then you must have patience, since you won't be alone. On some days the airport only serves a few smaller planes bound for Central American destinations. But on Saturday the big planes pass through, sometimes as many as 5, and they all want to depart early afternoon. The counter check-in and the gate departures are all handled by airport personnel (I would guess they are federal employees) not airline personnel. So you could be standing in line to check in for a United flight and suddenly the agents are just GONE. Well, it's time for them to go out to the gate to board the passengers of another flight scheduled out before yours. Once it has departed, they suddenly reappear and continue checking in your flight. I don't know who gets priority if one on the flights arrives late, but it's probably not the one you're on. I think this makes a lot more sense than having Delta having its own airport staff to handle one flight a week.