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  • 1 hour and 19 mins
    Apr 18, 2017
    On 7th May flying with AA BUFF to ORD and on to SFO. I have 1 hour and 19 mins layover in ORD. Is this doable? also will have a check in bag. Cheers


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


  • enough time
    Apr 12, 2017
    Is 35 minutes enough time to make it from United Flight 307 to United flight 1649, Flying in July.


    That's barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • Enough time?
    Mar 30, 2017
    I am arriving in Chicago, after having cleared customs in Canada, with 1 hr 10 minute layover before my connection. Both of my flights are United, so I believe this means they will be in the same Terminal. Is that correct? I am also wondering if this is enough time, when I look in Kayak it says that the Gate Time for my second flight is 6:15, but I am assuming this doesn't mean boarding time. The actual flight time is 7:40 and I land at 6:29 (if all goes according to plan). If I check a bag will I have to grab it again? How long does it take to go through security typically? I've never been to this airport today.


    All you have to do in Chicago if both flights are on United and you pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All United gates are connected inside security.


  • Jonas
    Apr 12, 2017
    Hi. We have 1 hour 50 minutes layovertime, we will arrive from London at terminal 5 time:15:00 and leave from terminal 3 time 16:50 to Denver, Is that enough time? it feels thet we will have tou run :)


    It's just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    The both flight are on American Airlines on one ticket, will that help?


    Yes, that helps, what would help more is not having checked bags.


  • LHR - ORD - Los Cabos
    Mar 23, 2017
    I have a 1h29min window from landing to my next flight leaving. I arrive at Terminal 5 and leave from Terminal 1 im worried I wont have time to get my connecting flight can anyone help?


    Sorry forgot to say im flying with United Airlines


    Yes, realistically that will be VERY difficult. 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 T1 and go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thanks for the reply, I thought it was cutting it fine this has been arranged for me by a travel company so im surprised they haven't noticed or realised the implications of such a short layover for the connecting flight. Im getting them to change the flight if it means a longer layover


    Mar 21, 2017
    Hi, my mom, who doesn't speak english very good, is traveling for her first time to the US. She will be coming in from Amsterdam in Chicago with a 3h layover until her flight to Las Vegas. Will it be enough time for her to catch her connection? And what exactly is the procedure once she gets to Chicago? Does she have to pick up her checked bag even if she is traveling with the same carrier (United)?


    She will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim her bags, go through US Customs, re-check her bags at the re-check desk, take the ATS Train to Terminal 1, go through security and to her departure gate. She has enough time.


    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?


    That is just enough time. You will take the ATS Train to Terminal 5 and go through security.


  • 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.


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