Length of wait for security screening in Stansted Airport in the UK 2018

Security screening at Stansted Airport had an average waiting time of 10 minutes. 36 percent of respondents from a 2018 survey reported queuing approximately 1-5 minutes. Only one percent of respondents stated that they had to wait more than 30 minutes before being able to continue to their gate. The same survey found that the majority were satisfied with their security screening experience at Stansted Airport. Stansted has been part of the Manchester Airport Group since 2013, which also includes Manchester and East Midlands airports.

Stansted has longest security screening queue

  Of airports located in and around London, Stansted had the longest such waiting time. By comparison, Gatwick had the fastest security lines, with 24 percent of respondents reporting that they did not have to wait at all.

Chartered flight users most satisfied

  Overall level of satisfaction with airport security screening in the United Kingdom was particularly high among those using chartered planes. Chartered flight users were very satisfied, 58 percent of the time compared to 51 percent of scheduled flight users.

How long did you queue when waiting to be security screened at Stansted airport?

Share of respondents
0 mins7%
1-5 mins36%
6-10 mins25%
11-20 mins25%
21-30 mins6%
31-60 mins1%
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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Number of respondents

4,180 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

CAA Passenger Survey 2018

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

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