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  • 1:35 hrs from London to Memphis layover
    May 25, 2016
    I am reaching terminal 5 at 6:35 pm by British Airways from London. I have a connecting flight to Memphis from terminal 3 at 8:10 pm. Is this time (1 hr35 mins) enough for the transit?


  • Meeting times
    May 16, 2016
    Flying into Chicago Friday arrival on American Airlines 5:43 pm depart 8:09 pm. Will I have time to meet family in the terminal for coffee and check back into security? Is this feasible?


    No, don't even think about trying this - security at O'Hare is a complete mess right now.


  • American Airlines Connection time
    May 15, 2016
    Travelling from MAN (Manchester, England) to BNA (Nashville, TN) with a 2 hour layover in ORD (Chicago O'Hare). I have a UK Passport and will have to go through Customs at Chicago O'Hare. Flight is tomorrow, 5/16. Is the 2 hour layover enough time to get through Customs, through security and to my next terminal/gate? Flight times are landing in O'Hare at 3:00 pm at Terminal 5. Departing at 5:00 pm at Terminal 3. Also, will I have to pick up my bags before going through customs and then have them re-checked or will they go straight through? I have had both experiences even though I always have all flights on same reservation.


  • Layover
    May 16, 2016
    I have a 49min layover in Chicago before my flight to Shanghai. I am flying United throughout the whole trip. Will I be able to make it to my second flight?


    Yes, all you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.


  • 2 hr 25 mins
    May 16, 2016
    I am a foreigner taking United 3842 from Lansing to Chicago and then CX 807 to Hong Kong. Is a 2 hr 25 min layover enough? Do I have to claim my luggage and recheck it at ORD? Thank you very much.


    If you purchased two separate reservations you will have to claim your bags from United in Terminal 1, then take them on the ATS Train to Terminal 5 to check with Cathay, then go through security. You have barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.


  • Layover Time
    May 12, 2016
    Hello, we are making a connecting flight from YYZ (Toronto) - ORD - PEK (Beijing) this July. The layover is scheduled for 1h36m in ORD. Would that be enough time to make it to our connecting flight? Would we need to go through security and customs again?


    We will also have to go from terminal 1 to terminal 2 in ORD to make our connecting flight.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto. You will arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal 1. They are connected inside security by a walkway. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, you have enough time.


  • PEK-ORD-CMH 2:05 layover time enough?
    May 5, 2016
    Traveling from Beijing to ORD on Sunday May 29th (Memorial day weekend) and have a 2:05 layover to change from international to domestic, all on AA. Is this enough time???


    Yes, that should be just enough time if your flight from Beijing arrives on-time.


  • 1h 10min enough time?
    Apr 16, 2016
    hello im Flighing with united from Memphis to Chicago and from Chicago to Shanghai. The layover in Chicago terminal 2 to reach my flight to shanghai terminal 1 are only 1h and 10 min. i dont know if i have to get my baggage. and if i have to get my baggage, is this enought time?


    You don't have to do anything with your bags. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Return layover to ORD from CPH
    Apr 10, 2016
    Hi, Flying in from CPH to Chicago and will have 1h35 min to clear customs and recheck bags going on to HSV, AL. Will that be enough time?


    Are the two tickets on one reservation or two separate ones? This is a difficult connection. What airline are you flying to HSV?


  • Connecting Flights on United
    Mar 28, 2016
    Our flight in is on United Express and flight out is on United. Does anyone know what terminals AND concourses these would be on. Also, where is the walkway between terminals 1 and 2 located - is it between certain concourses?


    The walkway between 1 and 2 is at the base of the terminal, it goes from the Low numbered end of B (near B1) to the base of E/F. All United mainline flights use Terminal 1, they can use either the B or C concourse. United Express flights can use the A, B, E, or F concourses. All flights on CRJ-200 aircraft use E or F. Other than that it could be (almost) anywhere - the gates at the center of B and C are used almost exclusively for mainline aircraft.


  • coming from brussels - 1hour 54 minute layover
    May 16, 2016
    Hi! I'm flying from Brusssels and I have to catch a connecting flight to Saginaw in 1h 54minutes. Will that be enough time for the immigration and switching terminal? It's all with United. And do I have to pick up my luggage in Chicago? My return flight from Saginaw to Brussels would only have a layover of 1hour at Chicago O'hare. Do I have enough time for both flights?


    On you way to Saginaw, you will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go up 2 floors to the ATS Train and take it to Terminal 2, go through security and to your departure gate. You have just about enough time. On your way back to Brussels you will arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal 1. They are connected inside security by a walkway. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should also have enough time.


    Thank you so much for your response!


    Does this summary apply for an O'Hare layover on Berlin to Denver, then Denver to Berlin flights


    Berliner, not exactly, the terminals depend on what airlines you are flying.


  • 1 Hour Enough?
    Feb 16, 2016
    I'm flying from Vegas to Dublin through Chicago - there was originally 2 hours 30 minutes layover in Chicago but my first flight has changed and now there's only 1 hour. I'll be arriving and leaving through Terminal 3 so will this be long enough? Will I have to go through security again?


    Yes, that is long enough if both flights are in T3. You do not have to go through security. Just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in the H/K concourse.


  • Shuffling from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1
    Feb 8, 2016
    We are flying into Terminal 5 on UA 969 6:15 PM Friday 9/23 from London connecting to UA 515 in Terminal 1 to Sacramento. The whole itinerary is on United and when we booked this flight, UA allowed this connection. Is it reasonable to get through Customs and transfer to Term 1 from Term 5 with 1 hour and 20 minutes, provided the flights are on time? Also, if we are delayed in Customs will United hold the flight to Sacramento to allow us time to get to that gate since all flights are on United?


    1 hr 20 minutes is not a reasonable international to domestic connection time at ORD. They will not hold the plane for you. The minimum time is 90 minutes and I recommend 2 hours.


    Jan 26, 2016
    I am travelling from EDI to ORD connecting from ORD to DEN. I had booked flights with 2hr 15 min layover. United changed my flights (without notifying me) and now I only have a 1hr 40 min layover. 1. Is that enough time to clear customs, transfer from terminal 5 to terminal 1? 2. Do I also have to collect my bags and recheck them? (we arrive at Chicago at 2:30 pm on a saturday)


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 and go through security. That should be enough time on a Saturday afternoon.


  • Connection flight
    Jan 19, 2016
    Traveling from Calgary to Chicago (T2) then connecting to Dublin (T5). Traveling alone with two kids. Wondering how the connection works- do I just go straight through to terminal 5? Do I have to get my bags again? Do they give you back your stroller? Thanks in advance.


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then you go straight to T5. If you check your stroller at the gate they will give it back to you at the gate in Chicago. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. You will have to go through security again in T5.


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