Okay, so I was traveling out of a VERY rural airport last week. I got to the airport exactly 40 minutes prior to my 6:30am flight, and was at the kiosk checked in 35 minutes prior to my flight. The only problem was that NO ONE was at the check in counter to take my full size bag (I was gone for a week, thus needed more than a carry-on). I admit that I was cutting it close, but I was there in time to checkin via kiosk, and before the 30 minutes luggage cutoff. So I snap some photos to prove I was there on time, and I wait.... and I wait. I can literally see the pre-board line of people behind security, and I can hear them calling each zone to board. I ask TSA if they could tell the gate agent I was waiting, and they said they would, but it did not help. So the plane leaves without me. It takes over an hour after the plane leaves for anyone to be at the checkin counter again. There was an AA flight departing around 10:30am, and the next delta flight wasn't until 1 or 2pm. This was a 2 layover trip (Origin-DTW-ATL-Home), as it was the only routing possible, so waiting until the later flight meant a 20 hour travel day. I called the medallion desk, to which I was told by multiple people that since there was no IROP listed for the flight, there was nothing they could do but rebook me on the later flight, or I could pay ~$600 to get on the AA to ORD, then pick up DL to my final destination from there. Before I explain how things turned out, I'd love to know how you would have handled this situation. Clearly this was a DL mishandled situation, but the medallion line wasn't very helpful. Thoughts?