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  • Lost Cell Phone
    Mar 24, 2017
    Black Motorola smartphone left at gate C10 on Thursday March 23 1035h. My phone is still turned on and I can't find anyone to help me. Suggestions please.


  • International connecting to Jet Blue - Baggage
    Mar 26, 2017
    We flew in to ORD on Korean Air and our connecting flight was on Jet Blue to Boston. As we exited customs, we were told by airport personnel that American Airlines handles Jet Blue's luggage when arriving internationally, and we were instructed by airport personnel outside customs to leave our luggage with American which was on our left as we exited customs. We are now missing 6 bags. Were we instructed properly? Or should we have carried our 6 bags on the train to terminal 3 where Jet Blue was? We have never had this issue at JFK


    I do not believe you were instructed properly. As you may know JetBlue is very small in Chicago and very large in JFK. So they don't have the same procedures in place in Chicago.


    Also, were your bags tagged to your final destination or were they only tagged to Chicago? If they were only tagged to Chicago and you gave them to American, they would have no way of knowing what to do with them.


    Our bags were tagged all the way to Boston. Yes, we were instructed incorrectly by airport personnel. Apparently there is a 3rd party which handles Jet Blue bags, though we saw no signage which directed Jet Blue passengers. All of our bags were found 36 hours later at American, and are being flown to Boston. We can't be the first ones this has happened to.


    Still no luggage from JetBlue. They had told us the bags were located. Now they say they have no info on them. They say they can't communicate with American since they are not on the same computer system. I guess a phone call to American is too much to ask for. Very frustrating


  • Recheck Luggage Time
    Mar 20, 2017
    Hi i am a U.S. citizen flying back from Madrid to Omaha with a layover in ORD. I know that I have to recheck my bags but I only have a 1 hour and 20 minute layover... Is this enough time?


    Realistically that is not enough time unless the flight from Madrid arrives quite early.


    I think my son is on the same flight from Madrid to O'Hare. He had his wallet and his phone stolen. He has some Euro's but doesn't have a credit card to get wifi on his laptop. I have not been able to get ahold of anyone in the airport to help locate him to get him a credit card number. Any ideas? Final destination is MSP. His flight to ORD is on Iberia 6275. I'm desperate!! Security in airport only speaks Spanish!


  • Chicago to Myrtle Beach - Security
    Mar 17, 2017
    I am flying from Chicago to myrtle beach Saturday morning 3/18. Flight leaves at 7:15 am at ORD. How early should arrive in order to get through security in time.


  • Liberia Costa Rica
    Mar 11, 2017
    Traveling 3/17 to Liberia Costa Rica departs 7:40am United. Need to check bags. What time should we get to O'hare?


    5:30-6 AM


  • Flying to Cancun - how early to arrive?
    Mar 9, 2017
    We are flying on united to Cancun on united. Our flight time is 630am Saturday. We will need to check bags. How early should we arrive at Ohare?


    5 AM.


  • distance, baggage, security
    Mar 2, 2017
    We will be arriving on Choice One Air, Terminal 1, and leaving on United, Terminal 3. Will we have to collect our baggage and go through security. About how much time will we need?


    You have the terminals reversed. Air Choice One uses Terminal 3 and United uses Terminal 1. Yes, you will have to claim your bags in Terminal 3, take them to Terminal 1 (either walk or take the ATS) re-check and go through security. You need at least 2 hours.


  • Layover duration
    Mar 9, 2017
    I will be traveling from Gremany to Honolulu with a stopover at ORD of 135 minutes. Keeping in view that I have to go through immigration and Passport control too; is this duration long enough? How would it help if I skip my check-in luggage? PS: I hold Pakistani passport.


    I plan to travel in mid of June, 2017


    Yes, that is enough time. If you don't check any bags then you don't have to claim and re-check them to go through Customs in the International Terminal, which saves you a few minutes.


    @ZAP. Thanks for the reply. I have heard that security clearance for people having Pakistani or similar passports might take some time. Any experience/knowledge about such cases in particular?


    It really depends on the agent you get.


  • Claim baggage?
    Feb 11, 2017
    I'm flying to ORD to catch a flight to Tel Aviv. I'm flying United Airlines for both flights. Will I need to claim my checked bag and re-enter security/customs or is it possible to check my bag all the way through?


