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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am flying to EWR from Dublin connecting through Phil.

Do I need to collect my luggage or will it be checked all the way through.
You don't have to do anything with your bags in Philadelphia.
Have 90min connection from BA flight arriving from LHR to AA flight to SDF - is this enough on average - am being offered this ticket by Amex so assume this is ok
It's above the legal minimum, but security lines in Chicago have been very bad lately and I really don't think you have a chance of making it unless the BA flight arrives quite early.
I am flying AA flight 3170 from FAR arriving at 5:50 and depart at 6:30 on AA flight 710 to DUB. Do I have enough time? I am very worried... Help!
Yes, that is enough time as long as the flight from FAR is on-time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 3.
Thanks for the reply! How long before departure would they likely close the gate?
It depends, if they see you are coming from a connection they probably won't close it until the stated departure time, although they are allowed to close it 10 minutes early.
Arriving May 10th at ORD with AA 6197 at 6:35pm
Connecting to MHK 3156 with AA at 8:15pm
My father will need wheelchair service, which is requested and should be in the computers.
How reliable is the wheelchair service?
the time between flights is scary short, is it doable with the wheelchair service? Customs, immigration, luggage.
will they hold the flight for him since it will be
the last one for this day.
Will a $40 tip be appropriate?

Thank you
6197 American Airlines
Operated by British Airways

3156 American Airlines
Operated by Envoy Air As American Eagle
AA6197 is actually British Airways flight 297. Does British Airways know or did you just call American? He should have enough time for his connection. They won't hold the flight for him if his first flight is late. That is an appropriate tip.