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Accept the airline knows what it's doing or be concerned?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Mr. Brownestone, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Mr. Brownestone

    Mr. Brownestone Tourist

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    Checked in for my Delta flight this morning for tomorrow morning and notice that my first flight is scheduled to land in Atlanta at 7:25 and I change planes. That flight to Vegas boards at 7:30. I'll have 5 minutes to deboard the first plane and find the gate for the next plane.

    That seems like a small window. I don't fly often so maybe this is standard, but to say I'm currently concerned is an understatement. Anyone experience a plane change with that kind of short window?
     
  2. 93 Octane

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    You should be concerned considering it takes 20-25 minutes from touch down to fully de-planing. I'd change flights.
     
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  3. Jslabonte

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    Don't do it.
     
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  4. queuetee

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    Was this a change or did you book it this way?? That will not work at all.
     
  5. emmas

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    Never assume that the airlines know what they're doing -- they don't. You need to call.
     
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    small piece of information I almost missed.... it said BOARDING starts at 7:30. They usually print at least 30 minutes for that, sometimes more.

    Just looked, the early flight leaves ATL at 8:10am

    So, it is tight, but not impossible. I would not have booked a connection that tight unless I was sitting towards the front of the plane. I have done it many times though - probably connected in Atlanta 300+ times.

    And, I am 99% sure that Delta would not issue a ticket with less than 30 minutes connection in ATL.
     
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  7. ChilliPalmer

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    At the gate for first flight ask to be near the front of the plane. Know you're gate for next flight. If first flight is on time you will be fine. If it's not they will rebook you.
     
  8. Mr. Brownestone

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    I went ahead and rebooked for the 9:53 flight. I should have been more clear, it is a 35 minute connection time. The 5 minutes was from landing to boarding. Not being familiar with ATL I didn't want to risk it. The extra hour and 45 mins is good piece of mind for me.

    I booked the flight originally so it's my fault. It's been my recent experience that from landing to actually getting off the plane it's always 20-25 minutes and that's just too tight a window for me.

    Thank you all for the replies.
     
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  9. mjames1229

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    Also, barring a delay on the inbound flight, your flight should arrive before 7:25 (the airlines give themselves a wide window so that "on time" rates can be marketed).

    Though Atlanta is a very big airport, you should have enough time to go from gate to gate - provided you make your potty break quick and you don't take a coffee break.

    Mention this to your flight attendant on your first flight. They can alert the crew of the second flight that you're on the way.
     
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  10. Chuck2009x

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    Airlines are not supposed to book an itinerary with a connection unless they reasonably expect you can make it.

    Most flight arrival times are padded, not specifically for this reason, but just so that expectations of arriving on time are satisfied.

    I don't fly that much, mostly just to Vegas, but usually with a connection, and 90% of my flights land about 15 - 20 mins "early." I think the shortest connection time between arrival and departure I ever had was 35 mins (didn't love it).

    As long as your first flight pushes off on time, you should be OK.
     
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    MCT (minimum connection time) for Delta domestic connections at Atlanta is 35 minutes (unless your plane is one of the larger configured for international travel, when the MCT goes up to 50 minutes.)

    I'm not saying I love that short a connection (we fly Atlanta/Delta for most of our flights) but it's doable and Delta sells it that way expecting to be able to make those connections.....
     
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    Airlines know people are connecting, assuming you land on time, they would likely tell you to hurry and notify the second plane to hold the gate open until you arrive. As others have said, they have extra time padded into the schedule and early morning flights will likely not be delayed.
     
  13. Mr. Brownestone

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    Appreciate the replies. LIke I said above I went ahead and rebooked a flight two hours later. I live with the additional layover and feel like a fool when I arrive in plenty of time to make the original flight, I just really don't want to sweat it.
     
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  14. 93 Octane

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    Agree with your thinking, there's no need to be stressed the fuck out from wakeup alarm to making your connection. Now you can relax and enjoy your breakfast and flight.
     
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    Lesson learned on this one. Made it to the gate just as the flight I first scheduled was boarding, it's full so now I'm waiting for the one I rescheduled to for 1:45. I'm still not really upset about the decision as I would have been sweating it the whole way from yesterday morning right through landing in Atlanta. Peace of mind, in this case, is worth the wait to me.

    Live and learn.
     
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    I honestly think you worried too much on this one, this kind of thing happens all day long, sounds like you had 20-25 min of cushion(time from when boarding begins to door closure).
     
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    Seriously? The OP stated his plane landed 5 minutes before his connection started boarding. Considering 20 minutes to de-plane then having to tram through ATL then run to god knows where plus he doesn't know his way around the massive airport. This scenario ends badly for a lot of travelers
     
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    Add to this the fact that flights into ATL frequently run late!
     
  19. queuetee

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    and ATL is a huge airport
     
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    And if you happen to have checked luggage with that short a turnaround, you might very well arrive in Vegas before your luggage. I've had a few bad experiences changing planes in Atlanta so I avoid it whenever possible.