    There are no nonstop flights from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Where exactly are you flying from and to?


    I'm flying to Austria and from there to Tel Aviv.


    I fly to ORD from BHM.


    Your bags will be checked through all the way to Tel Aviv if everything is on the same reservation. However, the flight to Austria is operated by Austrian Airlines and departs from the International Terminal (Terminal 5). You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2. In Chicago you will have to take the ATS Train from your arrival terminal to Terminal 5 and go through security. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


  • Enough time to connect?
    Jan 18, 2017
    I am looking at purchasing a ticket to ORD from ATL, on Delta, arriving at 0824. I have a connecting flight, on ANA, from ORD to BKK that departs at 1100. I will have a checked bag from ORD from ATL. Will the 2hr 30mins be enough time?


    That's just enough time if the Delta flight is on-time. You will have to claim your bag in Terminal 2, take it to Terminal 1, re-check it with ANA, and go through security.


  • 5:15 am, Term 3, how early?
    Dec 28, 2016
    I have a 5:15am flight on Spirit, so I think T3. Two travelers, not pre-check and need to check one bag each. How early should I arrive?


    Sorry - should have added that this will be on a Friday morning (March 3).


    3:45 AM


  • Arriving from MSY (AA) and departure ARN (SAS)
    Dec 28, 2016
    I am flying AA from MSY to ORD (arriving 05:52PM) and departing on SAS to ARN (07:45 PM), 1h 53 min between flights. Is that enough time to make connection? What ORD terminals sill be for arrival and departure?


    You will arrive in Terminal 3 and depart from Terminal 5. Is this two separate reservation or one reservation? Do you have checked bags?


  • Is transit visa required
    Dec 22, 2016
    Hello, I'm a student travelling from India to Toronto via Chicago ORD, I would be taking an Air India Flight and reach Chicago ORD at 6:30 AM on 30 December, my connecting flight is an Air Canada Flight departuring at 8:50 AM from Chicago ORD. Would I require an transit visa and also do I need to collect my baggage and and again check in with it.


    Yes, you need to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to Terminal 2, get your Air Canada boarding passes if you don't already have them, then go through security. You need a US Transit Visa. You should have enough time. You probably should have asked about this more than 8 days before your trip.


  • International Travel
    Mar 6, 2017
    Will arriving 2 hours early for a 7:40 PM flight on a Wednesday night be enough time for international travel? Suggestions on the best place to park (for quick access to check in) would also be appreciated.


    What airline are you flying? Do you have checked bags?


    United or Air Canada and I would most likely check a bag. Thanks for your prompt response ZAP 👍


    Yes, that should be enough time. The closest place to park is the Long Term section of the main parking deck but it's expensive ($35/day). The Economy Lot is further away but you can still reach T1 and T2 in less than 20 minutes and is $17/day for lot E and $10/day for lot G.


    I have a 7:40pm flight on Emirates leaving O'Hare and going to Dubai. If I get to O'Hare at 5:00pm, will I have enough time to check my bag and get through security with TSA precheck?


  • Customs and Baggage
    Dec 19, 2016
    Hi, I'm flying with Delta to Chicago, then Air France from Minneapolis to Paris, then Bulgaria Air to Sofia. Will my luggage be checked to my final destination? Where do I clear customs?


    If all flights are on the same reservation then you will first see your bags when you get to Sofia. You mention you are flying Delta to Chicago and then Air France from Minneapolis to Paris - what happens in between?


    Thank you for your reply. Nothing in between. We have layovers in between flights. So 1 layover in Minneapolis and 1 in Paris before we pickup our flight to Sofia. Do you think we would clear customs in Paris?


    Then why did you mention flying TO Chicago? Are you actually flying Chicago-Minneapolis-Paris-Sofia? If so the first time you will see your baggage is in Sofia. You will not go through passport control in Paris as Bulgaria is not in the Schengen Area even though it is in the EU. There is no US Customs when leaving the US so all you do in Minneapolis is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    SORRY, you're right. I didn't mean to put flying to Chicago. I'm flying from Chicago. So do we clear customs in Sofia then? Sorry for the confusion.


    Yes, in Sofia you will go through Bulgarian Immigration and Customs.


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