At 8:10 we gathered our items and walked down the stairs to gate 16, which was the gate our flight was departing from. It was 45 minutes before boarding, and we were enjoying The Club at SJC lounge, but Alaska Airlines is a habitual early boarding airline, and we wanted to board the plane early in order to claim our overhead space for carry-ons. A few minutes after arriving at the gate the gate agent announced we would be delayed boarding by 30 minutes. Being next to the lounge we returned to relax for an additional 20 minutes or so. We returned at 8:45am and a few minutes later the boarding process started with First, MVP 75K, MVP and partner airlines and the rest. We boarded as MVP (thanks to Susan) and were among some of the first on board after first class.
We arrived at San Jose International Airport at 6:30am for our 8:55am flight. Susan has MVP status with Alaska Airlines, so check in and baggage drop went quickly. We have flown out of this airport a couple times and have never had much in the way of delays. This time security had long lines, which was understandable, as the attacks in Brussels had occurred the previous day. The TSA PreCheck line ended up taking about 20 minutes, which was better than I thought we would have fared.