We enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing week in Buenos Aires, but when it came time to get to the airport and head back to New York, boy oh boy - were we SO glad that we came 3 hours early. Here's why:
There were so many queues we had to go through to get to our final destination (the departure gate). First, the line to check in our bags. Then another line to pay airport taxes - 15 American dollars, I think. (PS- I'd never seen that mentioned in any travel books but maybe I wasn't paying attention). We also wanted to exchange our pesos back to dollars...so another line there. (There were money exchange establishments in the city, but they were not exchanging for American dollars on the weekend for some reason...only Monday through Friday). Then another line for passport control/customs. Then security. Then! when we finally got to the gate, we actually had to go through yet another security line where airport authorities individually searched each and every carry-on of each and every traveler. (We did think they were a little lax in the first security go-round, so it made sense. What did NOT make sense was that they didn't just do it all in one shot.) Also, I purchased some water at a kiosk right next to our gate and was not allowed to bring it on board - much to my dismay. I was so thirsty at that point. I know everyone's paranoid about airport security, but really- I purchased it within spitting distance of the security people at the gate. At that point, it was beyond annoying. And no one even "caught" the lighter in my coat pocket. Huh?
Anyway, bottom line, for international flights, there are a lot of lines to get through, so make sure you give yourself ample time at the airport. This could just have been specific to it being a Saturday evening and American Airlines....who knows? But I felt it was worth mentioning.
The trip was great. The EZE airport = muy stressful. :)