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JFK: Too Early to Check-In

Too Early to Check In is part of the Iraq Homecoming Trip Report. 


I am paranoid when it comes to transport (see “Tickets, Please, Tickets”: Train Anxiety & Boarding Announcement Paranoia). En route to Warsaw, I had to connect in JFK. I flew JetBlue from San Juan to JFK at 11:50AM with a scheduled arrival at 3:45PM. Despite my 10PM flight, I was still paranoid that disaster would strike and harpoon my RTW itinerary (see 25,000 Mile RTW Trip Including Iraq Booked!). The second worst thing happened: I arrived on time and was informed by the LOT agent that check-in was not open until 6:20PM.

I thought I could sneak in with a mobile boarding pass. That did not work. Instead, I paid $3.26 to run on Dunkin’ and am waiting in another terminal for the gate to open.

a white coffee cup with a lid on a table
How much did I spend on coffee this trip?

TPOL’s Tip: If you arrive too early to JFK, head to Terminal One. At least there is proper seating compared to the 2 high school desks at terminal 7.

a room with a blue seat and a white floor
Waiting to go to the principal’s office.

I will add this to my Travel Lesson page as a reminder that coming early is prudent (see Cutting It Close: Will I Make My JFK-HKG Connection?), but too early is just that: too early.

a group of airplanes on a runway
It’s too inconvenient to leave JFK for the city.
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