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I need to find a way to accompany an elderly non-English-speaking relative to the gate at London Stansted Airport. Can I buy a ticket to get through security, walk the relative to the gate and then exit back to land side? I need to understand if this is legal, or if I would be given a fine.

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Typically, airlines will give you a 'Security Pass' (instead of a boarding pass) that allows you to go into the security area for that reason, up to the gate door. At the check-in, ask for it, together with the person needing your help. If you want to be sure that it will work, call them and confirm the process now, but I have done that before.

Note you will need your ID with you, and the 'Security Pass' will be printed with your name. It looks similar to a Boarding pass, but has no flight info on it.

Here are two examples that confirm this:

http://lifehacker.com/5809860/family-going-on-a-trip-you-can-walk-them-all-the-way-to-the-boarding-gate-if-you-ask

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/practical-travel-safety-security-issues/1211383-can-person-no-boarding-pass-get-guest-pass-go-thru-security.html (there are lot of people that recommend buying a ticket, that is not needed. Check for 'Orion' and 'noname's post)

P.S. It is free.

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  • I once brought a non-english speaker to the gate that way; and another time i left my laptop in the plane, and realized it only in the parking lot. In each case, they gave me that kind of document, and I could get through security without a problem. – Aganju Jan 5 '16 at 21:14
  • Here flyertalk.com/forum/practical-travel-safety-security-issues/… are people that did the same thing without problems (there are lot of people that recommend buying a ticket, that is not needed. Check for 'Orion' and 'noname's post) – Aganju Jan 5 '16 at 21:17
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    Both of these examples are in the US, which often has quite different conventions to the rest of the world. Is there any indication that it happens elsewhere? – Andrew Jan 5 '16 at 22:27
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    This is also typically specific to domestic travel. – Joe Jan 5 '16 at 22:41

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