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  • 2 hr layover, help?
    Apr 16, 2016
    2
    Hello, was wondering if a 2 hour layover at ORD with United from NRT to YYZ will be enough time to complete everything. Will United hold for passengers to make their connecting flight and in the event of a missed flight, what are my options? Thank you for taking the time to read this!

     

    2 hours is doable if the flight from Tokyo is on-time. They won't hold the flight for you, but will book you on the next flight if you miss it.

     

    Thanks for the quick response, fingers crossed I have enough time for it all. Worried that with going through customs as a non-US citizen and rechecking luggage it won't be ebought time....

     

  • STL - ORD - London, 1hr20mins enough time?
    Apr 11, 2016
    3
    I'm flying from STL to London via ORD. Landing at ORD Terminal 2 and then leaving for London from Terminal 2. Bags will be checked through, but is 1hr20mins enough time to land, change terminals and clear security for the next flight? Thanks

     

    Sorry - i meant landing at Terminal 2 ORD and then leaving from Terminal 1!

     

    You don't have to go through security. There is a walkway connecting Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 inside security. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.

     

    That's great. Thanks for letting me know - usually international transfers you don't go through security twice, but with changing terminals i wasn't sure. Thanks for the help.

     

  • Connecting Flights - Checked Luggage?
    Apr 10, 2016
    2
    Hi, I am flying from Tokyo (NRT) to Toronto (YYZ) with a connecting flight at O'Hare airport with United. Will my checked luggage need to be reclaimed at O'Hare or does it go directly to Pearson? I am a Canadian citizen if that makes any difference. Thank you!

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 5, 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 2, and go through security and to your departure gate.

     

    Thanks for the response! My layover is 2 hours long - will that be enoguh time? Following up on that, with the return flight going the other way around (YYZ -> ORD -> NRT) I'll be pre-cleared for US Immigration and customs in YYZ and will not have to reclaim/recheck bags in ORD?

     

  • Customs after baggage claim
    Apr 5, 2016
    1
    Hi, my parents are travelling from India to Chicago. After immigration, will I be able to meet them at the baggage claim to help them with baggages? Or will they have to do it and clear customs before we meet them? Kindly advice.

     

    You won't be able to meet them until after they have cleared customs.

     

  • Scedule change
    Mar 25, 2016
    1
    Envoy air changed their schedule. I am flying from AZO to YKF on April 15th. I now have a 29 minute layover in ORD. Both flights arrive at and depart from terminal 3. Is that enough time to change planes? I will have no checked baggage.

     

    It's possible but it leaves no time to spare if the flight from Kalamazoo is delayed and the flight to Waterloo/Kitchener and there are only 2 daily flights on that route. I would personally ask for a refund on your ticket due to the schedule change and just drive.

     

  • Connecting times
    Mar 24, 2016
    1
    Hi, I am planning on booking a flight from Rome to Mexico City via Chicago ORD, I have 2 hrs between flights, would that be enough? I fly in on DL6599 and fly out on DL8053. Thanks in advance

     

    That should be just enough time. Note that the first flight is operated by Alitalia and the second flight is operated by Aeromexico. Both are in Terminal 5.

     

  • Do I need US visa to change flight in Chicago airport
    Apr 1, 2016
    4
    I want to travel from Toronto Canada to Hyderabad India. I saw Air Canda flight from Toronto to Chicago and Air India flight from Chicago to Hyderabad. to book this flights and travel do i need US Visa

     

    If you are an Indian citizen, yes, you do.

     

    Thank you for the reply. I am an Indian Citizen with canada PR and I am not stepping out of Airport just to change the flight with in airport still I need US visa

     

    Yes, you will still need a US transit visa.

     

    We will be returning to US from Europe via Dublin and Chicago to South Dakota. We have a 2 hour layover in Chicago. Is that enough time to go through customs? We will have no checked bags. Thanks.

     

  • Arriving at 945 to catch a 1045 domestic flight
    Mar 7, 2016
    2
    Hello. I have a flight to Boston in 2 weeks from ORD at 1045am. My shuttle bus (I am travelling from Urbana) only gets in at 945am. Is that enough time? I will not have any bags to check in. It will be a Thursday morning. Thanks in advance

     

    Late morning, assuming your bus arrives as scheduled should be just enough time. Usually by 9:45 the lines from the morning have died down.

     

    Thanks a lot, Zap for your prompt and reassuring response.

