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  • Re-check bags, ats time?
    Aug 14, 2013
    Hi! Coming from Canada to terminal 2 and will transfer to terminal 5 to a flight that leaves for Copenhagen. Will I have to claim my bags and check them again at terminal 5? Also, how long does it take to get to terminal 5 from terminal 2?


    Were both of your tickets bought on one reservation? Where in Canada are you coming from? It takes about 20 minutes to get from T2 to T5 via the ATS.


    Thank you! They were both bought from StarAlliance members, coming with Air Canada, leaving with SAS. Coming from Calgary, Canada.


    So in that case your bags will be checked through and you will clear US Immigration in Calgary, so all you'll have to do in Chicago is get yourself from T2 to T5 and go back through security. Your bags will be transferred automatically.


    Thanks a lot!


  • Conencting to Quebec
    Aug 8, 2013
    I just booked my flight so don't have gate info yet but based on past flights can you tell me term/gate I might likely arrive/depart and if I will have enough time- I'm arriving on UA734 from San Francisco at 12:20pm and departing 1:20pm for Quebec City on United Express 619


    You will arrive in Terminal 1, concourse B or C. Your flight to Quebec City could depart from pretty much anywhere in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, which are connected beyond security. For example, today it is scheduled to depart from C28, but yesterday it used F11C.


  • New 1-stop program Chicago O'Hare.
    Aug 15, 2013
    I saw on the web that Chicago O'Hare now has a 1-stop program for carry-on luggage only making the process faster thru Customs.


    At ORD, international passengers ARRIVING at Terminal 5 without checked baggage can now use expedited '1-Stop' customs processing express lanes.


    Is the ATS train on the same floor as Customs?? Also, how does it work it get the orange card for faster connectiions?? Thank You


    How long does it take to get to T1 from T5?? Also, we have 2 hr 10 min to get from T5 to T1 and hoping with the One Stop Program we can make the connection. But, does security have a Express Lane?? thank you


    Before getting to the One Stop Lane do you still do the APC or just have the custom card completed for the Agent - Thank You


    The ATS train is not on the same floor as customs. It is on the departure level (top level and you actually have to go even one level higher up to get up and over the access road to get to the ATS train). You have enough time to get between T5 and T1. The are no special security lanes in T1 unless you are a United mileage plus premier member. However, the security checkpoint on the far left side of T1 (closest to T2) usually has the shortest lines.


  • 2h 10m connetion time
    Aug 2, 2013
    Arriving vom Germany at ORD 2.55 pm. Connecting Flight to LAS is at 5 pm. Will this be enough time? And what is to do after landing?


    Yes, that should be enough time. What airlines are you taking?


    it is a lufthansa / United flight.


    What is our way at the airport: bags, customs, passport controll.... Do we have to carry our bags to domestic terminal?


    You will go through immigration, claim your bags, and re-check your bags after customs in Terminal 5. Then take the ATS train from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1, where you will go through security and your flight to Las Vegas will depart.


  • Canada to Us to Mex
    Jul 31, 2013
    Travelling from Ottawa Canada,to Pv Mex, via Chicago and returning Mex to Ottawa via Chicago. Departing Canada I believe I clear Us customs in Ottawa, so bags will be checked all the way to Mex ? Returning I land at Term 5, with 2hr layover, do I claim bags here, and go through customs, then on to Term 2 for last leg to Ottawa this enough time to make connection?


    Yes, you have the procedure correct on the way to Mexico. Yes, on the way back you will have to claim your bags in immigration in T5, then re-check them after customs, then take the ATS train to T2. That should be enough time, but barely. Also, some United Express flights from ORD to YOW leave from T1, not T2, so be sure to check the monitors before you get on the ATS.


  • terminal 1 to 5
    Jul 30, 2013
    Will reach from Cincinnati by united airlines. Need to go to terminal 5 to travel by Quatar Airways. Do I need to move with luggage ? How much time will be required for the transfer


    You could actually arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 from Cincinnati, but regardless of where you arrive you will take the ATS train to Terminal 5. If your bags aren't check through to Qatar Airways you will have to claim your baggage in T1 and take it with you. If you have to claim your baggage and re-check in T5, I would budget at least 2 hours, and even that would leave no room for delays.


  • t5 duty free shop but my flight is in t3
    Jul 29, 2013
    Hi..I will fly from Cincinnati to Beijing, Ohare is my transfer station. I am taking aa5019 to Ohare and aa187 to Beijing. I notice that aa5019 stops at t3 and so does aa187. But I wanna get something in the duty free shop at t5. What should I do? Do I need security check when I go to T5 from T3 with some stuff bought from DF shop? Thanks very much.


    There is a small Duty Free near the international departure gates in T3.


  • Enough time for connection and grab food?
    Jul 28, 2013
    We arrive a UA fight from SF. We then have 45 minutes to make our connection on a UA Express flight to Roanoke VA. Is there enough time to grab food to go and make it for the flight? Do you know which terminals we will be in? Traveling with 2 kids who will need to eat on the connecting flight. OH and if you have any restaurant recos that would be awesome. Thanks!!


    United's domestic flights are in both Terminals 1 & 2, United Express is in Terminal 2 - a post-security walkway connects both. As to food: You have the choice of either (a) food delivery to your gate: Apple App Store & Android Market make the B4 YOU BOARD available, where you can order from participating HMSHost restaurants free food delivery; or (b) open and click on 'Airport Information' /'Restaurants', then choose Terminals 1 or 2 at top. As you need to be at the gate area at least 15 minutes prior to departure time, going to a restaurant is probably not a good idea.


