Update, 6/4: El Al is now allowing the use of self check-in/bag drop lines at Ben Gurion. DDF member tavster went to check them out and reports that they have their own pre-checkin security line, which is as fast, or even faster than the airline’s business class line!
If you try it out, let us know how it goes!
Update, 3/28: As of today, business and first class passengers flying internationally from TLV’s Terminal 3 can use the VIP pre-checkin security line located on the ground level near door 1, without any additional charge.
Since COVID, expedited pre-checkin security lines have only been available to El Al business class passengers or for passengers paying for VIP service. El Al business class passengers can continue using the premium line found near El Al checkin.
If you use the new VIP line or the bag drop, share your experience in the comments!
Originally posted on 3/26:
Flying out of Natbag, or Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, is always a chore.
After returning your rental car (and probably getting dinged for scratches that you hope your credit card insurance will cover) there are seemingly endless lengthy lines to wait in. Those include security before checkin, to checkin, to dropping off oversized bags (which include regular duffel bags that aren’t oversized in any other airport in the world), to customs (heaven help if you have a stroller and can’t use the automated gates or if you lost your entry visa slips), to security, and more. And don’t forget multiple VAT lines if you bought anything that comes with a tax refund. It all takes a good amount of time and patience.
But with Natbag expecting record passenger numbers over the coming days before Pesach, a new self checkin option with bag drop is being introduced if you’re flying on Air Canada, Austrian, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Lufthansa, Swiss, or United. You’ll find the new self checkin kiosks on the 3rd floor of Terminal 3 at area B. You’ll still have to wait in some lines, but the airport says it will save passengers significant time over the regular lines.
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Have you tried out the bag drop service yet at Natbag? If you use it over the coming days, share your experience in the comments!