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    Feb 27, 2017
    We are flying from SFO to HEL via ORD with AY. Flights are on same ticket. SFO-ORD is operated by AA and arrives to terminal 3, flight to HEL leaves from terminal 5. There is only 1h20 min connection time. Is this enough?


  • Less layover to connect international flight
    Feb 14, 2017
    I have 1 and half hours for layover time to connect to terminal 5 - connecting to DOHA flight. time : 6:55 PM departure. is that 1 and half hour enough time to catch?. what about security check point?. Waiting time on Secuity check. Please let me know.


    Are both flights on the same reservation? Are you flying in on a domestic flight on American? If so that should be just enough time. Yes, you will go through security again in Terminal 5.


    Same itinerary; PHL to ORD and ORD to DOHA. I have a less layover time - 1 and half hours; is that sufficient to catch DOHA flight?. Pls let me know waiting time at terminal 5 (5 pm to 6 pm) on Saturday?


    I can't perfectly predict security wait times, but Saturday is the least busy day.


    Means that less crowd on Saturday?; Can I able to connect within 1 and half hours?: Thanks for your reply.


    Yes, and probably.


  • Enough time for checked bag?
    Jan 29, 2017
    Im fling from LAX to LGA with a 58 min layover. Can trust checking a bag, or should I take only carry-ons.


    It's up to you but that should be enough time for a bag to be transferred.


  • Connection Time
    Jan 25, 2017
    I have a flight on Turkish Airlines from Istanbul ORD and then connecting to Phoenix on an American Airlines flight. There is a 2 and a half hour layover; is this enough time to collect my checked baggage, clear customs and recheck bags?


    If it's all the same reservation that should be definitely enough time. If it's two separate reservations it's just enough time. You arrive in Terminal 5 and depart from Terminal 3.


    It's two separate reservations. Thank you for your response. I'll have to decide if I want to risk it.


  • International Layover
    Jan 23, 2017
    Hello, I am travelling from London to MSP via ORD, with a layover of 1 hr 45 min, would that be sufficient for Customs check and security


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • international layover
    Jan 17, 2017
    We land form LHR into terminal 5 and fly 3 hrs 15 minutes later out of terminal 1 onto Orlando all with United. We have been told we need to go through US immigration, claim bags & then forward baggage via internal transit. Is this correct or do we need to also go through customs and recheck baggage at a recheck desk? I understand that we need to take the ATS train to terminal 1 for our connecting departure flight, Is the ATS free? It is just that we are travelling with children and want to be informed so we have a stress free connection, thanks.


    You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk in Terminal 5, then take the ATS Train (which is free) to Terminal 1 and go through security.


  • 47 min
    Dec 29, 2016
    I have a layover in ORD. We land at gate f11 then need to go to gate B21, with only 47 minutes in between. These are only domestic flights, and from ny understanding these gates are in doffeeent terminals. Will we need to go through security again? And do we have enough time?


    You do not have to go through security again. There is a walkway connecting Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 inside security. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if the first flight is on-time.


  • How early can I pass security check?
    Dec 28, 2016
    I have a flight at 7:05 am on Wednesday, can I pass security check on Tuesday night?


    No, you can't. TSA in most terminals opens at 3:15 AM. That is the earliest you can go in.


  • 1 hour lay over in ORD to Frankfurt!
    Dec 19, 2016
    Hi there. Is there enough 1 hour layover to get the connection from LAX, ORD to Frankfurt? It is the same terminal 1. Thank you.


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • 3hr 20 minute connection time?
    Nov 9, 2016
    Hi I'm flying from Dublin, Ireland on aerlingus to ORD with a layover of 3hr 20 minute to IAH flying with United Airlines. Is 3hr 20 minutes enough time?


    Yes, that is plenty of time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin.


  • 38 minute layover
    Nov 6, 2016
    Just booked flight with a 38 minute layover, the terminal stays the same.. will 38 minutes be cutting it too close


    Be more specific. Where are you coming from, where are you going to and on what airline?


  • connecting flights from T2 to T 5
    Oct 31, 2016
    I have flight in Dec. 16th from saint Louis, MO to Vienna and connecting flight in ORD and only have 1;20 min layover from 3 p.m. to 4:20 P.m. from terminal 2 to terminal 5. IS it enough ?? Should I check in again or there is another connecting gates different from the main checking point ??


    Yes, that is just enough time if the first flight is on-time. You won't have to check in again if both flights are on the same reservation, just take the ATS Train from T2 to T5 and go through security.


  • Is 47 minutes enough time???
    Oct 23, 2016
    I'm looking at a flight departing Dec. 31 from BWI & arriving at ORD with only 47 minutes before the next flight departs for Tokyo. All flights are on United. Is it possible to make this connection, especially since one flight is domestic & the other is international?


    Yes, that is possible. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.




  • overnight layover
    Oct 11, 2016
    I am planning from SFO to pittsburgh by UA .via ORD. layover time is 14hr. Do I have to re-check my baggage at ORD on the next morning ? or is it possible to transfer luggage automatically, not to re-rechek on ORD ?


    Yes, with an overnight connection you will have to claim your bags and then re-check them the next morning. I suggest flying a redeye to ORD instead, what you have planned sounds even worse than a redeye. (I'm guessing UA's nonstop SFO-PIT flight either isn't operating the day you want to fly or is too expensive).


  • 1hr 20!! LGA-ORD-GRB
    Oct 9, 2016
    We are travelling tomorrow morning from LGA -ORD -GRB. We have a 1hr 20 layover, no checked baggage and are flying into Term 3 which is also where we are flying out from!! Is this going to be enough time?? First time in US and we are going to see the Packers I'm super nervous and don't want to miss the flight!!


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is walk from one gate to the other.


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