Post # 1
Curious if someone you know is flying (be it for business or pleasure) and going without you, but you gave them a drive to the airport
So could be a Parent – BF/SO/Fiance/DH – Friend – or someone else (Neighbour – Work Colleague etc)
Do you park the car at the airport, and give them a hand with their luggage to Check-In and see them off
OR do you just drop em at the door and be on your way ?
Is it different for different people in your life ?
Or different circumstances… they are off on vacation vs a business trip ?
(I put up a Poll for what you do most often… BUT I’d really like to hear what you have to say on the matter)
Post # 3
Anytime I’ve dropped off/picked up aunts/uncles/friends/cousins I just drop them off at the door. My parents always get out and help me with my luggage. I would get out and help FI but I don’t think he’d ever be flying without me lol
Post # 4
I would walk them to their gate and probably wait with them or leave them there. I guess it would depend on the situation but that would be my first instinct.
Post # 5
I usually go in with family, wait until security clearance, sometimes even until take off. With casual friends, i usually help them get their baggage, but do not go in unless it is a major trip for them. Even if i don’t go in i wait a few min so they have chance to call me if they run into problems.
Post # 6
Even when my husband is dropping me off, he leaves me at the curb. We certainly say goodbye, but WHY would he need to come in? WHY would you force someone to pay for parking just to watch you get in line? It makes no sense to me.
Post # 7
@This Time Round: I’m scared I am going to say the wrong thing, lol. What does etiquette tell me I am supposed to do? Answer that first 😀
If it is my siblings, I drop them off and get the hell out of there. I don’t want any of that nonsense with their millions of kids. If it is my parents, I walk in with them to make sure they are okay (they are elderly). If it is my husband leaving for work, I go with him so we can have one last kiss good-bye. I don’t think I have ever (or would ever) do an airport drop off for anyone else. It’s a terrible experience, so I will only suffer for those I love, lol.
Post # 8
@PixelMePretty: So you buy a ticket so you can get by security, just to walk them to the gate?
Post # 9
DH goes on month-long business trips once or twice a year. I go into the airport to pick him up, but I’ve always just dropped him off at the drop-off circle!
Post # 10
@peachacid: No, maybe it’s not the gate? I walk them to the waiting area where they show the ticket to board the plane. I don’t have to buy a ticket.
ETA : And I go with people so they have someone to chat with on the way there, and to help find their area/etc, just to be be nice I guess.
Post # 11
@peachacid: +1 I don’t expect or want anyone to have to pay to see me off. Saying our goodbyes at the curb is more than enough.
Post # 12
@Cory_loves_this_girl: Honestly, if someone wanted to walk me to security, I’d be annoyed. I like to get in and do my thing — get in line, hurry up and wait, get through security, and then hurry up and wait some more.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
It depends. If I’m just dropping my fiance or dad off because they’re flying out for a business trip or to visit family, I just drop them off in front of the Frontier counter at the airport. If I’m taking my best friend to the airport after he’s visited me for awhile, I park the car and walk to security with him to see him off.
Post # 14
It depends on the relationship for the most part. For DH or parents or siblings, I will park and go in. For friends, generally a curb drop off – why pay for parking?
However for airport pickups, I will generally park and go in and wait regardless of who it is (once I’ve waited right outside the door in my car).
Post # 15
In the US you are not able to go to the gate unless you have a ticket. The main point of getting to an airport early here is to get through security so whenever I drop someone off they head straight to security. Since you need a ticket to get through security I don’t see any point of parking (and paying) just to spend one minute with them before they go through security. DH also checks in online so he literally walks 20 feet to the security clearance and then I can no longer be with him. Therefore, I have always dropped him off curbside.
ETA: same for picking him up. I can’t see him until he comes through security so I wait at the curb for him.
Post # 16
@PixelMePretty: Are you in the US? I thought all airports here required a ticket to get through the security clearance. You can’t get to your gate without going through security clearance.