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  • Kansai-SFO-ORD
    May 31, 2016
    Hi zap, I will have a flight from Kansai and transit at SFO for 3 hours, and then fly to my final destination at ORD. Should I check in again at SFO? and do I have to pass immigration/customes at SFO to get my flight to ORD? How about my luggage? do I have to take my luggage again at SFO and re check in?or it will be delivered through my final destination in ORD? I have Indonesian passport and all the flight will be with United airlines. Thank you.


    If both tickets are on the same reservation you will be checked in for both flights in Osaka. In SFO you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. In ORD you just have to claim your bags.


    Thank you for your quick reply. I love this forum!


  • Saturday 6AM flight
    May 31, 2016
    I have a 6am (terminal 3) flight out of O'hare. I could show up at 3am, but I don' t think security opens until 4am. Will I be ok if I show up at 4am? I have precheck if that helps.


    Security opens at 3:15 but Precheck doesn't open until about 5.


  • T5 to t3
    May 27, 2016
    my parents are fluing in to ORD to T5 amd have to get to T3, where do they pick up and re check baggage? Also do they hae to re check in and get their tickets?


    As soon as you get thru customs, collect bags and drop after you exit baggage claim at respective airline just outside the exit. Take escalator up to train level and take train to T3 (they arrive every 5-10 minutes and less than 10 minutes to T3). If they don't have boarding passes for next flight, they will have to visit their airline's customer service or check-in desk. They'll have to go thru Security at T3 to get to their gate.


  • Can I make this connection?
    May 25, 2016
    May 30th arriving via American Eagle @ 7:20 PM connecting with SAS to Copenhagen departure 10:05 pm. We will have 2 checked bags. 1. Will we have to claim and recheck our bags? 2. Will we have to go thru security for Terminal 5 on arrival? Will we make it??


  • TSA
    May 31, 2016
    Has the extreme long lines at ORD been corrected or is there still 3 hour delays to get through security?


    Things have gotten much better, the longest lines are now down to about an hour. So arriving 2 hours before any flight should be realistically sufficient.


    what if I have international flight ?


  • TSA delays
    May 24, 2016
    I am planning a trip Wed 5/25 for a 9AM flight (AA), I read that the TSA lines are getting better. How much time should I give myself to make sure that I don't miss this flight?


    It is getting better, but I'd still get there at like 6:30. Morning is still the busiest time, but I think they're at least recognizing that now.


  • Security
    May 22, 2016
    Flying out of O'Hare on Tuesday morning to Miami at 5:00am. What time do I need to get to the airport by? I hear security doesn't open until 4am?


    Security opens at 3:15


    Thank you!


  • getting through security for international flight
    May 19, 2016
    I'm leaving ORD at 8:00 PM on a Sunday night in June (terminal 5). Airline is Aer Lingus. Any guesses as to how much time I should allocate for getting through security?


    Get there 3 hours before, so about 5 PM.


  • Terminal 5 - waiting time
    May 19, 2016
    Hi, I have flight (LOT airlines to Poland) from Terminal 5 on Sunday (05/22) at 21:25. What time should I be on the airport to clear the TSA Precheck ?


    There is no pre-check in Terminal 5. You should be at the airport by 18:15.


  • My parents flight at 6am
    May 19, 2016
    My parents are leaving at 6am. They are recommending 3 hours before the flight. But I've heard rumors the TSA does not start until 4am.


    Yes, but there will be people in line at 3 or 3:30. It's just a thoroughly stupid situation. Flying out at 6 AM used to be very easy.


  • Arrival?
    Jun 5, 2016
    My flight is on American tomorrow at 6am to Boston. My host suggests getting there at 3:30. Too early? Not early enough? Thanks


    That's about right.


    If flying United in and out of term 1, and coming back from Dublin, through ORD final destination SFO, how do I clear customs? Do I have to clear security too?


  • Security Line wait time for Terminal 1 UA during 3-5 pm weekdays
    May 19, 2016
    Our flight from ORD to Rome is this Thursday May 19, on United. Departure time is 6:10 pm. If we arrive at ORD around 3 pm, will we have sufficient time for security? Has the long wait line for security check been improved since Monday?


    That should be enough time. Things aren't much different and Thursday is still a busy time, but 3 hours early should be enough.


    That should work. I'm flying out around the same time and plan to get there at 3.


  • Same terminal?
    May 17, 2016
    We are flying from SLC to ORD on United. We have 1 hour 20 minutes before our next flight, international departure to Dublin Ireland, also on United. Will we be in the same terminal? It appears on first glance that it is...but want to make sure, as that is not a lot of time. If it's the same airline, and it is the same terminal, we shouldn't have to worry about security again right?


    Yes, both flights should be in Terminal 1. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You do not have to go through security.


  • TSA and wheelchair
    May 17, 2016
    My sister and I are traveling from ORD to LEX. She needs a wheelchair and in going through TSA I have Precheck and she doesn't. Will she go trhough the Precheck with me? Or do wheelchairs go to the head of the regular TSA line?


    She will go to the head of the regular line.


  • connecting flight at ORD
    May 16, 2016
    I will be flying with United from Beijing to Toronto with a connection at ORD. Do I have to clear custom with my bags at ORD before boarding the connecting flight?


    Yes, in Chicago you will 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 1 or 2 where you depart, then go through security and to your departure gate. With the current security delays at O'hare you realistically are looking at needing at least 3 hours for this connection.


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