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  • 10 hour layover
    Sep 5, 2016
    flying from Knoxville tn on 9/3 on way to Dublin. 10 hour layover. that is labor day weekend. should we consider leaving the airport?


    You can. The CTA Train takes about an hour to get from O'Hare to downtown. You'll want to be back at O'Hare about 2.5 hours before your flight.


    thanks for your response. we lived in Naperville for 25 years before moving to Tennessee. I really didn't explain my question well. I know that realistically there is time to go to the city.....I am concerned about labor day weekend airport crowds and new security protocol. flew last year to Paris, but do much has happened since then. I assume our luggage will be checked thru from Knoxville to Dublin, but one never knows.


    There is no "new security protocol" and labor day isn't a busy travel day.


  • Layover 1 hour 55 min
    Aug 29, 2016
    Flying from Denver, Colorado (American Airlines) to take flight to Abu Dhabi. Does transit time 1 hour 55 min is sufficient to take the next flight? Do I need to go for security screening again at Chicago airport?


    If both flights are on the same reservation that is just enough time. Yes, you will have to go through security again in Terminal 5.


  • STL to CDG
    Aug 17, 2016
    I will be taking a train from STL to chicago and will have about 8 hours before my flight. Are there any ideas on where/how i can store my bags during this time?


    There is no baggage storage at O'Hare.


  • Transit in ORD, can i exit?
    Aug 10, 2016
    I'll be travelling from Dallas to Singapore, with a 7 hours layover in ORD. Can I actually exit from the ORD airport to visit the city and come back 2 hours before depature to Singapore? Thanks.


    Yes, you can go where you want, although 7 hours isn't a ton of time. It takes an hour to get downtown and another hour to get back and you need to get back 2 hours before your flight, so that leaves only 2-3 hours.


  • Cancun to ORD to FWA
    Aug 7, 2016
    I'll be flying back from Cancun and have an option of a 2hr+ layover in ORD before my connecting flight to FWA (terminal change). Is that enough time? Or should I take the overnight layover? If I do the overnight layover do I have to pick up my baggage?


    2+ hours should be enough time. Either way you have to pick up your baggage.


  • Layover in december
    Aug 6, 2016
    Hello, I am planning to fly to India in december and i will be flying from Pittsburgh. Its Pittsburgh to Chicago to Abu dhabi and India. I have a 2 and half hour layover in Chicago. The flight is on December 18, Sunday. Will that be enough time to go through security and board my connecting flight?


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


  • Tight layover time
    Jul 28, 2016
    Hello - Im flying Kansas City - Chicago, then Chicago - Munich, both flights are arriving/departing at Terminal 1 and ill have a carry-on bag. My layover time is about 1h. Will I need to go through security again? Is my layover time enough?


    No, you do not have to go through security again. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • 80 minutes layover enough?
    Jul 18, 2016
    Hello, I am looking to book a flight from Pittsburgh to London through ORD. The layover time is 1 hour 20 minutes. The PGH>ORD flight is operated by American and the ORD>LHR is operated by British. I am a European citizen, so on my way out there is no need for customs. Will 80 minutes suffice? Thank you!


    The code for Pittsburgh is PIT, not PGH. Yes, that should be enough time. You will either have to take the shuttle inside security between T3 and T5 (it unfortunately runs infrequently) or take the ATS Train from T3 to T5 and go through security.


  • Is 90min layover time enough
    Oct 10, 2016
    I am travelling from Mumbai to roanoke and have through checkin via O'Hare. I will be having immigration at O'Hare itself and then have to take a flight to Roanoke. Are 90mins enough?


    There are no nonstop flights from Mumbai to O'Hare. Please double check your reservation and post your exact routing including airlines. I cannot help you with the limited information you have provided.


    My flight is from Mumbai to Zurich and from Zurich to O'Hare. I reach O'Hare at 12:25pm and have another flight to Roanoke at 1:55pm


    OK, so yes, you will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then if your bags are tagged through to ROA (if everything is the same reservation they should be), you can drop your bags at the re-check desk, then go up 2 levels and take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 or 2 where your flight to Roanoke will depart if it is on United Express (check the moniitors - gate starting with B or C is Terminal 1, E or F is Terminal 2), then go through security and to your departure gate. 90 minutes is the bare minimum for an international to domestic connection through O'hare and is less than what I recommend, but it's not impossible if things go smoothly.


    Will I have to reclaim my bags and do a re checkin?


    Given that I have booked the whole journey from Mumbai to Roanoke on United airlines itself, will I have to reclaim the bags and do the rechecking and stuff or United will do it on itself. Because as per my conception, I only have to do the immigration and go on for the security check and then depart.


    Yes, as I said, you need to claim your bags in Chicago in order to go through US Customs. You can then immediately drop your bags off at the re-check desk. Your conception is incorrect.


    I will be flying from SBN to XNA with United with a 1 hr layover in ORD. I will have a checked suitcase, will this be enough time for my luggage to be transferred to the next plane?


  • Overnight in ORD, do I have to check in again?
    Jul 15, 2016
    Hi, I am arriving in ORD at 23:33 from Washinton-Dulles on my way to Memphis and my connection leaves at 8:55 the next morning. My ticket states I will have to pay the baggage fee again for the second flight which leads me to believe I will have to pick up my bags upon arrival that first night and re-check them the next morning. Is this right? So will i then be able to leave and get a hotel or can I stay at the airport? I got these tickets with miles as one trip and it stated an overnight in ORD, I was not aware of the particularities...I would prefer getting a hotel for a few hours of sleep but am unsure of what I can and cannot do in terms of leaving secured area, getting bags, etc...


    Yes, that is correct. You can stay in a hotel or in the airport. Check in will open again at 3:15, so you won't have to wait too long. You will already be outside the secure area to claim your bags.


  • Layover time at ORD - is it enough?
    Jul 15, 2016
    I have a 1h 46mins connection through ORD. I arrive with an international BA flight and departing with a domestic AA flight, do you think that's enough time for immigration check-in and customs clearance?


    It's a legal connection, but it will be very difficult unless your BA flight arrives early.


  • 6 h Layover-visiting Chichago?
    Jul 14, 2016
    I arrive at 5:30 am at Terminal 5, and my next flight is at 12:30 pm, it's possible to grab de blue line trains system ando go to chicago city very fast and be in the airport on time for my next flight?


    Yes, although there isn't much to see that early in the morning and you could only spend an hour or two downtown before having to go back to the airport. I would much rather just make my way to my departure terminal, go through security, and have a leisurely breakfast.


    Thank you very much, I'll follow your advice


  • Will I have enought time inORD for connecting international flight PVR
    Jul 13, 2016
    I'm flying into ORD on a Saurday, with United airlines at 8:05am. My international connecting flight with United is at 9:05am. This leaves me one hour. Is United domestic and international terminals close? In your opinion, will I make my connecting flight to Puerto Vallarta?


    You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 1. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you so much for the quick response and details.


  • 2hr 42min Layover with a concourse change.
    Jul 13, 2016
    I have a couple of options I can do an 1hr 7min Layover with a concourse change or an 2hr 42min Layover with a concourse change. My next gate will probably be at the end of the concourse. Switching from H - K in Terminal 3. Also will I have time to go to Downtown Chicago and Come back?


    H and K are just two wings of the same concourse - your connection shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. Either connection is sufficient. No, that isn't enough time to go downtown.




  • terminal 1 to 2
    Jul 8, 2016
    i have 60 minute layover coming from toronto YYZ and heading to springfiled illinois is this enought time


    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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