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  • Leave & re-enter DFW for a 5 & half hours layover
    Jun 21, 2016
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    I'm arriving DFW at 13:44 from Austin & have a connecting flight to London at 19:15, both on American Airlines. Would I have enough time to step out to meet some friends, re-enter, clear customs and catch connecting flight or are there any complexities involved?

     

    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. Yes, you could exit security, meet your friends, and go back through security and to your departure gate.

     

  • lay over
    Jun 21, 2016
    2
    It's me again. I wil fly from AUH to DSM......... but will have to lay over at LHR and DFW and transfer flight to DSM. From my previous post, I found out that I don't have to Pre-Clear customs and Immigration in AUH. I found out that I will go through Immigation and Custom at DFW. In that case, do I have to claim my baggage at DFW? and upon my return flight, same route, from DSM to DFW I only have 1 hr 20 mins lay over. Do I have enough time to claim my baggage and re-check at DFW? Please help!!! Thank you.

     

    Sorry I got confused! My return flight is connecting from DSM to ORD Terminal 3. Do I have enough time to claim my baggage, re-check, go through Immigration and find the terminal for my next international flight (Terminal 5). is 1 hr 40 mins enough time to do all of this? Thank you in advance for your answer.

     

    When you enter the US at DFW you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security and to your departure gate. On the return you don't have to go through immigration or customs, or do anything with your baggage in ORD as long as all flights are on the same reservation. You just have to take the ATS Train from T3 to T5 and go through security.

     

  • DFW layover 44 minutes
    Jun 8, 2016
    1
    I'm traveling from DCA to DFW on American then have a 44 minute layover until we catch our American Eagle flight to Waco. Is that enough time? I should mention I'll have three children 6 and under with me.

     

    It is enough time if the flight from DCA is on-time. The Skylink train connects all gates inside security.

     

  • Enough time for international connection?
    Jun 2, 2016
    0
    I am flying in from Madrid to Dallas then need to make a connection to Boise. Originally had an hour and a half for the stop but now only have 30 minutes after a delay. I'm American and don't have to check any bags. Can I make it?

     

  • Layover luggage
    May 29, 2016
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    We have an overnight connection at DFW and leave to Cancun the next morning. Guessing we won't get our checked luggage back for our overnight?

     

  • DFW Layover
    May 19, 2016
    1
    I am flying Canada-->DFW-->Philadelphia. Both flights are on same ticket and same airline. 90min layover. American Airlines. I assume I will go through immigration and customs and TSA security check at DFW. But will I have to deal with my checked bags at DFW or will they be checked all the way through from Canada to Philadelphia? Thanks

     

    You assume incorrectly. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada. All you have to do in DFW is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Skylink train connects all gates inside security.

     

  • Domestic flight to international transfer CMH-DFW-PEK
    May 9, 2016
    2
    I am traveling to Beijing from Columbus, through DFW. I have 1:20 layover in Dallas. Is this enough time to make my connection to my international flight? Anxious traveler

     

    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in DFW is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Skylink train connects all terminals and gates inside security.

     

    Certainly! The SkyLink connects all terminals after security, and it's a 5 minute ride to get where you want. Some domestic/Canadian arrivals in American arrive at Terminal D, in that case, get off the plane and simply walk to your gate! It's that easy!

     

  • 1 hour, enough time?
    Apr 19, 2016
    1
    My 2 children and I will be connecting an international flight to Bangkok at DFW from MCO. We only have 1 hour between 2 flights. Is 1 hour enough time? We will be traveling this June. Thanks.

     

    Yes, all you have to do in DFW is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Immigration or customs when leaving the US. The Skylink train connects all terminals inside security.

     

  • Domestic to International Connection 1:21 good enough ?
    Apr 19, 2016
    1
    Hi all, I will arrive at DFW from LAX at 21:01...and my next flight to Lima will depart at 22:22...so only 1:21 connection time... I can book this flight on aa.com.....do I need to re-check my baggage at DFW ? If yes then is 1:21 good enough ? Thanks !

     

    You don't have to do anything with your baggage at DFW on the way to Lima. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Skylink train connects all terminals and gates inside security. You have enough time.

     

  • query enough time for lay over?
    Apr 8, 2016
    1
    Hi. I will be travelling with my mom who is 74 year old and quite slow. we are arriving to DFW from vancouver intl airport. Our lay over is an hour and half, will this be enough time to catch our next flight to indianapolis? please advise. thank u

     

    Yes, that is plenty of time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. The Skylink train connects all gates inside security.

     

  • Is my layover time enough?
    Apr 5, 2016
    3
    Hi, I'm travelling to London from Los Angeles via DFW. Is 1 hour enough to clear customs and then catch my onward flight to London? (I'm travelling as an Indian citizen)

     

    Zap-"There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in DFW is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Skylink train connects all gates inside security." I had the same question

     

    Just noticed you said "as indian citizen" I'm not sure if that will change anything

     

    There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. That is regardless of your citizenship. All you have to do in DFW is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Skylink train connects all gates inside security.

     

  • SYD to DFW to SAT Qantas
    Mar 27, 2016
    1
    I am flying from Sydney through DFW to San Antonio on Qantas. My flight has connection in DFW. I know I have to get my bags and recheck and go through immigration/customs. I arrive in DFW on a Saturday at 1:35 and my flight to San Antonio is at 3:15. Is 1 hour and 40 mins enough time to make the connection?

     

    That should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly. If you miss your connection, AA flies frequent flights from DFW to SAT that you can be rebooked on.

     

  • From SYD to DFW to SAT down n Qantas
    Mar 27, 2016
    0
    I am flying from Sydney to Dallas to San Antonio on Quantas Airlines. I understand I have to get my luggage and recheck and go through immigration in DFW. Is that correct? Will I have enough time to get bags and recheck bags in 1 hour and 40 mins? Arriving DFW from Sydney on a Saturday at 1:35 and flying to SA at 3:15.

     

  • Connecting from DFW to DTW with 2 hrs 20 min stopover
    Mar 25, 2016
    1
    I'll be arriving from Doha at DFW airport at 16:05 hrs by Qatar airlines and my domestic connection flight to DTW (Detroit) is at 18:25 hrs, by AA. I understand I need to clear U.S customs and re-check in my baggage. Is 2 hrs 20 mins adequate for my connection? Please advise. Thanks for your help.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time.

     

  • No Baggage - Do I need to go out for connection
    Mar 25, 2016
    1
    I am traveling from Mexico City via Dallas Airport to final destination San Francisco. I don't have any checked in baggage. Do I still need to go all the way out or there is a shorter way vai immigration to catch my connection?

     

    You still need to go through US Immigration, Customs, and security and then to your departure gate (likely in a different terminal).

     

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