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Today at the airport #309063
11/18/2023 10:15 AM
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Anyone here leaving or arriving today? Juliana posted a PSA on their website today, advising people to arrive 'early' who are leaving SXM today. I assume they mean at least FOUR hours early?? Best wishes, anyone traveling this weekend!


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Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309065
11/18/2023 11:26 AM
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Supposedly Delta emailed a passenger who was departing today (or soon) and indicated 4 hours prior to departure. I saw it mentioned elsewhere that 5 hours prior to departure was suggested.


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Re: Today at the airport [Re: ruralcarrier] #309066
11/18/2023 11:34 AM
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Honestly, why 5 hours prior to departure, if the check in counters aren't even open yet? Don't you have to go to the counter to check bags, regardless of whether you have checked in online? People were reporting the past couple of days, that check in counters weren't even open until three hours before and sometimes not even then! But of course, it would make too much sense to get the check in counters open earlier.. Anyone going the next couple of weeks should make sure you take food with you, as there appear to be very few food options available as of now.


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309067
11/18/2023 11:43 AM
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Back in the day, you could check in early, drop bags and then return. You do have to go to the counter to check a bag and to check in as well. I guess maybe the 4-5 hour arrival thing is to get in line early in hope of moving through the chaos once the counters open.


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Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309070
11/18/2023 12:34 PM
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I’m thinking until this is resolved may be easier to fly to AXA and ferry over!! Or fly into Grand Case!!

Re: Today at the airport [Re: kim] #309071
11/18/2023 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by kim
I’m thinking until this is resolved may be easier to fly to AXA and ferry over!! Or fly into Grand Case!!


And flights to AXA have been priced very reasonably! I tried to talk David into doing that again this year, but couldn't.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: ruralcarrier] #309072
11/18/2023 01:00 PM
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Yes, it was so much easier, to be able to drop bags and come back.


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309074
11/18/2023 01:09 PM
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If everyone gets there 4-5 hours early, where will they be able to stand ?

Re: Today at the airport [Re: WLE] #309075
11/18/2023 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by WLE
If everyone gets there 4-5 hours early, where will they be able to stand ?

That would be a good question to ask on the PJIA facebook page. Good luck on getting a response, especially one that might make sense.

PJIA

Posted just 35 minutes ago :

Here now. Arrived 5 hours in advance per guidance. Airlines won't allow people to check their bags till 3 or 4 hours in advance...so factor that into the fun. And yes the lines for security are massive. Stretching outside the building at times.


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Re: Today at the airport [Re: ruralcarrier] #309076
11/18/2023 01:48 PM
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Lines for security LEAVING outside the building.?


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309077
11/18/2023 01:59 PM
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This is getting insane. Couple this with getting connections next weekend during peak travel times for Thanksgiving weekend will be a nightmare.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: ruralcarrier] #309078
11/18/2023 02:09 PM
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There was nowhere to sit Thursday.
It started out okay then everything started breaking down.
Being in the lower section, since our plane was delayed for 2 1/2 hours and lost the opportunity to
use the new bridge for boarding, got very hot, busy and crowded.

Had to go upstairs to the new section for Dominos food and water. If you were in a wheelchair, this was a problem.
They should bring water for the people there.

It was tough on the employees, since it wasn't their fault.

We were in the airport over 5 hours, since JetBlue wanted you to arrive at the same time, even though there wasn't going to be a plane there.
They switched all the seats on the new plane and instead of having the courtesy to put people in their same seats, since the plane was empty, they
were concerned that someone didn't pay enough for that seat, now that it was a different plane!!
Getting on early didn't happen for those in a wheelchair after they exited the Bus.
Calling JetBlue didn't make a difference at all.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309079
11/18/2023 02:12 PM
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I am flying first class on Delta with miles. I know I’ll get priority in the Delta line but does SXM give priority to first class passengers in the security line? I only ask because Paris CDG gave it to us this summer and I don’t remember from last visit to SXM in 2016.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309080
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No priority security line at SXM

Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309081
11/18/2023 02:22 PM
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We arrive one month from today. Is there any reason to be optimistic this will be resolved by then? What has gone so wrong to cause the lines and delays?

