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  • Time required for Immigration & customs
    Jun 8, 2016
    Hi, we are Indians coming in August by Qatar Airways to OHare and change to American Airlines to go to Des Moines.Where will be the immigration process, at OHare or at Des Moines? We are coming first time to US and we have a transit time of 2hr 40 minutes. Will it be sufficient?


    You will go through US Immigration and customs in Chicago. You should have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • what time to arrive for evening flight?
    May 25, 2016
    Hi, my family is flying Aer Lingus out of O'Hare and I believe our flight leaves at about 8:30 p.m. We will not be checking our bags. How long are the security lines at that time of night? What would be a good time to arrive at the airport? Thanks so much!


  • Security Lines in Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning
    May 25, 2016
    I have a group of 56 senior citizens departing ORD Terminal 3 on 2 June 2016 on an Alaska Air flight at 9:35 AM. How much time will they need to get through security and to their gate? I have them arriving at ORD tentatively at 7:00 AM. Will that be enough time for them? Any helpful information for this situation will sincerely be appreciated!


  • Early AM Spirit Flight 5/28
    Jun 9, 2016
    My Spirit Airlines (ugh) flight to Tampa (layover in NJ) is scheduled to leave at 6:50am on Saturday 5/28. Does anyone know if I should get to OHare earlier than 4:45am after all of the TSA nonsense last week? Are TSA lines going to be extremely long that early on a Saturday morning?


    How long did you have to wait in TSA? Im flying this saturday and only have one hour.... So i'm a little panic.


    It took the entire 2h 15m we were there. Spirit was a hot mess. We got on our flight as the doors were shutting. It was super exhilarating lol it was also a holiday weekend so I'm sure that had something to do with it.


  • custums
    May 25, 2016
    Please respond quickly! I will be departing on an United flight to Toronto, then paris...all I need to do is check in, go thru security at my terminal and find my gate, correct... I only have to go thru customs on my return, right? will that be in Canada or Chicago? My return is an united express plane that should come in on terminal 2, correct?


    Yes, there is no US Customs when leaving the US and on the return you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.


  • Security question related to an international flight
    May 24, 2016
    We will be arriving Sunday evening, May 29, from Frankfurt. We then catch a connecting flight to Nashville. I am guessing we have to go through customs at ORD. After customs will we have to go back through security before boarding our flight to Nashville? We only have about an hour and 40 minutes.


    Yes, you will have to go back through security in your departure terminal. This is a very difficult connection, bordering on impossible, although traveling in the middle of a holiday weekend will help.


  • Step by step
    May 23, 2016
    Can someone give me step by step as I have not flown in a long time. I get out of the limo, is there sky cap service still at O'Hare American for domestic flights? No one I called seems to know. If not, then I walk through the doors and then what do I do? Where do I take my luggage, etc. Thank you.


    No, there is no skycap service at the curb. When you walk through the doors you take your bag to one of the counters that say American and say Economy if you are flying Economy class. Note that you have to pay for checked luggage now - it's faster and easier to pay online. You will then have to get in the security line, which is a bit of a mess in American's terminal, even on good days.


  • Security delays at ORD
    May 21, 2016
    Tga group of senior citizens out of ORD on Sunday 5/22. Arriving at o at10 Am for 1pm flight. Enough time for TSA clearance? Help!


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • T3 Security lines today
    May 21, 2016
    Anybody know how long the security line waiting times were today for Terminal 3? Just trying to get a good estimate for tomorrow, considering the issues recently.


    It really depends on the time of day.


  • PRe Check line at Ohare
    May 21, 2016
    I have a 7am flight on Friday on United out of OHare, but I have PreCheck. All the time estimates I'm seeing I assume are for regular lines. Suggestions of how early I need to be there for PreCheck


    I would still try to be there at about 5 AM. Sometimes the Pre lines aren't running or running poorly.


  • TSA Pre Wait Times - AA
    May 21, 2016
    I have a flight next week at 10:30 am on Thursday. I'm taking a bus down from Milwaukee. What time should I get there? One arrives at 7:30 am and the next one gets in at 8:30. Is TSA-Pre really a 3 hour window too? What the heck did I pay for?!


    With Pre you can probably get away with the 8:30 arrival. Lines sort of let up mid-morning anyway and things are working better now.


  • Traveling to dublin
    May 18, 2016
    Travelling to Dublin on Aer Lingus. Leaving at 8pm on May 19th. Checking bags. If I get to airport at 4pm will that be enough time to check luggage and get thru security?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • Security
    May 17, 2016
    Landing at ORD from Erie to catch a connecting United flight to Honolulu. Must I go through security again at ORD ?


    No, you don't have to go through security at ORD. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All United gates are connected inside security.


  • United Airlines Premier - how long is the security wait?
    May 17, 2016
    Also, does anyone know if ORD shuts down security in the middle of the night? I have a 6AM flight. If I arrive three hours early, as instructed, will security be open at 3AM? Thanks to all.


    Yes, it does shut down at night and doesn't open until 4. If you get there at 4 you should be fine.


  • Connection to New York
    May 16, 2016
    Travel to Greece. ORD-New York-Greece. All with Delta. Will I need to recheck my luggage and go thru TSA again?


    No, you will not have to do anything with your bags or go through security in New York


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