Orlando International Airport – avoid Fridays!

So we have just returned from our latest trip across the pond.  It was a fabulous trip, great weather.  The only downside was travelling on a Friday both in and out of Orlando International Airport (MCO).

We arrived on Friday 15th April and after a 8+ hour flight across the Atlantic the last thing that you want to hear is a message from the captain that Immigration is full and then we are being held on the aircraft for it to clear.  We were held for 40 minutes before we could disembark and then as you can imagine the immigration hall was not empty!  3 jumbo jets had landed just before us and it was so busy.  The automatic machines were working, however, we had to queue for quite a while in the usual queue before we could get to them and then we were corralled to another holding bay to see a normal immigration officer who took all our finger prints again – very bizarre.

Travelling home on Friday 29th April was unfortunately no better – this time the queues for security checks were the longest I have ever seen, even with the additional desks that they had opened.  Once past the immigration officer, you were then corralled into a theme park style snaking queue (line) which literally took us from one side of the terminal to the other before snaking round to a scanner check.  It was a nightmare and as you can imagine temperatures were rising both because it was 31 degrees outside and because some passengers simply hadn’t allowed 1 hour to get through security.

My advice is to avoid travelling through MCO on a Friday wherever possible.


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