Re: Today at the airport [Re: The_Lurker] #309085
11/18/2023 03:46 PM
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Terri--doesn't sound good, but I guess you at least arrived home safely. Hopefully for your next trip, everything will be in order.


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309086
11/18/2023 03:58 PM
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Carol, I’m mostly disappointed with JetBlue.
The employees of the airport did their best.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: dvesc] #309087
11/18/2023 04:22 PM
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Who knows?


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Re: Today at the airport [Re: The_Lurker] #309090
11/18/2023 06:31 PM
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Terri--did you know why your flight was delayed?

You might want to write a concise letter to Jet Blue with specific complaints. Hopefully they will give you a flight voucher or some miles. Better than nothing.


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309093
11/18/2023 06:43 PM
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Last Saturday 11/11/2$ our departure was 4:20 pm. We arrived @ JB confer and were refused check in as “ Staff was worn
King over 21 days straight”. No help and “ no available cartage for luggage ahead of NY JFK Flight ahead. Of us “. The facility is a S it Show. Feel the pain if Employees's. Waited 1 hr and checked in. Through all ck points in 45 minutes to arrive to a cattle show humid hot waiting area full of people. We are Assessing next November trip. Go Early to avoid Anxiety IMHO.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: jollymonsrv] #309096
11/18/2023 06:47 PM
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jollymon--Hopefully things will be a lot better by next November. I hope.


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: ruralcarrier] #309107
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OHHHYEAH! Those were the days!! We use to do that when ever we could. So convenient!!! Now it sounds like you need a sleeping bag for the day before??? SMH!!


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Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309188
11/20/2023 04:29 PM
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Dropped family off at PJIA today for their flight home. Dropped them off at the front of the airport at 1:58pm SXM time and they were seated at their gate at 2:37pm. They had a checked bag and did online check-in. 39 minutes from drop-off to being at the gate. Their words, "the whole process was a breeze".


Be Happy! Simply because you deserve to be. 😁
Re: Today at the airport [Re: bdeeley] #309189
11/20/2023 04:35 PM
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Good for them!


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Exactly


Be Happy! Simply because you deserve to be. 😁
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309231
11/21/2023 01:29 PM
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Arrived yesterday at 130pm on time on United from Newark. Had checked bags and wheel chair assist. We were in our rental car before 2pm. Thank you United and Leslie Bruce. Just lucky no other flights around that time. Temp baggage area is so small..

Re: Today at the airport [Re: davidandsusannj] #309232
11/21/2023 01:32 PM
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Good for you, with wheelchair assist. Those folks really do a great job.


Carol Hill
Re: Today at the airport [Re: Carol_Hill] #309257
11/21/2023 11:52 PM
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Left Grand Case for PJIA today at 12:36, about 30 minutes to the airport, through screening and at the gate at 1:26 so it can work (carry on bags only which obviously helps. Boarded via jet bridge at A3, luckily because it was raining hard. Only a few concessions open so far but work in progress on more by the looks of it.
Staff at PJIA e-gates and screening all seemed a lot more friendly than here at YYZ where I'm writing this.
Didn't see how things were going at arrivals but I fear some pax would have had wet start to their SXM vacation...
Dave.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: CYOWDave] #309261
11/22/2023 07:37 AM
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That's a good point. What happens to the people in group #3 (two aircraft ahead of them for arrival) when it is a long storm going on.? Are they under cover or subject to the weather?

Re: Today at the airport [Re: davidandsusannj] #309269
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Thanks Folks and do enjoy your vacation.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: CYOWDave] #309272
11/22/2023 09:53 AM
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Dave--That sounds like an improvement as far as time, for sure. So the e-gates were finally working? Good deal.


Carol Hill
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Yes, both the boarding pass scanners and the passport scanners were working - this despite an email from PJIA earlier in the day advising pax to arrive early due to "technical issues" at the airport.
Dave.

Re: Today at the airport [Re: CYOWDave] #309282
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Good news.


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