American travelers on there way to or through London will now be able to "skip the queue" at customs. The new plan will allow Americans, Canadians, Australians, Japanese, and New Zealand passport holders to bypass the often-lengthy lines that await travelers arriving at London's Heathrow Airport, particularly those who are only transferring in the airport. The new rules will drastically shorten lines at customs and immigration and thus lowering the number of missed connections and improve the overall airport experience.
Those select passport carriers will be able to now use the electronic passport gates at the border—lines formerly only available for EU citizens, according to an announcement from Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.
Many are seeing the move as a reaction to Brexit as the UK tries to open up more beyond Europe.