I’m going to be somewhat careful with this post, mostly because I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about how I feel about Spirit Airlines. In that light I’m going to start by saying something positive about them.
Boy, Spirit Airlines sure does a lot of business.
We arrived at Ft. Lauderdale airport two and a half hours before our flight. Honestly, we didn’t do too much research into how long the lines would be so to that end I guess we’re at fault. But even so, this situation seems a bit crazy to us.
It’s important to note before I continue that Spirit Airlines has taken over an entire terminal at this particular airport. So there were ten or so available associates who were checking bags and handing out boarding passes. Even so, the line for checking in went through five levels of serpentine lines (the little ribbons that make you go from one end of the room to the other in a long line) and then out the door and about a hundred yards down the sidewalk.
After all was said and done we were in line for about 2 hours in an area with no air conditioning… nowhere to sit… no sort of refreshments. Needless to say, we weren’t impressed with this aspect of Spirit Airlines. After waiting that long in line we were concerned about getting through security, but things actually turned out fine there and we had just a couple of minutes to grab something to eat and we were ushered onto our plane. But who cares about the rush, we’re flying to the islands!