I turned up at the airport today in what I would consider moderate but not great (since the train was late) time:
- 35 minutes before bag drop-off closed.
- 75 minutes before departure.
To cut a long story short, there was an incredibly long line and only 3 counters open. I was able to squeeze in the priority line and had 3 minutes to spare before the 'bag drop-off deadline'.
There were people behind me who would have been past the deadline. I'm curious what would have happened to them?
- I've heard about boarding being denied for turning up 1 minute late.
- Then again, it's partially the ground staff's fault for being inadequately staffed.
What would have been the likely fate of these passengers?