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  • 6:30 pm American Airlines to Newark on Sat Nov 26th
    Nov 25, 2016
    How early should I be at the airport to clear TSA. Will there be long security lines on Saturday the 26th To make a 6:30pm domestic flight with ease?


  • when to arrive?
    Nov 23, 2016
    We are a family of 6 flying out of O'hare on a friday in January. Flight is American 2;55pm departure. How early do I have to get there usually if I need to check 6 bags? Is 1:30 early enough? I'm asking beacsue our timing is very tight.


    1:30 should be early enough but doesn't leave a whole lot of time to spare, especially if it's MLK day weekend.


  • Arrival time for international flight Nov 26
    Nov 16, 2016
    I am flying to Ireland at 4pm on Sat Nov 26. Due to the holiday weekend should I arrive earlier than 1pm?


    There's no need for that. The International Terminal won't be any more busy than normal.


  • Traveling to Mexico - Thanksgiving travel
    Nov 11, 2016
    My flight leaves at 6am the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. What time should I be at the airport?


    Security opens at 3:15. I suggest arriving by 4.


  • do we need to clear customs
    Oct 26, 2016
    We are flying from Dublin Ireland to terminal 3 O Hare arriving @11.45 with connecting flight to Dallas departing @14.25 also from terminal 3 both flights with American Airlines. Do we need to clear customs or can we just transfer to departures from arrivals. I am assuming that our baggage will transfer directly. Any information please.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3. You have plenty of time.


  • Pay $10 to get to the Water Tower place (downtown chicago) from ORD?
    Oct 21, 2016
    Hi! For all those who travel back and forth from the city to the airport, given the current traveling options (Train, Bus, Uber), will you pay $10 for a car service to get from the Water Tower Place to the airport?


  • 7:20pm How early to arrive?
    Oct 20, 2016
    How early should I get to OHare for a 7:20pm Thursday flight to London on American with checked luggage? TSA pre


    Since you have checked bags, I'd want to be there between 5-5:30 PM just to be safe, even though with precheck security shouldn't take very long.


  • International Connection
    Oct 17, 2016
    I am flying United from Tokyo to Toronto with a layover in Chicago (NRT > ORD > YYZ) all on one ticket. I will have 2 checked baggages. Will I be arriving from Terminal 5 and departing at Terminal 1? Will my baggages be delivered to Toronto directly without rechecking them, and will I need to go through US Customs? 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 Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 (check the monitors for your departure gate, if it's E or F get off at T2), then go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thanks so much for the details!


  • how early should we arrive
    Oct 16, 2016
    Going to London Leaving at 8:30 pm How early should we arrive. Party of four, adults


    Get there by 6:30


  • From Montreal to Tokyo
    Oct 10, 2016
    Hi, I am flying from Montreal into O'Hare on Air Canada and have 1.5 hours to get my connecting flight to Tokyo (ANA). Do I enough time? Do I have to go through customs again? I will have 1 checked bag.. Thanks for your help. Ed.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate in Terminal 2 to your departure gate in Terminal 1. There is a walkway connecting them inside security. You have enough time.


    Thank you so much. Ed.


  • How early to arrive Early Sat with TSA Pre
    Oct 7, 2016
    7 am united flight to Washington DC. One checked bag. Me and a child, both TSA Pre. Was planning on just before 6. Cutting it too close?


    Eh with precheck it's probably fine, but I'd probably get there a little sooner because of the checked bag.


  • Arriving 2 hours early, enough for 5:42pm Wed United departure?
    Oct 2, 2016
    If we arrive 2 hours early to ORD, is that early enough for a Wednesday 5:42pm departure on United? Or shall we arrive to ORD earlier than that?


    Yes, that should be enough time.




    We think this is reasonable you will be fine


    Thank you for your input!


  • International Flight Tonight at 7:15 pm
    Oct 1, 2016
    I am flying out of O'Hare tonight at 7:15 pm (international) and have to check a bag. What time should I arrive?


    Hi we would suggest you give your self at the airport at least 1.5/ Hours. also please note depending which town you will be leaving for airport.


    I suggest arriving at 5:15 or so.


  • short layover domestic flight
    Sep 21, 2016
    I'll be flying to Dayton from Des Moines, layover in Chicago. both flights are with United. Is 1h15 layover enough? I am an EU citizen. Do I have to go through immigration again and re-check my baggage? Thanks!


    Yes, that is enough time. There is no US Immigration or customs when traveling within the US (Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa are all in the United States). You also don't have to do anything with your baggage. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Transfer at ORD from YYZ going to HNL
    Sep 21, 2016
    Hello I am a Canadian, leaving from YYZ on a United/AC flight and connecting at ORD on to aUnited Honalulu flight. The connection time is 1hour 18 mins at ORD. Will that be sufficient? Will I clear customs in TO? Thanks


    Yes, 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 have enough time.


    Thanks. Will I have to change terminals?


    You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 1. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway.


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