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  • Terminal connections
    May 29, 2015
    I'm flying from Kansas City to ORD on American which arrives on T3, then flying Aer Lingus which departs from T5, I understand I need to take the train over and I have 1 1/2 hours connection time, but I just realized that if I check baggage I'll have to recheck it and it's probably not enough time, would I also need to clear security again in T5?


    Yes, you will have to go through security again in T5 and yes, your connection time would make it difficult for you to transfer baggage, even if your AA flight is on-time.


  • Changing Airlines after Customs
    Jun 9, 2015
    Hi, I will be flying from Brussels to ORD and then changing airlines (separate ticket) to my final destination. Will I have to go out to general ticketing, recheck and go through security again or can I check into my next flight within security?


    You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags and go through US Customs. You will then be outside security on the lower level of Terminal 5. Your next step depends on what airline you are taking for your next flight. What airline are you taking and where are you going? I hope you left at least 2.5 hours between flights.


    Thank you for your reply. I will be arriving on a Lufthansa flight but then taking a flight from ORD to Des Moines. I haven't purchased the leg ORD to DSM ticket yet, as I read that you can check-in/check luggage with American Airlines or United (?) without having to go to general ticketing, rather than they can get your bags checked and you checked in just after customs. Does this ring true?


    The desk in Terminal 5 is generally only able to accept bags that are already tagged to their final destination. If you book your ticket to DSM on United you may be able to show your confirmation to the Lufthansa agent at your origin and have your bag tagged through to DSM. They would likely not do this if you buy an AA flight to DSM. If your bags aren't tagged to DSM you will have to take them with you to your departure terminal to have them tagged to DSM and pay a checked bag fee.


  • 35 minute layover - is this enough time
    Apr 29, 2015
    I am flying from San Diego to Toledo on American Airlines and have a 35 min layover at O'Hare. does anybody know if the connecting flights will be in the same terminal and if 35 minutes is enough time for me to catch the next plane?


    Yes, both flights will be in Terminal 3, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. if your first flight is on-time you should have enough time.


  • Time Crunch!
    Apr 24, 2015
    When My tickets (my own and 3 children) were purchased I had a 57min connection time in Chicago on my return from Boston to Calgary, Alberta. However, as the trip approaches that has been changed to 28 minutes! I am not an experienced traveler and my children have never travelled. What do I do? And How do we make our connection in time? TIA,


    It's possible but it depends on your flight being on-time or preferably early. Since it was an involuntary schedule change, you can contact your airline or travel agent and request an earlier flight from Boston.


  • connecting to domestic flight from international flight
    Apr 18, 2015
    My daughter is flying home from London next week and will land at OHare, change to a domestic flight, and then to Inidianapolis. My question is what does she do with her luggage once she clears customs? Does she need to recheck it and if so, where? It looks like she will need to take a shuttle from terminal five to her domestic flight terminal, is that also true? Both flights, international and domestic are booked on one ticket. Really looking for info about ALL the steps she will have to do. Thanks!


    What airlines is she flying? She will be able to re-check her baggage at the transfer desk in Terminal 5. Terminals 1-3 are connected to Terminal 5 by the ATS train.


  • Flight connection
    Apr 1, 2015
    Girlfriend coming thru Chicago connecting to Fargo, 1 hour 41 minute layover, she is not U.S. citizen but has visa, flight is a Friday around 630pm is this enough time, says 4 hours 16 minutes Cabo to ohare that seems to long?


    Am I interpreting correct that she is flying Cabo San Lucas to O'Hare then to Fargo? 4 hrs 16 minutes is about the correct length for an SJD-ORD flight. 1 hr 41 minutes is sufficient for the connection. She will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim her bags, go through US Customs, then re-check her bags at the transfer desk, then if she is flying AA to Fargo, will take the ATS Train to Terminal 3. If she is flying United Express to Fargo she needs to check the monitors. If her departure gate is in Concourse B or C she needs to go to Terminal 1, if it's E or F she needs to go to Terminal 2. Then she will go through security and to her gate.


