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Airport check in time leeway- any experiences to relate?


SparkyJack
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I am off on as trip in a month or so.

The flight time is 07.40

Going by the check in times this means arriving at the airport in the region of 04.40 or as near as.

This would mean a taxi to pick up a 03.00 or thereabouts.

How much lee way is there in these times considering that 200 or so other folk will presumably going through the motions of checking security boarding etc.

Any experience of how late once get away this?

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T0SH

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I do recall waiting some three hours to get checked in for a flight Gatwick to Egypt some years back now, we ended up running through security and onward to the departure gate, luckily we just made it with seconds to spare before the gate closed

Thankfully it has not happened to us since, recently the longest delays seem to be passing through security, which quite often appear to be under staffed, given that the level of passengers is known well in advance perhaps this should not be ?

Cheers HC

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Bing.alau

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Of course if you are flying first class or whatever they choose to call it these days maybe things are speeded up a bit. I think the FE is a frequent flyer, maybe he has lots of knowledge and views about the problems of flying. But whether or not he goes first or cattle class I know not.

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SparkyJack

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Rhanx for all of that- just as confued The flight however is November to Venice - so hoards of people will perhaps be fewer. coming back isanother story. Once in Venice I joine one of those huge cruise ship that have spent thre summer going around the Med as they do. At the end of the season many do a -'Repositioning cruise' to sunnier climes in the Southern Summer. Aas these trips entail lot of sea time and few calls to tourist traps- Casablanca - Agiadir Dakar - Namibia - Cape town Rather than sail empty the costs are halved for those intrepid souls who like cruising and not too fussed about trips ashore to Bazaars and other traps for the unwary/

Flying back from Capetown will land me at Heathrow mid November - but that is possibly another long tale.....................

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Woolwell

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If the holiday company or whoever you have booked through advise being at the airport at around 04:40 then that is the time you have to be there by. It's not worth the risk of arriving later.

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Forum Editor

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To a degree your experience depends on which airport you use.

At most airports it's not the actual check-in that takes the most time, it's the extended security checks before you're allowed air-side.

Do try to do an online check-in if you can, because it will definitely speed up your transit through check-in at the airport. You'll have printed your own boarding pass, or have it on your phone for scanning, and your queuing time will be considerably reduced.

Arriving back at Heathrow will be painless, until you get to the immigration queues. The government has pledged to reduce queuing time to no more than 45 minutes, which is a joke - try standing in a corridor for three quarters of an hour and you'll have an idea of what a disgrace it all is to boast about reducing waiting times to 45 minutes.

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SparkyJack

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Thank you one and all for the experiences and advice much appreciated.

Many other organisations -Hospitals down to Argos use electronic or manual number allocation systems -

Similar could be used for EU passport holders- get a number and grab a refreshment ans sit until called perhaps in batches of twenty or more -according to the number of positions manned at any one time.

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Condom

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Check in times vary for internal, European and long haul so as many have said it is a good idea to follow what your airline says. As FE also says use on line checking in if you can as it does save you time. Also once you get air-side it is also most important that you get to your gate within the allotted time or you might be refused boarding clearance. It is surprising how many people can get lost between entering air-side and taking off.

Have a great trip.

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