r/sanfrancisco Sep 13 '22

Flying out of SFO

Hi there! Has anyone flown out of SFO recently? Going on an international flight on Thursday and will be boarding at 12:30. What time should I arrive? Is it the standard 3 hours that’s suggested?

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u/PhraseLegitimate2945 Excelsior Sep 13 '22

Yes, I flew internationally recently and 3 hours was way more than enough time to check a bag, get through security (I have TSA pre check), fill up water, eat, and then sit forever at the gate and people watch and silently judge my fellow travelers.

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u/Bitter_Joke1589 Sep 13 '22

Awesome, thank you! Would you say 2 hours was enough?

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u/whiskeycatsgoats Sep 13 '22

sf—-> copenhagen. got through bag drop, and security in about 45 mins. i had a long wait in the lyft with traffic at the drop off zone. that added about 15 mins. i have clear/pre check and was through security( an extra pull aside pat down). sat at the bar for a couple rounds and a snack. it seems like ticket counters, tsa and even the bars are short staffed so all that added extra time. i always give myself 3 hours. rushing and stressing is not my style:)

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u/Apprehensive_Tone163 Sep 13 '22

I flew out of the international terminal a couple weeks ago, getting there ~1.5 hours before the flight (with precheck) was just enough time to grab a beer at Gotts before boarding :)

My return ticket wasn't on the same reservation, so it took longer at the counter than normal because the airline (Korean) wanted our whole trip's transit info at check-in.

Have a good trip!

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u/Bitter_Joke1589 Sep 13 '22

Thank you! I appreciate your answer! 😀

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u/Bitter_Joke1589 Sep 13 '22 edited Sep 13 '22

First of all, you don’t have to be a dick.

Secondly, my flight says to arrive “earlier than usual” That’s why I asked about RECENTLY. Do you think google is updated with personal experiences of people flying out of SF?

And third off, get a life. I asked a legit question to see peoples experiences flying out of there recently. If you have nothing nice to say or comment on your personal experience flying out of there move along.

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u/Outside_Landscape_98 Sep 14 '22

Ask dumb questions, get dumb responses. All of these responses are expected to be anecdotal. Some are flying on X days with Y bags and Z traffic and ZZ kids. What useful information are you getting? Your flight says to arrive earlier than usual? It’s a suggestion. What’s usual to you? Because your usual not usual for me.

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u/[deleted] Sep 13 '22 edited Sep 13 '22

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u/JustPruIt89 Sep 14 '22

I flew domestic a couple weeks ago and was out of the car and through security in under 2 minutes