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A Spirit Airlines passenger arrived at the departure gate and was headed to San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) two minutes before it was schedule to leave and was surprised to see that the flight was closed. She banged on the door and even used the intercom to call for a manager. Unfortunately, most flights close 15 minutes before departure and you can’t show up minutes before and expect to be on the plane as this passenger learned.
Ain't nobody behind them doors baby. You follow the BOARDING time, not departure 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/it7vg476Lz
— Ichigo Niggasake (@SomaKazima) January 27, 2024
Spirit clearly outlines its boarding policy. It reads:
Please be available for boarding at the gate at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled domestic departure and 30 minutes prior to your international departure or you may lose your reservation.”
Other carriers have similar policies. Flights need time to board and get all passengers settled. You can’t show up moments before the departure time, find the door closed, and think you’re getting on the plane. You’re not. It doesn’t matter how much you bang on the door or have a temper tantrum. It’s not happening.
Anthony’s Take: I always get to the gate about 10 minutes before boarding begins. I don’t check bags and want to make sure my carry-on bag has a space in the overhead bin. Waiting until the last minute isn’t smart and will likely make you miss your flight.
(Featured Image Credit: @SomaKazima via X.)
(H/T: View from the Wing.)
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