 7:37
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    @DmitryGrigoryev The second sentence "I ... had to wait until 2 hours before my flight" seems a pretty unambiguous answer to me (even if it does contradict the advice from Luton Airport). Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 10:14
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    On the other hand, it's less grim than Luton itself.
    – Strawberry
    Commented Oct 26, 2018 at 13:13
  • This answer seems to imply that there are positive qualities to Luton airport after you've been through security, which I can't get on board with :-).
    – Ben
    Commented Oct 27, 2018 at 6:05

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