    Yes cabo Chicago then fargo, It is american eagle to Fargo, I just flew cabo to Minneapolis and was only 3 and half hours that's why I question the 4 hours 16 minutes.. Thanks


    4 hrs 16 minutes includes taxi time as well as a certain amount of "buffer" time so that the flight can arrive on-time even if it leaves a bit late.


  • 1hr 25mins Layover - Not Sure if Sufficient
    Mar 31, 2015
    I am flying from Toronto (YYZ) to Tokyo-Narita (NAR) via ORD. Flight from YYZ on American Eagle lands at ORD at 11h10 and my connecting flight to NAR on Japan Airlines leaves ORD at 12h35. Booked on one ticket. Will have husband and parents on the trip, and they walk slower than I do. Will the timing be sufficient to get from one gate to the other? Also, will we need to pick up and re-check bags on the way? I believe we may need to transfer terminals, though. Thank you kindly!


    You have enough time. You will not have to claim your baggage or change terminals. 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, both in Terminal 3.


  • CLT to Chicago- to DUB
    Mar 4, 2015
    Hi I was wondering if 1 hr 30 minutes was enough layover time? I will be flying United from CLT to Chicago, then Aer Lingus to Dublin, all booked through United.com. Will I have to go through security again? Which terminals will be using? Thanks for your help.


    You will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2 and depart from Terminal 5. You will have to exit your arrival terminal and take the ATS Train to Terminal 5 and go through security. You should have enough time.


    Feb 28, 2015
    Flying United from BZN to ORD and connecting to Turkiah Airlines to IST. What do I need to do for checked baggage and security?


    If you purchased your tickets on one reservation then your bags will be transferred automatically and you just have to take the ATS Train from T1 or T2 where you will arrive to T5 where you will depart and go through security.


  • 4:30PM to 5:15PM
    Feb 27, 2015
    I will be arriving O'Hare (ORD) at 4 30 pm and have to make a connecting flight to FRA (Frankfurt, Germany) at 5:15 pm. Is this enough time? Would I have to go through customs? what terminals would I arrive and depart?


    If your first flight is on United, you will arrive in Terminal 1. If it is on United Express you will arrive in Terminal 1 or 2. They are connected inside security by a walkway. You will depart from Terminal 1 whether your flight to Frankfurt is on United or Lufthansa. You do not go through US Customs when departing the US. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • OMA to IAH via ORD
    Feb 23, 2015
    is 44 minutes enough time for transfer at ORD?


    Yes. It is if your first flight is on-time.


  • Infrequent traveler
    Feb 10, 2015
    Arriving ord AA4306 departing AA187 to PEK. How do I get from a to b?


    Both flights will be in Terminal 3 and in fact both will be on the H/K concourse. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.




  • Connections
    Feb 7, 2015
    This is the first time I will be flying internationally. I leave YEG-ORD-Bradley intl. but I'm freaking out I have no idea where to go after I get of the plane. Do I go get my checked luggage then to immigration n customs or immigration bags then customs an then recheck bags!?!. It a bit late but help plz and also terminal 5 sound like far away fro me I only have 57mim


    You will pre-clear US Immigration in Edmonton. All you have to do in Chicago is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You do not have to go to or from Terminal 5. You have enough time.


    Ok I guess I was misinformed before because many told me I would have to to all the custom stuff In ORD. Well thanx a lot ey!


  • enough time
    Jan 22, 2015
    Hi I am flying from SNA to Ohare via united and only have 40 mins to fly to newark. will i have to go through security?


    No, both gates will be in Terminal 1 and all United gates at ORD are connected inside security.


    Jan 6, 2015
    I will be flying from Savannah, GA to ORD. I then have a 1 hr layover before catching a flight to Moline, IL. It will be myself and my three kids. We will have carry on luggage. Will this layover time be enough? Thanks!


    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. If both flights are on United Express they will likely both be in Terminal 2. However, even if one is in Terminal 1, all United and United Express gates at ORD are connected inside security.


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