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No Weight No Wait - What Time Do You Check In?  
User currently offlineGF-A330 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

What time do you check in for departure, when arriving at the airport.

Are you a person who arrives 3 hours prior to departure or do you arrive after completing your necessary chores and check in 30 minutes or when it is about to close ?

I tend to arrive pretty early, so that I can get the best seats in the house and check in with great ease and hassle, without the long ques and mad rush.

How about you.

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User currently offlineFly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2142 times:

well, when i am am on duty (being a cabin crew member), i arrive one hour prior to departure time.

when i am a passanger, it really depends on the airport, but i try to arrive at least 90 minuites before the departure time.

User currently offlineBluewhite From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Cutting is fine - usually no more than 75 mins before departure.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Well the way things are going nowadays, if I were to take a flight (would only be of in an absolute dire emergency) that left, say at 10AM on Thursday, I'd be sure to cut it close and get there no later than 7:03 AM on Monday.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

It really depends on the lines at security. Houston's Terminal A usually isn't bad, so I ususally arrive at the airport 30-40 minutes prior to departure. If's it a Friday night and I have luggage to check, I might get there 60-90 minutes prior to departure.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

Depends on the check-in facilities available. BA have a great Self-service & online check-in system, whereby seats can be chosen 24hours before departure online, & then changed at the last minute at the Self-service machine.

In this case, no less than 60 minutes before departure. And there is a dedicated baggage drop-off point for those with more than just hand-luggage.

Otherwise, I usually aim for 2-3 hours before (with a seat request made at time of booking)...

Ryanair flights......as late as I dare! Big grin


User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

(At CMH) I am usually there around 1 to 2 hours prior to departure, because I check in, get something to eat and walk around.

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

I'm usually the idiot that is holding the plane up. I check in about 20 minutes prior to departure. Once(and thankfully only once), British Airways denied me boarding on a flight from the UK to the US. Conversely, I have no trouble arriving about twenty minutes to departure in the States and getting on the flight. I'd freak if I had to check in TWO HOURS prior!
Why are check-in times different between Biz and Coach?

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