Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3377 posts, RR: 8 Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
a) Wait at the front of the line until you are called to a specific agent?
b) Go to the agent's counter as soon as another passenger leaves?
c) Use the easy-check in machine?
d) Use internet check in?
When I need to check in at the counter, I am an "A" person. I find that the agent is often still busy finalizing a previous record after that passenger leaves, so approaching that counter space can be annoying. Or perhaps that agent is about to leave the space, for break or for a meeting or whatever.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2315 times:
When I am flying within Germany or within Europe:
c) Use the easy-check in machine
when I am flying intercontinental:
b) Go to the agent's counter as soon as another passenger leaves?
The risk to get a bad seat when using the easy check in machine is to high, especially on long flights. A few month ago I used the easy check in machine and I choose a window seat but I got a middle seat. Good that it was only on a flight from DTM to FRA (45 minutes), imagine the same would happen on a 12 hour intercontinental flight.
AWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2301 times:
I hate it when passengers approach the counter before they are called up to it. Say I just sold a ticket to the passenger I just helped well I am gonna have to do some paper work before I can help the next person, if you come up before I am ready your gonna wait. Just wait until your called to the counter.
CMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
I wait in the elite line until I'm called up because I've been too dumb to use e-tickets and those funky machines. But the next flight I'll be taking solo (LGA-DFW-PHX) I'll use the machines.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
Because I work in the industry, when I travel, I prefer to be courteous and WAIT until I am called up.
When I travel intercontinental, however, and I have an e-ticket, I head straight for the self-check-in kiosks and then, if I have to, wait in line to get my bag tag. If no line for the bag tag, I will approach the appropriate counter right away.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2142 times:
It all depends how much time I have to spare. If I am running late, I have usually checked in online and go straight to the gate. If I have time to spare, I will usually go to the counter to checkin with an agent. I'm elite on pretty much every airline I fly, but I find that in most cases it is quicker to use the regular desks rather than the Elite lines.
A330_DTW From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
I work in the industry, too, and wait till I'm called when traveling non-rev, when at the bank, the post office, or anywhere else where there are multiple agents/employees to assist customers. I find it rude and annoying to just walk up to someone "who isn't busy" because I don't know if they're finishing up with their last customer or not.
While checking in at CUN a year or so ago, I was standing in line to check-in and a customer walked away from an agent. I was next in line, but was waiting for her (or another agent) to call me. Then I heard this little punk behind me say, "Come on, let's go!" So I turned around and said, "Look, asshole, I'm waiting until she calls me." Several people behind him laughed and clapped because he had been really annoying while standing in line. I mean, come on, it's Mexico and things are much more laid back and no one is in a hurry but the creep who was behind me.
Legalman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2072 times:
Dumb question for you all. I fly BA often BOS/EWR to LHR. Now, I always wait in the lines. What is this e-check in? Can I check in via the internet? what are the check in machines? Keep in mind my wife ALWAYS has 2 bags to check. Thanks!
Jrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
Most of my flying is non-revenue flying. Delta allows non-revenue passengers to check-in via the kiosk for domestic flights, and to check begs there as well. It's great! I also use the kiosk when I'm flying domestically on a normal e-ticket.
The only times I go to the counter are when I'm either travelling with my cat or flying internationally, whether non-revving or not. And I always wait until I'm called.
Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2046 times:
Hi Legalman, Here is some handy info for you from www.ba.com:
"Self-Service Check-in Machines
Avoid the queues with our Self-Service Check-in machines.
Located near the check-in area, Self Service Check-in Machines allow you to check-in for your flight if you have an ATB ticket (cardboard ticket with magnetic stripe on the back), or e-ticket. You may also change your seat if availability allows. The "How to check-in" section of this web site contains more information about the different ways to use the Self-Service Check-in machine.
Let us take you through the Self-Service Check-in process step-by-step and you'll see how easy it is to get through the Terminal and onto the plane."
In the USA we only have the SelfService machines at JFK only.
There is a really good demo you can run. To launch the demonstration go to...
Avroarrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1046 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2037 times:
When flying AC/United codeshare I always use the automated kiosks, never had any problems baggage or otherwise. I have used Westjets self serve kiosks once only due to them not being able to deal with baggage via a self serve check in. When I do wait in line I always wait till I'm called. (Just like a good dog.)
Give me a mile of road and I can take you a mile. Give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.