U.S. travelers can jump the immigration line at Heathrow next year

You’ve spent hours on a plane getting to your dream vacation. Do you really want to spend more hours standing around at the airport immigration desk? Ugh. 

If you can hold off until next year to visit London, you’re in luck. 

Until now, everyone without an EU passport has had to wait for processing at London Heathrow. And according to onemileatatime.com, the wait has grown to as long as two-and-a-half hours.

But in mid-2019, travelers with a passport from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan will be able to jump the queue.

The airport is preparing to open electronic passport gates that have been reserved only for EU residents. So all you have to do is place your passport in an electronic reader and pause for a photo that’s cross-referenced with your document. Once the system confirms a match, a gate will open and off you go. 

The move is part of the U.K.’s larger effort to attract travelers from non-European countries – and their wallets.

Thank you, Brexit. 

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