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Lima airport warnings

I recently returned home to Philadelphia from two weeks in Peru. The airport in Lima is awful. Be forewarned.

The entire system needs to be overhauled.

My companion and I arrived at the airport and STOOD in line for THREE HOURS to check ourselves and our bags in at the AA counter. We had been advised that our plane was going to be late taking off. It was supposed to take off at 10:40 PM and eventually took off at 5AM the next morning. We never found that out officially until we checked in. We heard rumors from the other people in that long line, but nothing concrete was ever relayed to the masses standing and waiting.

It seemed that each person who checked in took 10 minutes to process. Part of the process was the many security questions that were asked, the rebooking, the checking of bags.

There were no airport personnel facilitating the process. There was no one going along the lines telling passengers what was going on.

There was no information on the board except that the plane was delayed. The runway was closed from 2AM to 5AM so no planes departed in that time. I never did understand if that was the normal procedure, or just special that night.

There are no bathrooms in the area where you stand in line. You have to exit past security to get to one. To get back to the line you have to go around the outside of the building and in through security unless the guard kindly lets you back in through the exit.

Good thing I had a friend with me so we could take turns sitting down, getting a drink and using the facilities.

When you go to the upper level you find stores and fast food. You can hang out there or go through security to get to the gate area where we were told there were more stores and restaurants.

We went through security to the gate area. They looked at our passports and screened us and our bags and we had to get rid of excess liquids.

More stores and more food in that secured area. We went to buy water and last minute gifts of hot sauce. When we went to pay, the cashier informed us you could not take water or liquids onto the plane.

Why? Because in its wisdom the Lima airport system has you go thru another secure check in just before you board the plane and you are limited to the 3oz/plastic baggie rule.

Great! A 5.5 hour flight and no water to drink!,

Of course if you buy liquor in the duty free shop, they arrange to put that on the plane for you.

The experience was so awful that it made me feel I will never want to return to Peru.

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Thanks for the warning. Will have to make sure I get to the Airport a little bit earlier than perviously planned.

However, the liquid thing isn't that uncommon for flights going to and from 'first world' countries. I live in Australia and the rule here is that you can't take any liquids, gels or aerosols, though security, in a container more than 100ml (approx 3.5oz), . once your through though you can fill up a empty water bottle.

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According to Wikapedia, Lima airport won best airport in south america, and best airport lounge awards in 2010.

I never noticed any problems whatsoever with Lima airport, and i am a 'moaner'. Not meaning to discredit Toby, but his problem lies with American Airlines, and not Lima Airport. I have always found that checking in was pretty quick and painless, and have never been without water in the many times i have used Lima airport. The only issue i ever had was with duty free selling me rum on the basis that i could take it on carry on luggage, despite mentioning that i was changing over at madrid airport to london. They said no problem whatsoever-they were wrong, Grrrr!

Needless to say that i was extremely peeved when customs told me that i couldn't carry it in a plastic bag to london and had to get rid of it. I tried almost giving it away, but ended up pouring 90% of it down Madrid airports sink. Ahhhh, Tell me about it!

Edited: 2:33 am, July 13, 2013
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Actually your post is about the bad services you were provided by AA, nothing to do with Lima Airport.

If you fly any other airline you will not have the problems you are mentioning, specially the extra security check before you board the plane.

AA was supposed to keep their passengers informed about their flight delay, not the airport.

For many years now I have avoided flying with AA for many of the reasons mentioned in your post.

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I have to agree with most posters here. Your problem is an airline problem and not an airport problem. You should complain to the airline.

It's quite common that you are not allowed to take any liquids into the plane, especially when on your way to the US. Surely not the fault of the airport rather the regulations that are coming from the US. So probably complain to the government there.

And please give me a break. The check-in area at Jorge Chavez is compared to other airports a joke, so small and neat. The next toilet is just a few steps away to the left between the check-in area and the international arrival area. And even if it's true that you were asked to leave the building to get to the secure check-in area again after your visit to the toilets, it surely doesn't take longer than 1 minutes.

So not sure why you are bashing Lima Airport that badly. I can understand that you had a very bad experience, but you should blame the right ones for that.

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I agree it can get ridiculous because they have so many flights leaving at once. It really depends on your flight time.

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Flew out of Lima on July 18 with no problems on Iberia. Must be AA

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Totally agree, Lima airport is really badly design, the staffs are very unhelpful and don't speak english, the signs are not clear and they don't have clear announcement. The airport has a stupid system of entrance and exit, once you exit the check in area you then have to go outside the airport and enter again from another door, the domestic flight and international flights are all in the same building, not many screens are avialable to see the gates and check in desk information.

When we were there waiting, suddenly the whole airport needs to be evacuated, police and firemen were in the building asking everyone to leave in spanish...all the non spanish speakers like me were very confused and lost, it took a good 10 minutes for everyone to get out of the building, until this day I still don't know what happened, I heard from other people there could have been a fire or earthquake, but there was no announcement in the airport at all....

I expect much much much more from the internaltional airport from the capital of a country!!!

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I have flown Continental/United and Taca from/to Lima. Taca had weather delays and didn't communicate. A guy went nuts on the plane and flight staff ignored him. BUT--they had the ticketing and check in streamlined. United changed the baggage policy while I was in South America and did the carry-on-baggage-check at boarding. It took me maybe 3 hours to check in the last time I flew United. I really wished that I could have spent that precious time with my family in line with me.

I was impressed greatly by the response in the Lima airport to a very creepy situation. On a direct flight from Houston to Lima, I was seated next to a Japanese traveler who was masturbating under his blanket several times during the flight. I was grossed out, but hey--whatever as long as you don't bother anybody. I ignored him mostly but realized about halfway through that he was only doing it while the infant across from the aisle was crying. He'd stare in her direction and go at it. I was horrified and told him to stop. I threatened to take video and he did stop. When the plane doors opened, he had his backpack on and was out the door in a flash.

I went to the captain who listened to my complaint, made a couple of phone calls, and then told me that if I ever see anything unacceptable again, to alert the staff immediately.

When I got downstairs to my then-fiance, he told me about some Japanese guy that was running through the airport with a red backpack. The security tackled him and cuffed him and dragged him out. My fiance thought it was all entertaining while waiting for me to exit from my flight. I can only guess that the guy had a laptop full of kiddie porn in his backpack.

I, personally, am very appreciative of the quick response to a serious complaint. Waiting around forever is part of traveling, especially in South America. Lack of communication while waiting was experienced by us several times--I just made sure to always have a book with me. As far as drinks, I didn't find them to be pricey enough to worry about in that airport.

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Try the departure loung from Detroit Metro airport. The nearest bathroom is in the arrival area two floors down and many hundreds of yards away. US airports are no better.

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