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Airport arrival times in US

Old May 30, 22, 7:13 am
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Airport arrival times in US

When several friends (not necessarily frequent fliers) posted recently that they missed flights due to very long checkin and screening times, I noticed that MCO is recommending 3 hour arrival time before flights. It seems that this started pre COVID, but with staffing issues post pandemic, is this an issue with airports in the US more broadly? Other specific US airports?

In my decades of travel, Iíve always stuck with 1.5 hours without checked bags and 2 hours with checked bags. Is that changing, even if only temporarily? Having just started traveling for work again with multiple family trips planned this summer, travel definitely feels different now, but I could just be out of practice. I know status and precheck help, of course, but would like to get a sense of anything is changing overall.
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Old Jun 17, 22, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by jonu View Post
When several friends (not necessarily frequent fliers) posted recently that they missed flights due to very long checkin and screening times, I noticed that MCO is recommending 3 hour arrival time before flights. It seems that this started pre COVID, but with staffing issues post pandemic, is this an issue with airports in the US more broadly? Other specific US airports?

In my decades of travel, Iíve always stuck with 1.5 hours without checked bags and 2 hours with checked bags. Is that changing, even if only temporarily? Having just started traveling for work again with multiple family trips planned this summer, travel definitely feels different now, but I could just be out of practice. I know status and precheck help, of course, but would like to get a sense of anything is changing overall.
ive flown during Covid. About 6 or so RTs per year.


MCO is an outlier because itís skewed heavy as a tourist destination with families and inexperienced fliers which results in line back ups.

others itís airport dependent. Seattle on Alaska the lines can be long. I add time flying out of there. Iíve gone to the non AS security side to go through there. You also have Seattle as a cruise port so you get the infrequent traveler factor too.

time of day matters. Early before 7 am flightsÖTSA runs inefficiently. Note erroneous starts on time so in small airports youcan have a backlog at security.

i usually shoot for about 2 hrs with checking a bag then add some based on time of day and airport and time of year
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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:23 am
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I am back from an EWR-ORD trip. Times seem normal, but the MCO stories (I know, amateur tourists) and the current AMS situation still concern me. Plus summer. Hopefully, even with COVID labor issues, situations like MCO and AMS remain the exception.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 10:05 pm
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Originally Posted by jonu View Post
I am back from an EWR-ORD trip. Times seem normal, but the MCO stories (I know, amateur tourists) and the current AMS situation still concern me. Plus summer. Hopefully, even with COVID labor issues, situations like MCO and AMS remain the exception.
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