     

  • YXU-ORD-RDU
    Feb 20, 2016
    5
    So my boyfriend is traveling to Raleigh, NC from London, ON with a 4 hour layover in Chicago, IL. I'm not too worried about him missing his connecting flight since he should have plenty of time. What I am confused about is if he checks a bag in London will he have to worry about claiming it in Chicago and rechecking it? We had called the airline, United, and was told it would not need to be rechecked but now I am doubting that after reading some comments here for very similar flights saying that the bag does need to be claimed and rechecked after customs. If he doesn't need to claim it what is stopping him from going through the 1 stop line for people with only carry-ons?

     

    Whoever you talked to at United is wrong. He will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim his bags, go through US Customs, re-check his bags at the re-check desk, then take the ATS Train to Terminal 1 and go through security and to his departure gate.

     

    Sorry for the probably dumb question but what is the difference between US Immigration and US Customs there? Is clearing immigration when he shows his passport and reason for visit and such and customs for declaring items (which he won't be declaring anything) We usually land travel and he's done this flight once before but his flight ended in Chicago instead of connecting elsewhere and he never had a checked bag on that flight and both times he doesn't remember, nor do I, talking to more than 1 person. Thanks in advance, we are just confused and like to be prepared.

     

    Yes, you have it right. Immigration is for people, customs is for stuff (and in most cases simply consists of handing a form to a guy).

     

    Ah, thanks. So basically if he has nothing to declare he just doesn't really deal with customs? We've literally never had to deal with customs because we don't ever have anything to declare. And just one last question. What happens to his luggage if he's held by CBP longer than usual? Sorry I can't help but ask question, just that kind of person.

     

    Yes, if you don't have anything to declare you just hand off your sheet and walk through. If he is held by CBP his bags will just rotate on the carousel until he is released.

     

  • 2 hour connection
    Feb 17, 2016
    1
    I will be arriving in ORD from shanghai via UA at 5:45 pm. And I have a flight to BWI at 7:45 via UA. Will i still have to claim my bag? Or if not, is that enough time?

     

    Yes, you will arrive in Terminal 5, 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, and go through security. You should have just enough time.

     

  • 45 mins between flights from pearson and leaving to Tokyo
    Feb 15, 2016
    3
    I am flying with United air, arriving from Pearson airport in Toronto and the airline has given me 45 min to connect to the flight bound for Tokyo. Is this enough time? I have another flight 2.5 hrs from Tokyo to Singapore with ANA and am concerned about the short connection times

     

    45 minutes is enough time if your flight from Toronto is on-time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in Chicago and Tokyo is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thank-you very much. I appreciate your help. If my flight is not on time, does the airline have to put you on another flightt all the way? If I miss my Tokyo flight(with United) then I would probably miss my connecting flight from Tokyo to Singapore(switching to ANA).

     

    United will figure out a way to get you to SIngapore. There are numerous options.

     

  • domestic transfer
    Feb 14, 2016
    3
    I plan to take a UA473, scheduled to arrive at Chicago O'Hare at 6:43pm and then take a AA flight to AA to Hong Kong via Los Angeles. The flight leaving Chicago is scheduled to leave at 20:30. Is it enough time for me to do that?

     

    WIll you have checked bags? WIth checked bags I think it would be difficult if not impossible. Without checked bags I think you could make it.

     

    Thanks. Can I proceed directly to the gate (AA teeminal is?) from UA (terminal ?) if I just have a hand carrying luggage

     

    Yes, you could proceed directly to the departure gate.

     

  • L I E S
    Jan 3, 2015
    0
    The TSA security checkpoints at ORD are by far the SLOWEST and WORST in the nation. Too few TSA agents, with at least two visibly "on break" at all times. They show complete disregard for passengers about to miss a flight. Hopefully someone at the airport will read this and replace the management. Most likely not, though. A quick search shows that this is a chronic problem.

     

  • Abu Dhabi to ORD-Landing in which Terminal
    Dec 10, 2015
    1
    Flying to Abu Dhabi to ORD. Heard that the Customs and Immigration is done in Abu Dhabi pre-clearance. Will the flight still land in Terminal 5 in Chicago or will the flight land in another Domestic Terminal. Have to meet some one in Chicago before I take another Domestic connecting flight from ORD. Trying to find out the best way to make this happen

     

    You will still arrive in Terminal 5 - that's where Etihad operates. However, once you arrive you won't have to go through any procedures other than claiming your baggage if it is only tagged to ORD, and then going to your next terminal, re-checking your bags if you had to claim them, and then go through security.

     

  • Customs question
    Nov 16, 2015
    2
    I am flying from Dublin to Omaha with a stop over in Chicago. Is two hours enough to get through customs and to my connecting flight?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. If you are flying Aer Lingus from Dublin and all tickets were purchased together, you just have to take the ATS Train from Terminal 5 to your departure terminal and go through security. You have enough time.

     

    Thank you!

     

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