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Dear me, I was not totally prepared for this airport and ended up very stressed out The lodge suggested I get to the airport two hours ahead of an international flight. So, we left 3 hours ahead allowing for the horrible roads and traffic (worst I have ever seen anywhere). It did take an hour to get to JKIA. On arrival, you have to get of the car and have your bags scanned. Then you drive to the departure terminal. There, you immediately have to have all the bags scanned again. People didn't realize you have to push your stuff through, so this caused a delay. Then, you can finally go to the bag drop. Then, you have to go to passport control. I spent half an hour in line here. What should have been a simple stamp in the passport was taking forever because they were photoing and fingerprinting everyone. Then, you have to go through security and have the bags scanned yet again. They were also having everyone scanned in those machines. So this took a long time. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for security, but three bag scans does seem excessive. So, I got to the gate 15 minutes before boarding began. Moral of this whole post, make sure you leave lots of time if you are departing from JKIA. Perhaps some of you know this already, but I certainly did not and was freaking out that I might miss my flight.
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