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PDXPremier Dec 22, 10 2:09 am

AS in LAS...yikes...
 
Just flew back to PDX from LAS last night and couldn't help but notice how slow going the operation seemed to be from the check-in counter to the gate....upon arriving at the counter, I noticed there were a total of 2 people working and since we were booked in F, I had my wife wait in the First Class/MVP line which already had people waiting while I proceeded to check us in using the regular kiosks...she quickly realized that I was going to get done faster so she left the F line and waited with me...then came the wait to get the bag tags which was probably still less of a wait than if we were to stand in the F line. When we got to the gate, we needed a stroller tag but the gate agent didn't have any (that was a first for me) so he sent us from our gate (D25) to D26 to get a tag but D26 didn't have an agent at the counter so we went back and just boarded without one and had someone tag it in the jetway. I can't remember the last time I arrived at an airport 2 hours before a flight on a domestic trip, but let me say this, even during what appeared to be a "slow" time at LAS, you WILL need every bit of that extra time. We would have had time for a sit down dinner at Beaches in PDX if we had arrived there 2 hours in advance...for you more frequent AS LAS flyers, is AS at LAS always this bad??

eponymous_coward Dec 22, 10 3:19 am

Depends. I've boarded flights when arriving less than 40 minutes before departure (no luggage, but the airport checkin had to let the gate know I was on the way). But I fly through McCarran a ton; I could probably sleepwalk to D26.

LAStoFAI Dec 22, 10 3:41 am

When it's bad, it's really bad. Was forced to leave on a Sunday morning one time and security was close to an hour and a half.

Usually take off when I know it's slow. Left on the 15th this month on the 1:10 flight and arrived at the airport at 12:15, checked a bag, and was at the gate 40 min before boarding as they were starting.

It's a city where you have most of the people are arriving and leaving on a few number of days. Leave when a convention ends or on Sunday and you are screwed, leave when a convention is starting or on a Saturday afternoon and it's one of the quickest major airports in the country.

ctporter Dec 22, 10 12:09 pm


Originally Posted by LAStoFAI (Post 15501717)
When it's bad, it's really bad. Was forced to leave on a Sunday morning one time and security was close to an hour and a half.

Usually take off when I know it's slow. Left on the 15th this month on the 1:10 flight and arrived at the airport at 12:15, checked a bag, and was at the gate 40 min before boarding as they were starting.

It's a city where you have most of the people are arriving and leaving on a few number of days. Leave when a convention ends or on Sunday and you are screwed, leave when a convention is starting or on a Saturday afternoon and it's one of the quickest major airports in the country.

Yikes :/ I have a quick fly in and fly out on Monday the 27th to LAS. Is my return flight on Monday evening (6:55PM) considered a busy time, such that I should plan on arriving no later than 5:00 for the return?
CTP

PDXPremier Dec 22, 10 12:36 pm

It would help if there were more than 2 agents at the counter....it's a good thing we didn't wait in the MVP/MVP Gold line because we would still be there.

Emeraldcity Dec 22, 10 12:46 pm

LAS is always a tough airport. Whenever I fly out I always allow 2 hours. If I get through everything quickly, great, if not, then I have at least allowed the time.

keltenison Dec 22, 10 1:21 pm

Sometimes it's taken me MUCH longer than anticipated to reach my gate.... now if they would just remove all those damn tempting, conveniently-placed slot machines on the way to my gate... i would always be on time, :D

LAStoFAI Dec 22, 10 1:36 pm


Originally Posted by ctporter (Post 15504428)
Yikes :/ I have a quick fly in and fly out on Monday the 27th to LAS. Is my return flight on Monday evening (6:55PM) considered a busy time, such that I should plan on arriving no later than 5:00 for the return?
CTP

That shouldn't be a busy time for security because not many of the flights heading east would be leaving then. Probably one of the slowest times of the day.

hgdf Dec 22, 10 2:29 pm

It seems like every time I get in the MVP/F line in LAS the one agent manning it is always invariably tied up with dealing with some huge family who with at least 20 bags to check along with other complicated logistical issues to discuss. Worse, the agents working the regular queue tend to just ignore the people standing the the priority line.

lKTyS7UPY Dec 22, 10 4:34 pm


Originally Posted by LAStoFAI (Post 15505192)
That shouldn't be a busy time for security because not many of the flights heading east would be leaving then. Probably one of the slowest times of the day.

As one data-point, around that time Monday this week security took 15-20 minutes even after both of us opted out of the NoS and had to wait at least 5 minutes for a pat-down smurf to arrive.

ctporter Dec 22, 10 6:13 pm


Originally Posted by lKTyS7UPY (Post 15506550)
As one data-point, around that time Monday this week security took 15-20 minutes even after both of us opted out of the NoS and had to wait at least 5 minutes for a pat-down smurf to arrive.

Good to hear that time of night should not be too time consuming. I should be able to avoid slow check in lines by carrying my tools on and printing up the boarding pass before I leave. Thanks

CTP

CDKing Dec 22, 10 6:24 pm

Its that bad during dead week? Maybe its just AS. On Monday i flew out of Vegas on CO in the morning 2 hours in advance and i ended up spending 90 min of it at the gate

PDXPremier Dec 22, 10 7:46 pm


Originally Posted by CDKing (Post 15507103)
Its that bad during dead week? Maybe its just AS. On Monday i flew out of Vegas on CO in the morning 2 hours in advance and i ended up spending 90 min of it at the gate

I'm sure CO has agents actually working the elite line :)

CDKing Dec 22, 10 7:48 pm


Originally Posted by PDXPremier (Post 15507514)
I'm sure CO has agents actually working the elite line :)

I was the only one in the elite line and yes there was an agent there. Also C/D gate security line was short for everyone, elite or general passenger

beckoa Dec 23, 10 2:19 am


Originally Posted by CDKing (Post 15507524)
I was the only one in the elite line and yes there was an agent there. Also C/D gate security line was short for everyone, elite or general passenger

...you weren't waiting in the CO PC :confused:


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