My husband and I planned a 9–day trip to Maui, a first time to Hawaii for both of us to spend out 6 year anniversary. We decided to take United due to my Husband’s Premier Executive status and the fact that they have a direct flight from LAX
Our flight left on April 18th (Sunday) at 8:50am. We live in Orange County so our airport of choice is John Wayne, but LAX
was the only option for United. So, we very begrudgingly headed to the airport at 6:00am and arrived shortly before 7:00am. Well, what a nightmare we encountered once there. Ridiculously long security lines, by the time we had checked in and had our check-in baggage screened, it was 8:05am and we had to get in the two mile long security line. Well, at this point I started to panic. Then, we were shipped to 5 different lines before someone finally called for the 8:45am flights. So, we got shipped to another security line upstairs. Once through security, we were stopped by the Security Screeners because we had a travel bar with about 4 bottles of booze (1 bottle Vodka, Rum, Scotch and a bottle of wine). So, it’s now 8:46am and two screeners decide to pull out a huge binder to check how much “proof” we could bring on the plane. Finally, my husband just tells them to take one of the friggin’ bottles because our plane was leaving. They give us one final blank stare, close the travel bar and tell us to go. So, as I’m running to gate 74, my poor hubby has been subjected to lugging all of our hand baggage just so I can make my sprint to the gate. As I arrive, I notice the plane is still there but of course; there is not a soul to be found in the gate area, except for one gate agent who is on the phone telling someone that there are “two more coming” as I’m running towards her. I yell for my husband to hurry his ass up, and as we make our way through the jet way, the door of the plane is closed and there is another couple waiting. The couple tells us “they’re deciding if they are going to let us on”. So, about 30 seconds later the jet way driver moves the jet way closer to the door, the door opens up and they let us on. We board the plane huffing and puffing from our airport sprint, make our way to our seats and notice the plane is only 40% full because everyone else is probably still in line for security!
I can’t help but wonder, should I continue to be disgusted with the setup at LAX
or is it our own fault for not showing up 3 hours early? It seems a bit much for a domestic flight if you ask me.
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated as we have vowed to avoid LAX
if at all possible for our future travels. We feel we would have been better off flying from OC to SFO
, and then taking the flight to Hawaii from there.