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Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

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Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

Has anyone here in DM flown out of DMIA recently? We have a 6:20AM flight this Friday, Aug 24. We had planned to arrive at the airport at 5AM. Is that early enough.

thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

Who are you flying with? Will you need to stand in line at the ticket counter or go straight to security?

If you plan to arrive the parking lot at 5am, then no it is not early enough. Will you be parking a car and waiting for the shuttle?

I like to walk in the doors 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours before scheduled flight. I dont like to hurry. But, I would never schedule a 6 am flight.

Remember, the doors to your aircraft may close 20 minutes before flight time.

You are wanting to allow 1 hour 20 minutes. I would recommend 1 hour 30 minutes minimum. That's being inside the airport.

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2. Re: Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

I fly frequently and find the airport to be busiest on those early morning flights. If you arrive at the terminal at 5 a.m. and give yourselves a full 1 hour and 20 mins. to check in, pass through security and be in the gate area 20+ mins. in advance of departure, you should be OK. However, if you're checking a lot of luggage or will be toting a lot of carry on items, you may want to give yourselves another 15 - 20 mins. of wiggle room.

Enjoy your travels!

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3. Re: Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

We are flying American Airlines and we are checking luggage plus 2 carryons, Also, we are being dropped off at the airport so we do not need to park our car. From what you both have said, I believe we will be IN the airport by 4:30 am.

I have heard and read about the long security lines during early morning, weekday flights, so better be safe than sorry. We are using frequent flyer miles so we were at their mercy on flight times.

Thanks to you both.

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4. Re: Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

I had a similar flight time this summer. I only had carry on, arrived 1 hour before the flight and barely made it. The line for checking bags is long and the line for security extends all the way down to the airline counters. I will admit that the security line moves pretty fast, but boy the tension is high among those in line! I endorse getting there early, but you might want to check to see if the airline counters are even open at 4:30 a.m.

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5. Re: Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

I read where the airline counters and security open at 4:15 We are planning to be IN the airport by 4:30 am

Thanks for all your help.

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6. Re: Des Moines Aiport Security Wait Time

American does have a curbside luggage check outside that can speed things up.

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