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  • From Korea to Detroit via Chicago
    Dec 7, 2015
    Hi there in flying in on the 28th From Korea to Chicago terminal 5 and then have a 2 hrs if connection to go through security and customs to get to terminal 1 and leave for Kansas. I've never flown before so as you can tell anxiety is getting the best of me but I was just wondering if that was enough time between flights?


    Yes, that should be enough time. 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 take the ATS Train to T1 and go through security.


  • from buffalo to tulsa, with a stop in chicago, the layover is 36m
    Nov 24, 2015
    is it enough for me to transfer the flight? since its my first time to fly by myself in the US, i'm not sure I can make it :( . but the price is quite good


    It's possible, all you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, but it leaves no time to spare if the first flight is delayed.


  • Layover time and Checked baggage
    Nov 17, 2015
    Hey, I'm flying from LHR (London) and have a layover in Chicago to LAX. Arrival at terminal 5 and depart at terminal 3. I have 1:45 minutes to do this. Will this be enough time? Do I also have to recheck my baggage or will it go to my end destination? Much appreciated


    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 take the ATS Train to T3 and go through security. You barely have enough time assuming everything goes smoothly and all tickets are on the same reservation.


  • 35 min connecting time in ORD, travelling route PHX-ORD-LHR
    Oct 20, 2015
    I am travelling to India starting from Phoenix via chicago and then London. All in British Airways only. My query is I have only 35 min connecting time in Chicago to catch the next flight to London. Where will my immigration check be done - Phoenix or Chicago? And is 35 min enough time for me to make it up?


    There is no US Immigration when departing the US. British Airways does not fly from Phoenix to Chicago, so that flight will be operated by American. If your flight to London is also operated by American you will have enough time for your transfer, as both gates will be in T3 and you just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If your flight to London is operated by British Airways you will have to transfer to T5 and the transfer will be very difficult if not impossible.


    Thank You !!! And yes as per my itinerary my flight until London is being operated by American Airlines


  • Arriving from Europe 1,5h layover
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hi! I'm flying from Stockholm and I have to catch a connecting flight to Oklahoma in 1h 33minutes. Will that be enough time for the immigration and switching terminal? My other option has a longer layover when flying from Europe to States, but the return flight from Oklahoma to Heathrow would only have a 1h 5min layover at Chicago O'hare. Which one would be better?


    1 hr 33 minutes on International to Domestic is doable but risky. 1 hr 5 minutes on domestic to international is fairly easy, so I would choose the second option.


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