The first leg of our flight from Edinburgh to Newark, NJ was on Flybe, to Manchester. (The larger part of our flight was on United.) We realize it is a small airline, and it was easy to miss directional information in Edinburgh. Our complaint was that upon arriving in Manchester, the entire plane load was shepherded into a stairwell where we waited until the person seeing us off the plane could come inside, wade through all the passengers and unlock the door at the top of the stairs. People with tight connections were very unhappy in the stairwell, but even less happy when we had to stay in line for a "check in" of sorts that included what we presume was an iris scan before we could move on to our connecting flight. Perhaps that is the norm in the UK, but we're used to getting off one plane and on to another without drama (unless of course, the flight is delayed, gate is changed, etc.) It left us puzzled.