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    Jun 1, 2015
    Hello - We arrive in ORD from MKE at 18:30. Our flight to DUB departs at 20:00. Is 90 minutes enough time to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5 and get through security in Terminal 5? Our tickets were bought together, so this 90 minutes is a layover. Thanks!


  • Enough time for connection
    Jun 1, 2015
    I am arriving on British Airways (operated by American Airlines) at 20:00 hrs on Thu June 18. My Connecting flight, British Airways (operated by American Airlines) to St Louis is at 22:00 hours. This is all on one ticket. Is 2 hours enough time to get the luggage, get through customs, recheck the luggage, go through security, etc.


    This is at Chicago O'Hare


    Yes, that should be enough time. Note that after you re-check your luggage you will have to take the ATS Train from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 where you will go through security and to your gate.


  • Enough Time
    Jun 1, 2015
    I will be connecting in O'Hare from Munich in Oct. I arrive at 3:10 PM and depart for Denver at 5:30. Is that enough time for customs and reboarding? That's assuming flights are on time.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Child travelar
    Jun 1, 2015
    Hellow i am a 14 yo traveling aline. I will fly from atlanta to chicago and then from chicago to amman jordan. What will i have to do when i landin ohare.


    If you purchased your tickets on one reservation then all you have to do is go from your arrival terminal to Terminal 5 on the ATS Train, get your Royal Jordianian boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security. If your parents purchased two separate tickets, you will have to claim your bags from your first airline and then bring them on the ATS Train to Terminal 5 to check them with Royal Jordanian.


  • enough time
    May 31, 2015
    On June 29 I am flying on United arriving at 2:57pm. My connecting flight to Frankfort, Germany on United departs at 3:55pm. Is 58 minutes enough time to make this connection?


    Where are you flying in from and where are you connecting?


    Flying in from Louisville KY to Chicago then on to Frankfort Germany all on United


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All United gates in Chicago are connected inside security.


  • custom clearance
    May 27, 2015
    I am arriving from Calgari to Chicago at 1639 hrs by UA (operated by Skywest) and have a connecting flight to Washington DCA at 1800 hrs by UA. Is the connecting time enough? Do i have to do custom clearance at Chicago?


    Assuming you are coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada (not Caligari, Italy), you will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Calgary. ALl you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time. You may arrive in Terminal 1 or 2. You will depart from Terminal 1. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway.


  • Do I have enough time?
    May 27, 2015
    In early July I will be arriving from a domestic United flight and then have a 90 minute layover until my Aer Lingus flight to Dublin. I bought my tickets together. Do I have enough time?


    Actually my connection is 75 minutes.


    At O'Hare? Yes, that should be enough time. You just have to take the ATS Train from T1 to T5 and go through security.


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    May 26, 2015
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  • Is 50 min enough?
    May 26, 2015
    Traveling from Lincoln to Grand Rapids on United with a 50 min. layover... Is this enough time?


    Yes, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate (likely in Terminal 2) to your departure gate (in Terminal 1 or 2). Terminals 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway.


  • Europe-ORD-Canada
    May 26, 2015
    Hello. This is my itinerary on 24/07/2015: BLQ-FRA LH291 06.15-07.45 FRA-ORD UA906 12.45-15.55 ORD-YYC UA1265 16.40-19.33 Is it 1 hr 45 mins enough time to get to my connecting flight in ORD? What are the procedures and the best way to get connected? I'm Italian citizen, purchased the tickets together with UA and will travel with checked bags (bicycle!!). Any chance that I can pre-clear US Customs and Immigration in Italy or Germany and get all my bags sent directly to my final destination? Thank you so much for any help


    Just checked with US Customs and Border Protection, unfortunately no preclearance available, sorry for the silly question. I fly to Australia once a year connecting in Dubai and It never occurred to me that I might have to claim my bags in ORD and re-check them..I'm getting more worried now!!!


    The only airports in Europe with preclearance are Dublin and Shannon in Ireland. 1 Hr 45 minutes should be enough time in Chicago. Yes, in Chicago you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 and go through security. Again, it should be barely enough time if your flight from Frankfurt is on-time.


    Thank you so much for the quick answer and all the useful information!!!


  • Toronto to ord to japan
    May 26, 2015
    Hi, travelling with 3yo and arrive on air canada into ord t1with exactly 1hr 10 mins before connecting on united in t2 to japan. Is that sufficient time? We will have checked baggage....not sure if we need to go through security again as well? Thanks for responses....


    No flights to Japan depart from T2. You will arrive in T2 and depart from T1. They are connected inside security by a walkway. 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. You should have plenty of time.


    Thanks a lot ZAP!!! And yes it is arriving ord T2 and flying out t1! Thanks again! Huge relief to know!


  • another international connection
    May 26, 2015
    Hi. On a Tuesday in mid-June I have a flight arriving from PDX (Portland) at 4:28 p.m. Then I'm going to a flight to CDG (Paris), leaving at 6:05 p.m. I know I'll need to go through international customs at O'Hare – will this time be sufficient? Both flights are booked on United. (The last time I made a similar connection, it was close – the customs area was packed.)


    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 1. You should have plenty of time.


    I'm sorry, "customs" was the wrong word. I know US citizens don't do that before leaving the US. I meant the security line that you need to go through before getting into the international terminal at O'Hare. Last year, when I flew from PDX to ORD to Stockholm, the security line at O'Hare took more than 90 minutes and was very chaotic. (This was after I'd already gone through security screening at PDX.) I just don't know if that particular day was unusual, or if it's always like that.


    Of course, if it's the case that my domestic arrival and international departure (both on United) are in the same terminal, then it should be fine! Last year I arrived at ORD on a domestic flight and left on Scandinavian Airlines. They were code-sharing partners, but maybe that accounted for the terminal change I had to do. I had 2.5 hours between my flights and just barely made it.


    That security line would be unusual. Also, yes, any nonstop flight from Chicago to Paris bought from United will be operated by United and leave from Terminal 1, the same terminal where you will arrive.


    Thanks, ZAP.


  • AA flight connection
    May 25, 2015
    I have a 40 minute connection this summer for a domestic flight (SNA to BUF) on AA. Will that be enough time even if my flight out runs a few minutes late?


    That would be barely enough time assuming the first flight is on-time.


  • When to arrive for an A.A. 9:30 AM morning flight on Fri.
    May 20, 2015
    Hi, Plan on arriving to the Bus/Shuttle Center at 8:30 AM for a 9:30 AM Flight on A.A. (AA 2370 to Philly) on Friday. Will that be enough time to get through security and to the approriate terminal in time for the Flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You can check in online for your flight before you leave the house.


  • LHR -ORD- MSY Transfer time ORD T 5 to T 1
    May 26, 2015
    We arrive T5 from London (BA) at 145pm on 3 Jun and dept T1 for New Orleans at 357pm (United). Is 2 hour connection time sufficient at this time of day to clear immigration/security and transfer?


    That's barely possible. Since you are flying two non-alliance partners is it correct that you purchased two separate tickets? If so that means you will have to take your bags with you on the ATS Train to check them with United in T1.


    Thanks just what I thought but BA insist that anything more than 90 minutes is sufficient time. No I have a through ticket booked with BA who say my baggage will be check through to New Orleans at London.


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