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  1. billycorgan

    billycorgan Original Member

    Hello, I am poster from FT that was invited over here. Looks like a good site.

    Unfortunately I am going to be forced to fly out of MCO in about a week. I was wondering if anyone is familiar with that airport and which checkpoint/lines I can get in to self select out of the AIT machines.

    Thanks
     
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  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Welcome to TUG, billycorgan!

    While I'm not familiar with MCO myself, we have a lot of frequent flyers who will most likely be able to lend a hand.

    Glad you decided to join us, and I hope you enjoy your stay.
     
  3. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Welcome Underground, billycorgan!

    Hopefully your travels remain unmolested.
     
  4. NotaCriminal

    NotaCriminal Original Member

    I flew through MCO on June 10th, flying WN out of the concourse servicing Gates 100-129. I stayed to the far left, which was a WTMD line. I can't say anything about the other concourses, though.
     
  5. billycorgan

    billycorgan Original Member

    Great can i go through that line and take a tram or something to my southwest airline gate?
     
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Welcome!
    Love your music. And these are good folks at TUG!
     
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  7. NotaCriminal

    NotaCriminal Original Member

    MCO is set up with four spokes, two on each end. There is one security check point for each end. When I flew out last month, there were at least 10 lines (it was a zoo), with multiple backscatter machines (at least two, but I thought there were three). I chose the far left line, and went through a WTMD. There are other lines you could feasibly choose to avoid the NOS. Anyway, once you clear security, I took the tram to that particular concourse/set of gates and the other tram went to its own concourse. You couldn't go from the east end to the west end, though. And all I am very certain about is I was able to self-select myself out and pick a WTMD line. I really hope you have the same experience. And I'm sure others may respond as well.

    ETA: Here's the terminal map, in case it helps.
     
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  8. billycorgan

    billycorgan Original Member

    Thanks so much! It looks like southwest flies out of gates 100-129 checkpoint east. Can you confirm that was the same checkpoint, it sounds great that they let you pick your lane. I will definetly stay to the far left.
     
  9. NotaCriminal

    NotaCriminal Original Member

    Yes, that was the same check point. My only remaining piece of advice is just hang back a bit and watch the action before picking your line so you can see if they are doing any "random" selections to thwart those of us trying to get away from the NOS. And get to the airport early if you are flying during a peak time. That airport is nuts! Good luck!
     
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  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    MCO is an absolute zoo.

    Especially if you are on WN, I would budget AT LEAST an hour just to stand in the security line. The check-in lines will also be ridiculously long, so use online check-in and carry on your bag if you can. No joke. I haven't been since cancer boxes were installed, but I imagine it's only gotten worse.

    NotaCriminal's advice is good for any such airport. Just stay to the far left as she has indicated and you should be fine. In all of my experience MCO is self-select lanes once you pass the TDC. You may run into a clerk who wants to make you move. Just ignore them and pretend you didn't hear them. They'll eventually go away.

    And MCO is unique in that there is a main terminal where all of the check-in and "security" are, then you get on a monorail to head to/from your airline's bank of gates. Sadly there usually isn't much back there and if you don't end up needing that full hour you're kind of stuck. We always joke that we're getting in our practice before heading out to WDW. :D

    Good luck! :)
     
  11. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Sorry to derail from the MCO discussion, but...are you THE Billy Corgan? Of Pumpkins fame?
     
  12. billycorgan

    billycorgan Original Member

    No sorry just an alias
     
  13. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Welcome, billycorgan! I have admired your posts on FT...so glad that you decided to join us here. Happy posting! :)
     
  14. billycorgan

    billycorgan Original Member

    Just made it back. Thanks for the information on MCO. However, the far left lane was wheelchair only lane. The 2 backscatter machines were basically to the far left/right with exception to the wheelchair lane being WTMD. We had plenty of time so I observed the checkpoint for a while... very easy to do because it is basically surronded by clear glass. Looked like they were using the backscatter on the left but not the right. So we entered on the right side and funneled our way to the middle where we SDOO in a WTMD lane. I was very grateful as my wife was pregnant and there was no way she was going through the backscatter after what I told her about them. I was fully prepared to video the patdown if we were directed to a backscatter and cause a scene if necessary but thankfully it wasn't.

    I don't know how much use I will be in the future, I have cancelled all future flight trips. I just can't stand the stress of worrying about what might happen at a checkpoint and getting visably upset every time I see a smurf. Sometimes, I wonder if I will be selected for extra screening just based on the death glares I give TSOs
     
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  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You can always help make noise. :) Since my wife's Nov. 1 grope, we have only flown one trip in December (down from ~125K miles apiece annually).
     
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  16. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I wear sunglasses inside the airport, and pretty much don't speak to screeners. That must drive the Behavior Detection voodoo practitioners nuts. :D

    What Mike said! Please stick around. ;)
     
  17. NotaCriminal

    NotaCriminal Original Member

    Thanks for reporting back. Now that I've read your post, I do believe the wheelchair line was what I went through - it was open to all due to the extreme back up. Regardless, as you found, you can scope out your line in advance and I'm glad you two made it through unscathed.

    I completely relate and agree with your second paragraph. I have a trip in 5.5 weeks, and I've been worried about it for quite a while already, but now my anxieties are ratcheting up a bit more. I just found out that the airport I thought I had so carefully selected tries to force incoming international passengers without a connection through TSA screening. I'm still trying to process it, and it adds yet more to the anxiety pile as I will not undergo a screening for simply wanting to go to my car or the hotel shuttle. Nor will I part with my duty free goods. I can't stand it, either.
     

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