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  • transfer from T5 to T2
    May 7, 2015
    Hi. I will be arriving at ORD Terminal 5 by Air India flight around 7 am.I have to take a connecting United flight from T2. Considering that I will have to go through immigrations as well, will 4.5 hours be enough to make the connecting flight?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • 1h30min Layover from Dublin to Phoenix
    May 3, 2015
    I haven't purchased tickets yet, but all of my options via Aer Lingus (United Partner) have me make a 90 minute layover at ORD on my way to PHX, from DUB. I will do pre-clearance at DUB. I want to know if this 90 minute layover is possible, before I order my tickets.


    Yes, 90 minutes should be possible.


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    Apr 28, 2015
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  • Baggage during layover
    Apr 19, 2015
    I am flying into Ohare in the morning on 4/21 from Houston, going to a client meeting downtown, and then back the same day to take a flight to Detroit at 6:30 pm- are there any options to have my bag checked for the 6:30 pm flight when I arrive in the morning? I dont' want to take the bag to the client with me if possible


    It depends what airline you are flying. Most airlines will take the bag in the morning.


    Flying American


    Yes, their counter in T3 will likely take your bag in the morning.


  • Layover
    Apr 7, 2015
    I am flying from Syracuse (SYR) to Chicago (ORD) on American Airlines, then have a 35 minute layover, then from ORD to SAN.. on American Airlines.. will I have enough time.. Im not sure the terminals or any of that...


    Both flights will be in Terminal 3, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. However, it leaves very little time to spare in case your flight from Syracuse is delayed.


  • Coming in from Dublin Going to SFO. 45 mins
    Mar 29, 2015
    I have a UNITED flight in from Dublin and will then have a layover of 45mins to fly to SFO. Do I have to do security from Terminal 5 to get to 2? and is 45 mins enough? Thank you!


    There are no flights to San Francisco from Terminal 2. If both of your flights are on United they will both be in Terminal 1. You can walk directly from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • 55 min layover?
    Mar 27, 2015
    I am flying from san diego to ORD all on Iberia. From ORD I am flying to madrid also on iberia. Would 55 min be enough time?


    Your first flight will be operated by American Airlines. in ORD you will arrive in Terminal 3 and depart from Terminal 5. You have to take the ATS Train between terminals and go through security in Terminal 5. You barely have enough time.


  • Layover time
    Mar 14, 2015
    I will be travelling from YUL Montreal to Chicago with an 1hour 15 mins layover time to go to Honolulu. Both flights are with United Airlines. Will that be sufficient time? If i check in a bag, will i need to retrieve it at Chicago? or should they be transferring it for us? Thanks in advance


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time.


  • Will 40 minutes be enough?
    Mar 14, 2015
    Hi, I will fly from ROA (Roanoke, VA) to ORD and have 40 minutes of layover for my next flight to NRT (Narita, Japan) in May. I have no ideas about the terminals for my arriving and departing flights. Will 40 minutes be enough for this connection? Thank you so much for your help!


    What airlines are you flying?


  • Is lay over time enough to catch the final flight?
    Mar 14, 2015
    Dear Sir, We will be flying to SFO from LHR, via Chicago by BA.We are beyond 60 years and requested mobility assistance at Chicago which is confirmed.We have to get through immigration formalities and identification of checked in luggage(otherwise through booked to SFO) and move from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 for the connecting flight to SFO.The lay over time is 1 hr. 38 mins. May I request to know if this time is sufficient ?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • 2 hours and 20Min is enough ?
    Mar 14, 2015
    Hi, I will come with my wife(first time enter US) from amman( in Jordan) to chicago then to atlanta in March 30, and we have 2h 20min layover, arriving at T5 and departing from T3, do you think that we will have enough time to go through immigration, baggage collect, customs and baggage re-check?


    Yes, assuming your tickets were purchased together that should be enough time.


  • yvr-ord-fll
    Mar 14, 2015
    Will an hour and 13 minutes be enough time to get from an arriving flight from Vancouver to my next flight flying to fort Lauderdale? How long is customs for people outside of the U.S?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. In Chicago you only have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • Hilton
    Mar 14, 2015
    Hi, I'll be traveling TO-ORD-DUB WITH A 2hr layover in ORD. I will have no checked bags. Looks like I will be coming in to terminal 1 and out of terminal 5. Will I have time to go to the gym for ~30min in the Hilton (outside term 2)?


    No, that's not enough time.


  • 50 minuten enough?
    Mar 2, 2015
    Hello, from Orlando with American Airlines to Madrid with Iberia, will 50 min layovertime be enough? THz


    That will be difficult as you will have to exit terminal 3 and take the ATS Train to Terminal 5 and go through security. It's possible but there's very little time to spare in case your flight from Orlando is delayed.


    Thank you very much for this clear reply!


  • Is 45 mins layover time enough
    Feb 25, 2015
    im travelling from STL to ORD asd from ORD to newark throu United. In ord i have only 45 mins layover. Is it enough? I have a toddler with me. And do i have to go thro security check again?


    Yes, that is enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You may arrive in Terminal 1 or 2. You will depart from Terminal 1. there is a walkway inside security connecting Terminal 1 and 2.


    Thank you so much for the reply


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