Lufthansa has announced that it will make life a bit easier for passengers flying from Munich’s Terminal 2 to a handful of German cities.

For passengers flying to Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, or Dusseldorf, they will be able to bypass the main security screening checkpoints and go to the gate area for the flights where security screening will take place.

Dubbed ‘SmartDepart’, this new screening process is now in place during peak travel times of 6:00a to 8:30a and from 4:00p to 6:30p.    In addition to the security ‘shortcut’, the gates for these flights will be located in the central area of Terminal 2, further reducing the amount of time passengers need to take to make their flights.   In fact, the aircraft will park at gates closest to the exits of the destination airports as well.

But there is one theoretical restriction to the program.    Signage indicates that passengers traveling with ONLY ONE carry on piece of luggage will be allowed to use SmartDepart.  But in practice I find it hard to believe that passengers will be penalized if they have a purse or small briefcase in addition to their carry on bag.   We’ve come to know that barks have always been worse than bites when it comes to such things.

If you are traveling on one of these flights, look for signage that reads ‘Smart Depart Fast Lane’ inside of T2 in Munich.  That will take you to the express security check point.

The service is open to all passengers on these flights regardless of Miles & More status or class of travel.

If I understand LH’s press release correctly, it appears that this program will be expanded to more LH flights starting on October 31.