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  • Visitors can allowed inside of airport
    Dec 22, 2014
    I am pregnant so i need help at the time of check in , visitors can help me during my check in


    Is there a question here?


    My question is , can visitor allowed inside airport at the time of my boarding ?


    They are not allowed past security unless they are traveling with you.


  • US Customs for international transit
    Dec 13, 2014
    Hello, I am flying from Montreal to Tokyo, with a transit at ORD, this Monday Dec 14. I am French and have a visa. I need to hand it back to the US customs before Dec 17. Will I be able to do it at the airport? I mean, are there US customs during an international transit flight? Thank you, Marie


    More information on my problem: Both flights are in terminal 3, so from what I understand there is no security check nor customs between my flights. I just need to walk between the two gates, which means that I will leave the USA without handing back my visa which is a big problem. I think I will go to the border tomorrow to hand back my visa to be sure. I was just wondering if I can hand back my visa at the US customs in Montreal airport, but they are not going to like it as I should hand back the visa while I leave the USA, not when I enter it. Anyway if you have some advice on this, it would be much appreciated! Marie


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto, you will see the US Immigration officers there. The US does not have exit customs, so I don't know why or where you would think you would "hand it back" upon exiting.


    Well the thing is usually when I go back to Canada after a trip to the US, they ask me to hand back my visa at the Canada/US border. Or if I plan on going back to the US before the end of my visa I can keep it but I need to hand it back before the expiration date. This on expires on the 17th and if I keep it, and then try to go back to the US later, they will see that I didn't hand it back and that I could have stayed longer than what my visa said (it happened already once and I had problems at the border, I think that if I do it twice they will ban me from entering the US) I think that it is a very silly rule but it is written on my visa and I already had problems once... So I think I will do a round trip to the border just to be sure... Thanks for your reply anyway, I don't think this problem happened to anyone around here ahah


  • HKG - ORD - IAD with United Airlines
    Dec 11, 2014
    Hello, need guidance! I'll be traveling from SIN to IAD with a layover at HKG and ORD. Will the bags be checked in all the way through until final destination at IAD? I bought my tickets at one purchase from SIN - IAD. Do I need to go through custom again at both layover locations? I only have 1.5 hrs at both layover locations. Would I have enough time? Any ideas how is the terminal transfer is like at both locations? shuttle or walking? Thanks, appreciate the help!


    Your bags will be tagged through to IAD but you will have to claim them in Chicago to go through US Customs. You can then immediately re-check them at the transfer desk. You do not have to claim your bags or go through Immigration at Hong Kong. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will be the same gate or adjacent to each other.


    Thank you so much


    Thank you so much


  • HKG - ORD - IAD
    Dec 11, 2014
    Hello, need help. Am arriving from HKG to ORD at Terminal 5 (I believe), to catch a domestic flight to IAD. Do I need claim my luggage after going through custom and recheck it again for the domestic flight? I bought my tickets at one purchase, shouldn't the luggage be checked in all the way through? and how do I go from Terminal 5 to the Domestic Terminal, will there be a shuttle? I only have 1 hour 30 mins for the layover, will this be enough time? THANK YOU! appreciate the help


    You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk immediately after customs, then take the ATS train to Terminal 1 where you will go through security and to your departure gate. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


    Thank you so much!


    Thank you so much!


  • Layover
    Dec 8, 2014
    I am flying from YYZ on Air Canada to Iowa. My layover is 35 mins in Chicago. Then I fly out again with Air Canada to Iowa. Do I have to go through customs or security again before getting on my flight to Iowa? And if I do, is that enough time to get to my gate?


    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. United will operate your flight to Iowa. You will arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal 1 or 2. 1 and 2 are connected inside security by a walkway.


    Thank you so much! :)


  • International Layover in Chicago
    Dec 1, 2014
    I'm flying from London, Ont to Sarasota, FL with a layover in Chicago on January 3rd. My flight is at 6:30 in the morning and I get into Chicago at 7am. I know London is a small airport so it doesn't have a precheck.. I have a 1 hour and 38 minutes layover in Chicaco. Will this be enough time? I'm worried because it's the holidays. My dad has taken this exact flight before and had no issues but I'm worried as its the holidays and I'm travelling alone. Do I go through a special immigrations line because I have a connecting flight or is there only one line? Thanks!


