Post # 1
Okay so this is a random question… but when you drive someone to the airport, do you generally just drop them off? (Assuming the person is an adult)
I’m asking because my husband and I were visiting his family this weekend and had (what we thought) was a weird experience. His sister needed to go to the airport and his parents wanted us to go with them. So we go… but we get to the airport and rather than going up to the departures area and dropping her off, his dad parked the car in the parking lot then all four of us had to follow her in and wait while she printed her ticket from the kiosk, then walk her over to the gate so she could check her bag, then walk her to security. She is 28 (and of sound mind). The whole time my husband and I are exchanging glances like…. wtf. Why are we wasting all this time following her around when she doesn’t need our help?? We thought it was super strange.
So I’m curious… if you’re dropping someone off at the airport… do you drop them off at the departures area? Or do you park the car and walk them in before saying goodbye?
Post # 3
I’ve always just dropped them off at the departure area (not paid for parking) since that is what they prefer.
Post # 4
We used to go inside and wait at the gate, but there is no point now that you can’t go passed security.
Post # 5
@JoJo Bananas: Exactly.
I used to go and sit with fam or friends if they were flying by themselves. Get a coffee and chit chat. However, now that you can’t really spend more than 10 minutes with them. What’s the point? Why pay the parking fee? I just drop them off and leave.
Post # 6
Honestly, it depends on who it is and how long it’s going to be until I see them again. With family, I only see them maybe once a year, so I’ll squeeze every last drop out of that visit. But if it’s someone local, and I’ll see them in a week, just a drop off is fine.
Post # 7
It really depends on who it is an how long they’re going for. If it’s just for a week that they’re going or it’s not someone close then drop them off at the drop off point. If it’s a close family member and they’re going for months then I’ll be with them until they go through the security check.
Post # 8
When it is family we go in, unless it was discussed for some reason and the person leaving said it was ok not to. If it is just a friend we just drop them off.
Post # 9
It would depend on who it was. If I were to drop Fiance off, I’d probably tag along until security but if it was like a friend or something, they’d get left at the curb.
Post # 10
@JoJo Bananas: right. i mean that would make slightly more sense…. although i would still argue that if your son/DIL who you see a total of maybe 4-5 days/year are in town for 36 hours and you’re taking your daughter who has been in town for 2 weeks to the airport… that is maybe not the best use of your time together….. 🙂 But yea… not the case. As we were driving away though his dad was commenting how he doesn’t like how you can’t wait at the gate anymore and my husband and i just looked at each other like like… omg thank god. haha.
Post # 11
ok it took me a long time to type that last response… i’m really surprised by how many people say that they would go in! I mean I guess if it was Darling Husband and it was going to be like 3 months until I saw him again I would probably go in…. but that’s about it. Following someone around is not quality time to me. I’d never even really heard of/thought about people doing that now that you can’t go to the gate.
Post # 12
If I have to brave the traffic at the airport, I am dropping your rear at the door. No bloody way would I want to wait around for all the ticketing bs and then go through trying to get out if the parking area. No freaking way.
Post # 12
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At our airport, the parking lot is really far away. You have to park and then take a shuttle over to the actual terminal, so it’s a huge hassle to walk someone to security. Fiance will usually come in and get me to security, but he usually just doesn’t want to see me go. 🙂
Post # 13
When I was in college I was in an LDR and when we would bring eachother to the airport we would go in, cuz it would be months till we would would see eachother again. Other than that, hell freaking no. And to be quite best I prefer just being dropped off, that way I can throw on my ipod and be on my way!
Post # 14
Since going inside is so rare for me, I voted that I just drop them off, btw
Post # 15
When Darling Husband and I were long distance, we would always go in with each other and wait until the last possible second to say goodbye. It was nice when I was the one leaving as in Australia, security isn’t as strict and non-passengers can go to the gate for domestic flights. I usually had a domestic flight before my international flight to the US so he always accompanied me to my gate.
Going the other way, I would go in with him as of course you have to check in for international flights ages early and then we’d sit together until the last possible second for him to go through security.
Other than that though, no, I don’t go in with people. Drop and run is my preferred method of airport travel! 🙂