ATL Morning Check-in Times

 

Old Feb 17, 08, 9:38 pm
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ATL Morning Check-in Times

So I now find myself in a rather nice suite at the ATL Airport Hilton. I'd rather be in PDX.

Nonetheless, the Medallion Desk had guarded a seat for me the next morning. But at the airport, I stopped to check on my luggage and ask them about hotel discounts (I politely declined the discount to the Microtel Inn).

As I was leaving, the agent said, "great. See you by 6am tomorrow." My flight is at 0835 and my bags are already checked through. I'm flying First and SM. Do I really need to be at ATL more than an hour early?

I usually just connect through ATL, but don't originate here often. Is the morning rush really that bad for security? Will First/SM get me through quicker?
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Old Feb 18, 08, 12:12 am
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Morning rush is not that horrible. Granted, Mondays are slightly worse, but with luggage checked, you only need 45-60 min. Kiosk check-ins take literally 1-2 minutes, security might reach 10-15 with First/SM line. You'll be fine if you have an hour.
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Old Feb 18, 08, 6:25 am
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FYI, ATL general security lines this morning are running over an hour long, and the North Medallion line even took 25 minutes to get through. Just a heads up.
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Old Feb 18, 08, 6:30 am
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When I was there last year (no status) on a 7am flight or so, I arrived around 6. Didn't have to check bags, and used kiosk check-in and was in the A CRC by 6:15. I may have used the elite line (not sure -- it wasn't clearly labeled surprisingly), but even so, it still took me less than 15 min. Considering you can definitely use the elite security, an hour should be more than enough.
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