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    Mar 18, 2013
    I will arrive at O'Hare tomorrow at 3:20 p.m. on American Eagle (terminal 3?). I need to catch a flight on Aer Lingus at 7:15 (Terminal 5?). How do I get from one terminal to the other? Will there be enough time to accomplish this? Do I need to recheck my bag?


    Were your tickets bought on the same reservation? If so, then American should be able to transfer your bag to Aer Lingus. Otherwise you will have to claim it in T3 and take it to T5. To get from T3 to T5, you exit security, walk through the ticketing level, and across a pedestrian bridge to the ATS train, then take the train from T3 to T5, where you will get your Aer Lingus boarding pass (if you don't already have one) and go back through security. You have plenty of time, as that should only take an hour or so.


  • international flight
    Mar 18, 2013
    I will be arriving to Chicago from St Louis at 07.55.pm (April 8th) then leaving from Chicago to Munich, Germany at 08.50pm. As my baggage will be checked-in at STL for final destination, I am interested whether I'll arrive and need to leave from the same terminal (2) and will these 55 mins I have at disposal are doable. Thanks in advance.


    Your Munich flight will depart from Terminal 1 and you will probably arrive in Terminal 2. You can walk between these gates without having to go through security again. It takes about 20 minutes worst case to walk between T1 and T2.


  • international security wait times
    Mar 12, 2013
    I am flying SAS to sweden on April 1st at about 5 PM or so. How early should I safely arrive at the airport given whatever sequester effects may be in place next month.


    2:30-3PM should be fine


  • Connection time T1 to T2
    Mar 12, 2013
    Although a "legal" connection, is 43 min. adequate time to connect T1-T2?


    Yes, you can easily walk between anywhere in T1 and T2 within 15-20 minutes. However, it doesn't leave much margin for error in case of delays.


  • Are times accurate given the sequester?
    Mar 19, 2013
    Are the less than 5 mins wait times accurate for post-TSA cuts?


    Those things aren't updated very regularly - it really depends on what terminal and what time of day.


    Just an update, I was at ORD on Friday and things seemed perfectly normal.


  • enough time
    Mar 9, 2013
    we fly in on AA from st Louis to T3 gate H9 and must make way to T1 concourse B gate B6 for flight to Tampa. we have 50 mins between flights.


    You can walk from T3 to T1 without having to go through security again. If your first flight is on time and you don't have any bags or you check your bags through to TPA you can make it. That's a really weird connection - (AA to UA).


  • Enough Time?
    Mar 7, 2013
    Question - Is 1 hr 20 min enough time to make a connecting flight from AA 550 (from LA ) to AA 4282 (to Kitchener, Canada)? Do I need to pick up my checked bag and recheck? Do I need to go through security again? Thanks!


    On the way to Kitchener you will not have to pick up your bag or go through security again. Both of your flights will be in Terminal 3. You clear Canadian immigration in Kitchener. Your bag will be checked straight through.


  • Immigration time
    Mar 2, 2013
    I will be arriving on a Sunday at 7pm. How long should I expect to wait until immigration is cleared?


    probably won't be too bad - most of the big widebody flights from Europe and Asia get in earlier than that, so it will just be the flights from Mexico and the Caribbean.


  • Air France Lounge
    Mar 2, 2013
    Terrible lounge. Very depressing, outdated, and weakly stocked.


  • American to Alaska Airlines
    Feb 28, 2013
    I am flying from Flint, Michigan so they're usually smaller airplanes with American Airlines, then switching to Alaska Airlines to go to Seattle, Washington. I have 55 minutes to get to my connecting flight to Seattle via Alaska Airlines. I see they're both in Term 3, is that the case? So I should have enough time to get from point A to B and not have to re go through security? Originally I was under the impression I was switching terminals until I looked at which terminals are with what airlines. Thanks.


    At ORD you arrive & depart from T3, which has Concourses G, H, K & L with corresponding gates. Look at overhead screens on arrival to find your flight number and gate, then follow signs. You have sufficient transfer time.


