I have seen my fair share of belligerent travelers that ask for cuts in the security line because their flight is boarding. They don't even get their tickets ripped up.
I've personally walked straight from security right into the airplane (last man on before doors shut) more times than I care to remember.
Dallas kinda stinks too because it's so spread out. Might take you 25 minutes just to get to your gate after security. Say security takes you 25 minutes, you're going to miss your flight more than likely.
They won't tear up your ticket and make you buy a new one in my experience. They'll just put you on standby for a later flight, maybe connecting differently or something.
This is what my aunt had said. They are trying to stick to the 2 hr window that they have posted on their website. I do not know what airlines she was through, but if true wanted to make people aware of it.
Maybe it has to do with the incident in Detroit???
If you're concerned about how soon to arrive at the airport, check the airport's website http://www.dsmairport.com/ . They'll provide recommended arrival time as well as other helpful information. . Also, since you don't fly often, review the website for the airline you are flying.
Getting informed before you fly will help to avoid any costly or inconvenient mistakes. (i.e.….exceeding weight limit on bag to be checked)
Frequent flyer myself out of the DSM airport. I usually allow an hour before the flight to arrive at the airport but given the number of non-frequent fliers this week, I am going to allow more time.
Gate check your bag if you can and you will not have to pay the checked bag fee. Of course if you fly as much as some of us, they waive the fee. I still gate check mine as it seems like the AA has it out for me and tries to lose my luggage.
I normally fly NW, Continental, or Delta. In 100+ flights over 5 years, my luggage has only been lost once between those two.
I would allow yourself a little more time than normal due to volume and the extra security from the attempted terror attack on Christmas. Some large airports are actually telling passengers to get there 4 hours before their flight.
It won't be that bad in Des Moines but just to be safe I would arrive 1-1.5 hours early. That's what we are doing.
Oh the horror stories I could tell you about my flying issues, but we don't have that much bandwidth.
Come early. EARLY. Planes move on their schedule - not yours.
I've gotten through security in Des Moines in as little as 4 minutes - as well as 70 minutes on an early morning packed flight or a time near one of the magical Alligiant flights.
One thing not mentioned here - ONE QUART BAGGIE WITH YOUR LIQUIDS AND GELLS IN BOTTLES THAT HOLD LESS THAN 3 OZ. EACH. No mas!
There is always some jackbutt(s) in line that can't remember to lay the baggie in the conveyor belt box. Or, can't seem to get their laptop out of the bag like they're supposed to. Or have more electronic gear buried under a over-packed bag. Or have 90 different metal objects attached to their body and can't remember them all, so they removed them one at a time, only after the metal detector repeatedly goes off a million times. Or, don't bother to start rummaging for their picture ID until they're next in line, and then they can't find it. Don't be that guy. Don't.
One of the advantanges of flying out of DSM is the small size of the airport which generally lends itself to to shorter lines/congestion. Do you really have good reason to encourage anyone to arrive at DSM airport more than 90 minutes B4 scheduled flight time? I guess you didn't specify what you meant by "EARLY", so maybe that would be helpful to hear.
Has anyone here flown out of Rockford?
The worst I've ever seen at DSM was maybe 15 mins. That was with 1 line open and a bunch of pilots/crew were allowed to cut in line right before me.
Hmmm, if they tore up my ticket I would just print a new one at the kiosk... problem solved. Also, they do tear up your ticket if they give you a new standby ticket for another flight, but you don't have to pay for a whole new flight. If anything, they will get you for like a $50 change fee.