    There's a McDonald's in Terminal 2, where your Roanoke flight will probably depart. You can grab food from there really quickly probably. You can also get some sandwiches and pack them and eat them on the plane from San Francisco.


    thanks so much! i'm curious to try the app.


    mcd's s is our fall back :-)


  • Connection Time
    Jul 25, 2013
    My daughter is arriving at Terminal 5 and will have two hours to get luggage and take to United in Terminal 1 or 2. How is the best way to do this and will she be OK time-wise?


    If she has to re-check luggage with United (that hasn't been checked through to her destination at her international origin) she has to do that in T1. The only way to get from T5 to T1 is via the ATS train. It takes about 15-20 minutes. She will probably be OK if her first flight is on-time. If her bags are checked through to her destination, she can re-check them after customs in T5 and then take the ATS to T1 or T2, wherever her flight departs. If you post more info on her flights I can help you more.


  • Terminal 2 to terminal 5 how to dó that
    Jul 17, 2013
    Hello, I have to go from terminal 2 to terminal 5 i come from salt Lake City and go to Denmark, I have 2 hour, how dó I come from 2 till 5??


    No flights from Salt Lake City arrive in Terminal 2. What airlines are you flying?


    Flight ua 6227 tomorrow


    Sorry, had wrong airport. When you arrive in Terminal 2 at O'Hare, you take the ATS train to get to Terminal 5. It should take about 20 minutes from your gate until security in Terminal 5.


  • Connection T5-T3 doable in 90 mins
    Jul 19, 2013
    Hello - I really would appreciate your kind help - I am arriving on AA0091 from London LHR to T5 at 8.05pm and have 90 mins to reach T3 to depart with AA 2359 to Dallas DFW at 9.40pm. Will I have to go through pass control, customs and check my luggage out/in? If this is the case I won't have sufficient time I believe? However a colleauge told me guest traveling on AA flights or code sharing AA/BA flights have now new option, there is a bus connecting T5/T3 so that they do not need to leave security area? Please would you advise what shall I expect? I am truly worried.


    Yes, you will have to do all of those things. Any time you enter the US you have to go back through security. The bus can only be used when you are flying into T3 and out of T5. You will have to go through immigration/customs/re-check and then take the ATS train to T3. Immigration shouldn't be that bad that late at night and American does have one later flight to DFW if you miss your connection.


    Thank you for passing the information. I wish I could change the booking. Too late. So not even my luggage would be checked through? Are you sure there is one more flight, hence I cannot find it. Thank you again.


  • International traveller
    Jul 18, 2013
    Hi I am traveling from mumbai ,India to phonix on ehiad airlines. Mumbai -abudhabi-Chicago-phonix my port of entry is Chicago. And destination is phonix. My immigration check and custom clearance will be done at Chicago or phonix. Thanks


    It will be done in Chicago. You will clear customs, re-check your bags if your bags are checked through to Phoenix, then take the ATS train from T5 to T3 if your flight to Phoenix is on American, T2 if it is on US Airways, or T1 if it is on United.




    Is 4 hours between two flight is safe?


  • Time enough, pls. help....
    Jul 16, 2013
    Would it be enough time to get my flight, 2:40PM from Terminal 5, if I arrive at Union Station with Amtrak at 11:45AM. Thanks for help


    Yeah, I think so. It's about an hour from Union Station to the Clinton Blue Line stop to O'Hare. Then maybe 10-15 minutes to get to the ATS in T2 and take it to T5. So you'd get to the counter around 1-1:15 PM I think.


  • 45 Minute connecting flight
    Jul 13, 2013
    First time flyer... I'm flying United from Harrisburg at 7:52AM on a Sunday and will be arriving in Chicago at 8:45AM ..... The connecting flight is also United and is scheduled to depart at 9:30AM, will I have enough time?


    Not sure if this matters but both flights are UA but my connecting flight says "Operated by Skywest Airlines dba United Express" And I'm flying from Chicago to Des Moines.


    Yes, that should be enough time. Your first flight will arrive in Terminal 1 concourse B or C. Your second flight will likely depart from Terminal 2 concourse E or F. You do not have to go through security when going between those two terminals if you follow the signs.


  • Worried about my connection time!
    Jul 12, 2013
    So I booked a flight going from Richmond, VA - layover in Chicago - then to Grand Rapids, MI at the end of August. Both of my flights are American Airlines and so I know they will both be in Terminal 3. My layover time is 30 minutes. I'm scheduled to land in ORD at 7:10, and my next flight is scheduled to take off at 7:40. Will that be enough time??? I know since it's in the same terminal it wont be completely on the other side of the airport, but I'm afraid of having to go through security again, or needing to go up or down stairs.. or anything that would take up time instead of being able to just get out the first gate and run right over to the next one. I've never flown by myself before, and it's been over 10 years since I've flown at all, so I'm nervous, and I just want to know if I should be able to make my next flight okay. Thank you!! :)


    You won't have to go through security again and both of your flights will probably be in the G concourse.


    So it should be a relatively easy layover then? I've been looking at the same flight numbers this week and they've all been running perfectly on time, in fact the first flight landing in ORD has been early almost every time too. I'm just nervous so I'm asking for outside opinions. :/ lol


    Yes, it should be pretty easy. I'm guessing your arrival is at 7:10 AM, not PM if the on-time stats have been so good? If so even if you miss you'll have plenty of opportunities to be re-booked on a later flight to GRR if you miss your connection and yes, early morning flights tend to run on-time more often.


    Yes, I apologize for not specifying in the beginning, it's all in the AM because I'm meeting my boyfriend and his family up there for a vacation and want to get there as early as possible and spend the whole day there instead of flying in later on. Thank you for your help!


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