Why You Should Get to the Airport Early.

Missing your flight because you get to the airport late is never a great way to start off your vacation or business trip.  

Rule of Thumb

As a general rule, arrive at the airport no later at least an hour and a half before your domestic flight is scheduled to depart.  Arriving an hour and a half in advance gives you time to find the correct place to check in for your flight, wait in line there, check your baggage, wait in the security line and deal with any complications that arise as you go through security.  As well as grab a bite to eat, a cup of coffee or drink and relax.  There are plenty of locations throughout the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Reasons to Arrive Earlier

Consider arriving at the airport more than two hours in advance in some cases. If you do not travel by air frequently and are nervous about the procedures involved, arriving earlier can help ease your mind and give you extra time. The same holds true if you are flying from an unfamiliar airport. If you are flying on a particularly busy day, such as near a four-day weekend or the day before Thanksgiving, arrive earlier to compensate for the potentially longer lines and delays.  It’s better to be there early and relax than be stressed running to your plane.

Checking Flight Status

Your flight may be significantly delayed, meaning it may be safe to arrive at the airport later than you planned. For example, if your noon flight is delayed until 3 p.m., you can get to the airport at 1 p.m. rather than 10 a.m.. Check the flight status online regularly before you leave to find out whether your flight is delayed. Visit our website and check your flight status as well as each airline will have links on their respective sites. 

Other Considerations

Boarding ends well before takeoff. For a 2 p.m. flight, boarding typically closes around 1:40, so you shouldn’t cut it close enough that you are arriving at the gate at 1:55. Also, if you are checking baggage, find out how long before the flight your airline stops accepting checked bags. Check the flight status boards at the airport; if your flight becomes delayed you might have more time to hang out with friends and family at airport before you go through security. When you arrive at the airport, take a look at the security lines. If they are long or moving slowly, get in line as soon as possible rather than killing time before security.

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