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How much time needed at FLL check-in & security?


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How much time should we allow at Hollywood to check bags, go through security & get to the Southwest terminal gates?

 

Is an hour and a half enough from the time we get dropped off?

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Yeah I know every airport is different.

 

Two years ago we waited on a MASSIVE security line at Orlando Intl. It took a good 45-50 mins from the time we entered the queue line until we were putting our shoes back on. Then we had to do the auto-tram thing just to get to the gate. It was cutting it very close.

 

I've been out of FLL before, and at least there's no tram, but I dont remember security too well. I think it only took about 15 mins.

 

We fly out of Islip on Long Island a lot and, depending on the time of day, we love the 0-10 minute security line and the 2 min walk to the gate. Gotta love small airports. ...and the fact that you can leave your shoes on now.

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A lot depends on the amount of ships in port that morning. Remember on Saturday/Sunday you are always dealing with either the Oasis or Allure traffic but if that's all it won't be too bad. If it's Allure, 2 Princess ships, Carnival Freedom, Celebrity something and a HAL ship . . . then yea you need to possibly have more time.

 

In general though, 1.5 hours should be enough time.

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What day and date.

 

Keith

 

And what time of day?

 

My brother flies in and out of FLL on Southwest every 6 weeks or so and he allots a different amount of time depending on when the flight is due to leave: before 8 am - 1 hour; 8 am - 2 pm - 1 1/2 hours; after 2 pm - 1 hour. He hasn't missed a flight yet but has come close -- they pulled folks out of the line. Being nervous, I would probably tack on 15 minutes to each of those times.

 

I like the suggestion to check the number of ships in port too; some winter weekends can be quite the zoo.

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I always allow 90 minutes. One time I got there 80 minutes before flight time and nearly missed my flight. The security line was halfway across the parking garage bridge that day. One time I was taken aside and inspected by a female officer after failing the xray scan test because my bra had metal closure hardware. You just never know.

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I would plan on the 1 1/2 hour side. FLL can get crazy busy. And then you add it people that want to carry 3 or 4 things thru and argue with the agents.

 

I've seen it happen. Added another 10 minutes to the process.

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Agree with those who suggest giving yourself more time. Since you are being dropped off, you are free to be flexible with that, right? I would go with 2+ hours, myself. I would rather be comfortably through security, seated, waiting and not stressed, rather than try to plan for a tight window.

 

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