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LAS C Gate for Southwest.

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by engicedave, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. engicedave

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    No idea if it is always like this, but there was ZERO line at TSA. Not one person at ID check guy, like two people at scanner. It was like first class service, while I could see a big line (as usual) for the D gates.

    Was crazy!

    Now, for reference, this was a Wednesday morning about 9:20am

    But wow....I wasn't even ready to go through scanner, as I had not put my stuff away in my bags. I had to take a minute to organize, get out liquids, put other stuffing backpack...I looked like a rookie!
     
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    Wondering if you went to the side that has C&D gates, where in the old days it was half C and half D, but now is all D gates with one small area for C gates on the right. I go that way almost every time now and sail right thru as well and hop on the tram if I have a low (C1-14) gate number. I almost never go up to the gate-area behind the SWA sky cap anymore... it always crazy there... where they merge the wheel-chair people in with the A-list and grinds things to a halt.
     
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  3. Tammy58

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    Past 2 years we have gone to what I believe is the D/C gate TSA. No line and quick as can be. We like to walk by the shops and going the "right"way has no stores to linger in. Last time I took the "right" C gate security line it was about 400 people long.
     
  4. engicedave

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    It was the same side as D gate first class, but D split off to the left and C went straight ahead
     
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    Smartone/Tammy, enlighten me please. We've only recently had our SWA flights switched to C gates.

    The only way we have been going to C is up the escalator to the left of the SWA counter and follow the signs to C. There is a better way? :confused2:
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    C is rarely ever busy in my experience flying out of Vegas. The most time I've ever waited in TSA line out of 10-15 times is maybe 15 minutes.
     
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    Joe, We began taking the "other" way, just to go by the stores. Instead of going left of the counters go right, up the escalator...meander by the stores and you will see signs to get to the C gates. I only go once/twice a year and so I don't know what the "normal" wait times are at security. I only know what I experienced the past 4 years.
     
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    As I am flying SW for the first time in years, I'm curious about this also. Do both security gates have access to the tram? I've seen the "C" gate security line when I'm standing in line at the "D" gates security, and that line always looks empty.

    Reason I'm asking, is that looking at the interactive map on the airport website, it appears that there are two c gate security areas, but the one with tram access is the one next to the D gates, where you would have to walk past the shops, and then be able to look down on baggage claim as you continue your walk.
     
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    I miss the old days when SW had the "secret" security outside at the end of the building. In the summer it was hotter than hades, but quick.
     
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    No... the main C gates that Joe referenced, which are to the left and up the escalator do not have access to the tram unless you turn left after clearing security and go back up that way for a bit. They are very convenient if your gate is 25, 24, 23 and the like as they come out right by there. Tammy outlined the other gates, which are the original ones and used to be half D and half C. Now there's one small area that is still designated C over there and it's SOOO convenient. The new C gate area, while much, much larger always seems to be businer when I go and the A-list line is merged with the wheel-chair folks after you pass the initial check point. I have nothing against folks in wheel-chairs, but they really slow things down. Keep in mind that if you go the route I'm suggesting and take the tram and have a high gate number, you have to walk back up stream after the tram ends to get to the 20's. The good news about that walk is that area's all been re-done and there's some nice food options and a cool new bar along the way.
     
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    Thank you Smartone. Seems odd that the train has the short line, but it works for me.

    I'd rather walk upstream than stand in line every day and twice on Sunday.
     
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