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  • Connection time okay? 2hrs15
    Sep 5, 2016
    Hi, I land in ORD on a flight from Europe at 2pm and fly out to Alaska on a United flight at 4.15pm. I will have a check-in bag. I am not a US citizen but should be pre-cleared at immigration from my departure airport. The two flights are on two separate tickets. Is this enough time to make the connection? Also, can I check my bag in for the second United flight after customs when I arrive at Terminal 5 or do I have to bring it by train to Terminal 1 and check it in there? Thank you.


    What airline are you flying into ORD? If you are on Aer Lingus from Ireland that should be enough time. Those are the only pre-cleared flights that arrice in Terminal 5. It you give more specifics on your first flight I can help you more. Is everything on the same reservation?


    Thank you, yes Aer Lingus but no, the flights are not on the same reservation, they are separate. I presume I can check in online for the United flight in advance so should have my boarding pass when I arrive at O'Hare.


    You have to bring your bags to T1 to re-check them with United since it's on separate reservations.


    Thanks so do you think I have enough time to do that in the 2hrs15? And I definitely can't check the re-check the bag after customs in T5, even if I have the United boarding pass?


    There is no capability for United to put a new tag on your bag in T5, you need to take it to T1. This is a very difficult connection.


    Do you think I have enough time in the 2hrs15? That is the query. If not, can you clarify why this is difficult - what part exactly is the problem?


    I forgot that you will be precleared. You should have just enough time. The main risks are the time for your checked baggage to come out and the security line in terminal 1.


  • Baggage ?
    Sep 3, 2016
    Arr from MSP on United .Bought ticket from UA thru to Zurich.will they transfer my bag to SWISS automatically ?


    Yes, you just have to take the ATS Train from T1 to T5 and go through security.


  • time to clear customs
    Sep 3, 2016
    My son's flight from Narita to ORD was delayed. He has 1h5m to make his connection to ATL. Any chance he can clear customs in that time?


    It's very unlikely.


  • Zurich -> ORD -> Toronto | 80 min layover
    Sep 3, 2016
    I'll have 80 min in ORD to catch a connecting flight to Toronto. All flights are booked on the same itinerary (so I think I can check my luggage to Toronto). Will that be enough to complete all formalities? Thanks


    You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, take the ATS Train to your departure terminal, and through security. You do not have enough time. You realistically need at least 2 hours.


  • Connection Time & Customs
    Sep 6, 2016
    I am connecting between Arrival Terminal 5 and Departing Terminal 2. I have 1:25 to connect between terminals. What is the fastest way to transfer between the terminals and to go through Custom & Immigration? If I have liquids, sealed in a duty free bag with receipt, will I be able to carry it through as well.


    No, that is not enough time and no, you cannot bring liquids through security as a carry-on even in a sealed duty-free bag. You need at bare minimum of 2 hours for such a transfer.


    I will travel to Cincinnati with my wife on 13/09/16 by British airways via London and Chicago. Chicago arrival time 1835 and departure 2130 by American airways. I option to wheel chair option to my wife will that be enough all farmalities including custom entries


  • 1hr 25mins
    Sep 1, 2016
    I am transiting through ORD terminal 5 from London on BA and connecting with AA to Pittsburgh. Will 1hr 25mins be enough to connect through terminal 3. Since am a first time traveler what security/customs checks will I be going through. It's a one booking.


    No, that is not enough time. You have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go up two levels to the ATS Train, take it to Terminal 3, and go through security.


    Aug 31, 2016
    If my flight comes from Munich and lands at 6:25 PM Saturday, and my connection leaves 8:50PM, do I have enough time to make it? I am a US citizen....I may have Global entry by then (or may not). I will have checked luggage.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Aug 30, 2016
    I'm flying from Toronto to San Diego with United Airlines. I have a 1h33min transfer time. I'm a European citizen and I'll probably check a bag. Would I have enough 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.


  • International Connection
    Aug 30, 2016
    I'm flying from SNA to Rome via ORD. I have 1:45 in Chicago. United says that is enough time and arriving and departure flights are both in Terminal 1. Is the process retrieve bags, go through immigration, them customs, recheck bag and then go to gate?


    There is no US Customs or Immigration when leaving the US. You don't have to do anything with your bags in Chicago on your way to Rome. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


    Wow - thank you. Assume we will just show our passports to the agent when we check in? THANK YOU for the prompt reply!!!


    Yes, you will show your passports to the agent in SNA when you check in and the gate agent in ORD when you board your flight.


  • Connection in ORD with 1 hour 50 mins
    Aug 30, 2016
    Hello all. I'll be arriving at ORD Terminal 5 around 6 pm and have to catch a flight to Alaska at 7:55 pm. I have to go to Terminal 3. Should that be enough time for all the immigration and check-in? I'm a US citizen by the way. Also, I read somewhere that there are check-in desks for domestic flights at Terminal 5 after the customs. Is that true? Thank you


    If these are both on the same reservation, yes, you can re-check your bags in Terminal 5 after you clear customs and then take the ATS To Terminal 3 and go through security. You have just enough time. If it's two separate reservations this is practically impossible.


    Thank you. They are seperate reservations. I'm flying in with Turkish Airlines and fly out with Alaska. So it's definitey impossible?


    Yes, that is definitely impossible.


  • How to get from Terminal 1 to terminal 5? Go through security again?
    Aug 29, 2016
    Traveling from DIA on United to ORD, then leaving ORD for Dublin. Layover in ORD is 2 hrs. 16 min. Do I walk between terminals? Or a bus? Do I do security again at terminal 5. Checking bag through from DIA to Dublin but will have carry-on.


    You take the ATS Train to Terminal 5. yes, you will have to go through security again in Terminal 5. You should have enough time if the flight from Denver is on-time.


  • British Airways plane change
    Aug 29, 2016
    Is 1.5 hours enough time to get from domestic BA gate to BA int'l gate?


    There is no such thing as a "domestic BA gate" in Chicago. British Airways does not fly domestic flights in the US. Where are you flying from and to?


    Aug 29, 2016
    We've booked a flight from Denver to Dublin with a 2h40m layover in Chicago. Looks like we land in terminal 1 and depart from terminal 5. Should this be enough time to make our flight assuming the first flight is on time? It's United to Chicago and Aer Lingus to Dublin, all under the same reservation.


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will have to take the ATS Train to Terminal 5 and go through security.


  • Terminal 1 to terminal 5
    Aug 30, 2016
    I have a flight delay and need to get from terminal 1 to terminal 5 in an hour and 15 minutes to go to Sweden on SAS. Is that doable and any tips to faster? Will I have to security again?


    Yes, you have to go through security again in Terminal 5. I hope you made it.


    Thank you! I ended up only having 30 minutes! And... I made it!! #ninjawarrior :) I was a C1! (I cried in joy and exhaustion when I got to my gate and as a tip I also was on the phone with the airline and had them call the gate to let them know I was coming! :)


  • Layover 1hr 22min
    Aug 29, 2016
    Hi my flight (ANA operated by United) arrives at Terminal 1 with 1hr22min layover til my next flight to NRT (also on ANA) also in Terminal 1. Would I have enough time? I'm worry I'll miss my flight as I usually go with non-stop flights.


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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