photo via Curitiba tourism board

Little known facts about changing flights in Curitiba, Brazil

photo via Curitiba tourism board

photo via Curitiba tourism board

I was lucky and got a flight deal to Porto Alegre but decided I did not want to stay there and looked for flights to Iguazu Falls instead. I found flights with TAM via Curitiba on the way there and Sao Paulo on the way back.
I checked in at Porto Alegre and then went for a walk around the airport, as I was a little early. I noticed there were a lot of banks and food options, which made me suspect (correctly) that there were not going to be a lot of choices once I was airside. I found some food and a great viewing area of the planes coming in and out. Then it was time for me to make my way to the gate through security. I made sure to finish my drink and empty out my refillable water bottle, as I did not want to be that one person slowing down the line. I saw a guy in front of me with a full bottle and secretly was waiting to see what would happen. As it happens, you get to individually go through security, so we both ended up going through at the same time, as there were three different people who could check us over. There were signs saying what was prohibited, including the usual, like firearms, explosives, etc. However, I noticed there was no signage telling you what you might need to take out of your bag or if you needed to take your shoes off. It was all guesswork, as the people manning the area also did not say much. As it happens, you just put your bag through, along with any keys, money, etc. and your phone. I kept my shoes and jacket on. Oh and guess what? The guy with the water got through! So you can bring water with you from landside to airside.
Boarding and the flight itself were fairly uneventful. We did get a hot snack and a drink, which was great for a flight just over an hour long. Now comes the fun part. I got off the plane expecting to enter into the airport itself and then play hunt the gate, but to my surprise and confusion this did not happen. Instead, we had to actually exit past baggage claim and on through to the domestic arrivals exit. Then we went upstairs and entered through security again at domestic departures! There were no signs for transfers and I was not the only person who did this, so I was not just being the dumb foreigner. The layover was over two hours long, so I was not worried, but if I’d had a tighter connection this would have been very stressful. I did make the best of the situation and took a look around the airport, which also had a lot of food on one floor and banks on another just like POA.
Overall the flights were great; it just took me by surprise the way I had to change planes.

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