    Yes, actually both of your flights will be within Concourse L so it will be an easy connection.


    Feb 27, 2013
    I am flying into Terminal 1 on United and departing from Terminal 2 on US Airways, must I go through security again? Also how long of a walk between the 2 terminals.


    At ORD you have a choice of walking or taking the ATS train, both options, however, require you to go through security check. A pedestrian tunnel connects T1 to T2; the ATS train departs on the upper levels.


    That advice is 100% incorrect. You can walk from T1 to T2 without having to go through security again. There is no "Tunnel" - it's just a regular walkway connecting the terminals


    thanks for reply, but I received to replys one says yes to security and yours no? confused?


    I did not include the third option, thinking it may be too complicated: On thsecured upper level departure, right after you walk from T2's gate F8 past gate F1, at right end a connector to Terminal 1, where you will arrive again in the secured area, and where you should proceed to B or C gates (at gate B6, walk past gate B8 (at right), take walkway to C gates, turn left to gate C15.)


    I did not include the third option, thinking it may be too complicated: On the secured upper level departure, right after you walk from T2's gate F8 past gate F1, there is at right end a connector to Terminal 1, where you will arrive again in the secured area, and where you should proceed to B or C gates (at gate B6, walk past gate B8 (at right), take walkway to C gates, turn left to gate C15.)


    I have walked from T1 to T2 without going through security dozens of times, The walkway leaves T1 near the Low B gates (around gate B4-B5). Trust me on this one. wefeb is wrong.


  • transfer of Baggage & natureof checkings
    Feb 26, 2013
    I am proceeding From Memphis to Hyderabad on 1st Mar By 6-00 am.byAmerican eagle airlines arrivng in T3..I have to board Air India flight No AI 0126 in T5. Wiil you please clear me about my baggage transfer to air india flight.In myonward Journy to Memphis the baggage checked in Hyderabad ia delivered at Baggage claim at Memphis. Is this same practice wiil fallow in my return Journy to Hyderabad. At Delhi Layover time is hardly 1.5 Hours. Is it sufficent to re board the plane. Finally pl answer what checkings i have to clear at Chcago and Delhi. Please reply. Thanking you. gopalakrishna


    If you bought your tickets on one reservation then American will transfer your bag to Air India. Make sure the bag is checked through to HYD when you check it in Memphis. You just have to get yourself from T3 to T5 in ORD via the ATS train, make sure you have your Air India boarding pass, and then go through security. On the return to Chicago, you will go through US immigration in Terminal 5, then re-check the bag with American and then take the ATS train to T3 and go through security there.


  • Quick Visit
    Feb 25, 2013
    I am flying though O'Hare with about 3 hours layover. Trying to do a quick visit and meal with a family member; what are the options outside of security?


    Open www.ifly.com/ord, then click on "ORD Airport Services" under QUICK LINKS & choose "Restaurants & Stores"


    I tried that, terminal 3 restaurants all say after security. It will be difficult for me to have a meal with a family that lives in Chicago I guess we can just sit somewhere and talk


  • Change airlines
    Feb 24, 2013
    I fly into O'Hare on Spirit and then fly out on American Eagle. I have to collect baggage and re-ticket, will I be able to get to American ticket counter from baggage claim area?


    All you have to do is go up the escalator from the baggage claim level to the ticketing level of Terminal 3.


  • Baggage Change from United to Express?
    Feb 24, 2013
    We will arrive in Terminal 1 on United with 1 hr 46 min to switch to Terminal 2 for a United Express flight. Do we need to do anything with our baggage because of the switch and if so, how does that work and will we have enough time?


    As both flights are United flights you won't have to worry about your bags. On arrival at ORD, jst follow signs to the ATS train, which runs every few minutes between the terminals. Terminal 2 has Concourses E & F with corresponding gates. The screens above will show you flight & gate numbers.


    That is incorrect - Do NOT take the ATS between T1 and T2. You can easily walk between the two. Taking the ATS will mean you will have to go through security again, which isn't necessary if you walk. You have plenty of time.


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