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  • Arriving 2 hours early, enough for 5:42pm Wed United departure?
    Oct 1, 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?


  • 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.


  • TERM 1 TO TERM 5
    Sep 18, 2016
    I am arriving in Chicago at Term1 9/20 (from Calif) and have a connecting flight to Dublin from Terminal 5. I have almost 4 hrs between flights but what transportation is there avail. to get to Term. 5


    The ATS Train runs from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 outside security. Just follow the signs for the 5 in an orange box.


  • How early should I arrive
    Sep 16, 2016
    I have a Sunday evening flight in Oct to Seattle on SWA departing at 7:45 pm. How early to I need to be at the airport? Is 1 1/2 hrs enough?


    Southwest does not fly to Chicago-O'Hare Airport. They fly to Chicago-Midway.


    Oops I meant Alaska Air flight on Sunday night at 7:45


    Then get at the airport at about 6 PM.


  • Connection To Toronto
    Sep 12, 2016
    I'm flying from Manhattan, Kansas to Chicago on American, then catching a connecting flight (Air Canada) to Toronto. Time is not an issue because I have a long layover, but I need to know where to go when I get to O'Hare.


    If you have checked bags and your flights are on two separate reservations, you will have to claim them in the Terminal 3 baggage claim, then take them to Terminal 2, re-check them with Air Canada, and go through security. If you don't have checked bags and are already checked in for your flight to Toronto you can just proceed directly to your departure gate in Terminal 2.


    Thanks, I'll have to re-check my bag. Can I walk from Terminal 3 To Terminal 2?


    Yes, it's a very easy walk along the upper level or lower level curbfront.


  • Friend and I arriving at different terminals; best way to meet
    Aug 17, 2016
    I am flying in from Cleveland arriving at terminal 3. My friend is arriving at terminal 1 from Austin. We arrive within 30 mins of each other and want to meet to take the train into the city. How can we accomplish this? Can my friend take the tram to terminal 1 or is he required to go thru security and have a boarding pass to move from one terminal to another?


    He can take the train to Terminal 1. But it would be easier for you to just both walk towards the train and meet in the big atrium where the train ticket machines and turnstiles are.


  • Chicago to Miami to Punta Cana
    Aug 10, 2016
    Departing American Airlines on 9/6, flight scheduled to depart at 5am. We plan to arrive at 3am no checked luggage but will probably print the tickets at the airport. Is this enough time to go through security and get to our gate? Do you know if we would need to change terminals in Miami for our continued flight onto Punta Cana? We have a 55 minute layover. Thank you, we don't travel very much. First time international travel in 35 years.


    Security opens at 3:15, so if you get there at 3 you'll just be waiting for awhile until it opens and will be at the head of the line. All you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you!


  • International Flight
    Jul 28, 2016
    Flying to Costa Rica from ORD on Friday at 9 a.m. from Terminal 5. When should I arrive at airport.


    Are you flying a charter on Xtra Airways? I would arrive at 6:30. Sometimes the check in process for those charters is a mess.


  • Is transit time sufficientfor a flight from LHR-ORD-LEX with 2hr tran?
    Jul 24, 2016
    Hello, I am an Indian citizen travelling from London(LHR) to Kentucky(LEX) via Chicago(ORD). I am ariving ORD at 19:40 and have to catch the domestic flight to LEX at 21:39. Both the flights are of American Airlines. Do you think if this duration of 2hrs sufficient for transit considering immigration, customs baggage check in/out, security etc? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process? Preetam


    That is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. There's nothing you can do to speed up the process other than moving as quickly as you can and having all your documents ready.


  • Can international flight passengers wait in domestic terminals?
    Jul 19, 2016
    My friend is flying international from Chicago and I am flying domestic on the same day. Will my friend be able to wait with me at my terminal until their flight? I fly out 3 hours before they do.


    What airline is your friend flying?


  • Transfer from T1 to T5 One stop and APC?
    Jul 13, 2016
    Hello, I am travelling from Zurich to Charleston SC via Chicago on Sept 2. I only have a carry-on bag and I have an ESTA which I already used to travel to the US. Can I use APC and One Stop or just one of them? Is One Stop also located before Immigration or is the one stop located after immigration in Chicago? Which is faster? I have a 2 hour lay-over before my next flight. Both are UA however first flight is operated by Swiss.


    Yes, you can use either the APC or OneStop. Onestop is located before you get to the main immigration hall, there are signs for it. You should have enough time. Onestop is usually faster.


  • Flying to germany
    Jul 9, 2016
    I'll be flying from Lincoln ne to order do i need to go through customs and if I do however long will.it take for me to get through thanks in advance


    You don;t need to go through customs when leaving the us. Just when you arrive in a different country. I would alow at least 1hr 30min maybe even 2hr 30min if your flight gets delayed or canceled. What airlines are you flying on?


  • 2 or 3 hours early?
    Jul 8, 2016
    I have a flight Sunday morning at 10am. Should I get there at 7 or 8? No checked baggage. Thank you!


    8 should be fine. Lines get shorter mid-morning anyway.


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