✅ Verified Review
| My experiences with this airport are very positive. I am a frequent traveler and depart mostly from this airport. I traveled from this airport on a Ryanair flight to Eindhoven (NL) with a flight duration of 50 minutes. I used the train to come in 60 minutes prior to departure. 5 minute walk to the terminal. Now, if you fly for the first time from Stansted as an inexperienced traveler, this airport will make you feel a bit stressed as the airport is very busy and you are 'rushed' through all processes to get you to the terminal. This efficiency I however appreciate, as I just want to get to my destination quickly. I used Ryanair's self-service bag drop for my 2 bags. You weigh them on a scale, put a tag on, walk to a conveyor belt, press a few buttons and off goes your bag. It took me 10 minutes total to drop my bags, but this could have gone faster if it were not for the lady assigning the scales to people who was slow in assigning scales. Then I walk to departures by scanning the barcode on my ticket (digital/paper both work) in one of the many gates to the security area. My security check took 10 minutes. I have always timed my walk-through time here for fun and it takes between 5-20 minutes to get through security. This can be delayed by at least 15 minutes if you leave liquids in your bag. So on this trip it took me 25 minutes to get from train to the main terminal. The departure terminal is where problems are with this airport. Despite being brand new, the terminal is in my opinion too small to deal with the number of passengers it processes. After security I walked through a lane of shopping with good offers, but the lane is too small and groups hold up other passengers. The seating in the terminal building is sufficient and comfortable, but was busy which is not relaxing. One can choose between an actual seat or a 'bench'-like structure for the quick traveller without a back rest. The latter offers USB connections and plugs, but all of these do not work. The wifi connection is sufficient for checking some flight info. The food options are comparable to London St. Pancras - fast food, coffee, so forth. Took me 5 minutes in line to get some food. My flight was called on the many screens 25 minutes before departure. It was a modest 10 min walk to the gate and a further 10 minute wait in line before boarding. The airport offers automated trains to terminals that are further away. If your aim is a getting a cheap flight, a very fast bag drop, a swift security check and a bit of tax free shopping, this airport is 5*. If you are elderly and/or inexperienced, I suggest you arrive 2 hours prior to departure and pay a bit more to go to the Stansted Escape Lounge so you feel more relaxed. Otherwise, your Stansted experience will be more similar to the other people who have reviewed this airport.