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  • Ohare Security Opening Hours
    Mar 21, 2017
    Hello! I am flying out Wednesday at 6am with American Airlines for a domestic flight. I was wondering what time security opens and what time would be ok to get there. I was thinking 4:30. Thanks!


    It opens at 3:15. If you get there at 4:30, it will be open in all 3 domestic terminals.


  • Arrival time for 6 pm flight Wed, March 22
    Mar 15, 2017
    Departing flight at 6 pm on Delta. Coming from LaGrange. Not checking baggage. How much time should I allow?


    You can arrive at 4:30ish and be fine. Traffic shouldn't be THAT bad on a wednesday unless the weather is bad.


  • 850a FLT Dom. with SNOW
    Mar 13, 2017
    Flying on 3/14 at 850am. How earlier should I arrive with the issues of weather and ever unpredictable human factor?


  • What time should I arrive for Mon 11am flight
    Mar 13, 2017
    I have a 11am flight to DC. One bag to check-in, what time do I need to be there? (Driving from Oak Park)


    I would get there at about 9:30, so you could probably leave Oak park at about 8:45.


  • How early for a late flight?
    Feb 8, 2017
    I am flying on United out of O'Hare for a 7 pm flight on a Wednesday. How early should I arrive?


    5-5:30 PM (closer to 5 if you have bags to check and don't have TSA Pre-check).


  • Forgot to collect my luggage,what should i do to collect it?(w/in 24h)
    Feb 4, 2017
    1. Where do i go from terminal 5 to collect? 2. What department shall ill be checking it to? Is there any baggage services? 3. Any idea how long before i can take it back? Thanks all


    You need to contact your airline.


  • Tokyo to Toronto (via Chicago O Hare) - do I need to clear US Customs?
    Jan 30, 2017
    As the title says, I am flying from Tokyo to Toronto with a stopover at Chicago. Do I need to clear US customs before my connecting flight? I called United Airlines and they said no, I dont need to but I'm skeptical. Anyone with experience? thanks!!


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 or 2 and go through security. Whoever you talked to is painfully misinformed.


  • How early?
    Jan 13, 2017
    Taking a 5:30am flight first class American flight on a Sunday in May. Will have checked bags, but will already have checked in for flight online. Staying at connected Hilton Hotel. What time do we need to be at airport?


    I would leave your room at the Hilton at about 4.


  • Tokyo to Detroit via ORD
    Jan 30, 2017
    I am flying with American Airlines to Detroit from Tokyo via ORD. Somehow, I would like to visit my brother in Chicago before going to Detroit. Can I just exit in Chicago and not fly to Detroit?


    Is the flight to Detroit the last one on your reservation or do you have a return flight to Tokyo? If it is the last flight, yes, you can exit in Chicago.


    Detroit is my last flight. Do I have to inform American Airlines about my exit in Chicago?


    No, you can just leave the airport.


    Thank you very much.


    Yes you can, however I would make sure that your baggage does not go all the way to Detroit.


    If they have their bags with them in hand I'm fairly sure they won't break free and go to Detroit without them. You have to claim your bags to go through US Customs in Chicago.


  • How much is enough time
    Jan 9, 2017
    I have a 920am flight to Denver. And have luggage to check. How soon before the flight should I arrive ?


    What airline are you flying?




    Be there by at least 7.


  • International connection w/1.5 hours at ORD
    Jan 5, 2017
    Hi, We arrive at ORD July 29 2017 at 18:35 from Toronto (originating in Tel Aviv). We depart ORD at 20:05 for for Albuquerque. We will have checked bags. Can we safely make this transfer in 1.5 hours? Many thanks!


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. If both flights are on the same reservation all you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • LAX-ORD-HEL--90 min
    Dec 28, 2016
    Hi, Trip is LAX-ORD-HEL. One reservation with British Airways. LAX-ORD using American Airlines (Terminal 3), ORD-HEL using FinnAir, (Terminal 5) We have 90 min to get from Term 3-5, running through airport with 3-year old twins in stroller.What are our odds?


    You can make it as long as the flight from LAX is on-time.


  • Enough time?
    Dec 28, 2016
    I have a flight from ORD to Heathrow on British Air at 8:40 pm. I will be arriving via public transportation and have to check luggage. Will two hours be enough time?


    Yes, that should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Thank you.


  • 2 or 3 hours before flight?
    Dec 16, 2016
    Is it still necessary to arrive 3 hours prior to your flight, or is 2 hours enough? We have a 9:10 am flight to Houston.


    2 hours is probably enough time. Maybe a little more if you have to check bags.


  • Flying to Cancun
    Dec 1, 2016
    Flying American to Cancun Sunday morning Dec. 4 How early do I have to arrive?


    At least 2 hours before your flight, preferably a little more if you have bags to check.


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