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.