    Also I'm flying with United and I'm not checking any baggage if that makes a difference, just bringing a carry on!


    Yes, that should be enough time. There is only one immigration line, although there is an express line if you don't have checked baggage. Immigration is not crowded at that time early in the morning.


  • short connection time
    Nov 26, 2014
    We are traveling from Calgary Canada to Amsterdam and have a 50 minute layover at O'hare. Is it possible to make our connection? We go through US customs in Canada and don't go through customs till we land in Amsterdam. We will also only have carry on bags.


    If both of your flights are on the same airline it should be enough time as long as your first flight is on-time. If your flight to Amsterdam is on KLM it will be more difficult.


    We are flying United for both flights


    Yes, then that should be fine, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • How long is suggested for connected flights
    Nov 19, 2014
    Hi i'm looking at flights for my family vacation and i was wondering if 45 mins at ORD is long enough for a connecting flight?


    If both flights are domestic and on the same airline it is, but it doesn't leave much of a cushion for delays.


  • ORD Short Layover from Canada to US Destination
    Nov 10, 2014
    I will be flying from London, Ontario to Kansas City with a 1 hour, 25 minute stop at ORD. Will this be enough time to make the KC flight and do I need to go through customs/immigration (I am American if that matters on timing).


    American does not fly to London, Ontario. Are you on United? American flies to Kitchener/Waterloo. Regardless, neither of those places have US Customs pre-clearance so you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs when you arrive in Chicago. 1 hr 25 mins is barely enough time.


  • layover
    Oct 22, 2014
    We arrive at the airport mid afternoon and have a 7 hour layover leaving at 9:30....any ideas or tour group that could provide us with a tour of Chicago or at least downtown area and Sears tower?


    Just take the CTA Blue Line to Clark and Lake and walk around. It's about a 50 minute trip each way.


  • CLT to YYC Connection from US Airways to United Express
    Oct 22, 2014
    My wife and daughter will be flying US Airways from CLT to ORD on US Airways and then must connect to a United Express flight to Calgary with only 50 minutes between flights. Will they be able to get between terminals in time to make their next flight?


    Yes, there is a walkway inside security from where they arrive in T3 to where they will depart in T1 or T2. They need to make sure they check in online for their United Express flight before they leave Charlotte.


  • Montreal to charlotte via ORD
    Oct 18, 2014
    We fly into ORD on 3659 and arrive 7:20am. Do we have to go thru customs? Will we have time to catch our 8:45am ORD to CLT 4634 flight?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. All you have to do in ORD is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will have plenty of time.


  • Will I miss my connecting flight?
    Oct 16, 2014
    I'm flying ATL-ORD-AMS. My flight from Atlanta lands in Chicago at 4:05PM and then my connecting flight to Amsterdam leaves at 5:25PM. Will I have enough time? Do I have to switch terminals or catch a train? Do I have to re-check my bags and go through another checkpoint? I booked the whole ticket at the same time.


    That is a ton of time. If you purchased your tickets together you will not have to do anything with your baggage. What airline are you flying? If both flights are on United then all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you for your quick response! :) The ATL-ORD flight is with Delta and the flight to AMS with KLM.


    OK, you still have enough time but the procedure is a little more complex. You will arrive in Terminal 2, you need to exit terminal 2 and follow the signs to the ATS Train to Terminal 5. You will take it to Terminal 5 and go through security.


  • terminal 1 to terminal 3 without security?
    Sep 25, 2014
    Can i get from terminal 1 to terminal 3 at Chicago (ORD) without going through security? if so, what is best way? is bus/shuttle only option?


    Yes, you can, there is a walkway inside security between T1 and T2 and T2 and T3. However, why do you have to? What airlines are you flying?


  • Trains from ORD to South Bend
    Sep 26, 2014
    Are there any trains from O'Hare airport to South Bend, and how often do they run. Can anyone help me please..


    There are no direct trains. You have to take the CTA Blue Line to downtown Chicago then walk to Millenium Station to take the South Shore Line to South Bend. However, there is direct bus service from O'Hare to South Bend - http://www.coachusa.com/info/tristateunitedlimo/gc/coach.index.item1.content.asp


    Take train to downtown. From there, South Shore Train goes to south bend. station is at Randolph and Michigan.


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