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January 3, 2012
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Olympic VIPs are to be given dedicated passport lanes at Heathrow this summer.

The scheme to fast-track 25,000 athletes, coaches and officials will mean delays for other fliers, according to the UK Border Agency.

Queues at Terminal 4 for non-EU arrivals already reach two hours at peak times.

Thousands of immigration staff will be transferred from their normal duties to deal with London 2012 arrivals.

A spokesman for the airport, which is an official Olympics sponsor, insisted it would cope with the massive influx.

But Heathrow bosses admitted that after the fiasco of the Terminal 5 opening – in which the baggage system collapsed – this would be their ‘greatest challenge’.

Officials and athletes who have not registered in advance will have to have their fingerprints and photographs taken by border staff when they enter the country.

The information will be checked against immigration and security watch-lists of potential terrorists and criminals and stored on a database.

The process will cost more than £2million including the charge for training 2,000 Border Agency staff to collect the data.

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