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  • Can I leave DFW airport during 7 hour international transit?
    Apr 2, 2015
    I am flying on an international QF/AA ticket from Lexington to Sydney via Dallas and have over 7 hours layover at Dallas Fort Worth airport. Am I allowed to leave DFW airport to do a city tour? Given that my luggage will be checked through from Lexington to Sydney I am guessing this could pose a security risk and therefore I may not be able to leave?


    Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport, there are no checks for people leaving the airport. However, DFW is a long way from anything worth seeing so I think you would have a much better time just buying a one day pass to the Admirals club and relaxing rather than spending $100 on taxis to sit in a lot of traffic and see not much.


  • Sydney to DCA with layover in DFW
    Mar 30, 2015
    Hi, I am looking to purchase tickets from Sydney to DCA with layover of 1hour and 40mins in DFW. I done this before however the layover was 3 hours so I wasn't in a rush. I know you will have to collect your bags and go through customs so I feel like the 1hour and 40mins is not enough. Anyone has done this before and can comment? On the return is the same except it is 1hour and 30mins. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


    1 hr 40 mins is 10 minutes more than the recommeded time, but many people feel that the recommended time at DFW is no longer enough due to overcrowding. SO I would say it is very borderline. On the way back 1 hr 30 minutes is fine because you do not have to go through US Customs or anything with your bags when leaving the US.


  • Is my layover long enough??
    Mar 3, 2015
    Hi, I am flying in september with american airlines. I am going from Nashville 09:26 - Dallas 11:21 and then Dallas 12:05 - Las Vegas 13:05. It's all with american airlines, i'm just worried that 44 mins in Dallas isn't enough, do you think it will be ok? Thanks in advance!!


    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. The SkyLink train connects all terminals inside security if you need to change terminals.


    Thank you so much for your quick response. Your brilliant!!


  • Transit Visa/Luggage Collection
    Nov 22, 2014
    Hi, I will be travelling from Vancouver to Dubai. I will have 3.5hrs layover in Dallas and connecting flight to London. My questions are: Do I need a transit visa to Dallas even if i am not going out of the airport? And do i need to collect my luggage and take on to my next flight which is to London? I'm a Philippine passport holder and my first time to transit to these places. Your reply will be very much appreciated. Thank you so much. :)


    If you purchased one ticket you will preclear us immigration in Vancouver so you will not have to claim your bags in Dallas. Yes, you need a transit visa.


  • 80min Int'l Layover
    Sep 13, 2014
    Hello - I have an 80min layover in DFW, arriving from Lima, Peru (LIM) and connecting to Incheon, Korea (ICN). Will this be enough time with immigration and rechecking my bags? I'm not an American citizen. Any assistance would be much appreciated - thank you!


    It's below the minimum connection time by 10 minutes. However, since there's only one flight a day to/from DTW to those locations, you might as well try it. If you miss you'll get rebooked over somewhere else or get to stay in Dallas overnight.


    Thanks for the info! Very helpful.


  • Layover/Connection-Same Terminal Will I be waiting in Custom/Security?
    Apr 4, 2014
    Have a layover in DFW (coming from inter nation, departing to international), andI know my connecting flight is out of the same terminal. This is my first time connecting at DFW, but have done intl-intl connections at JFK and ATL. People have told me that no matter where you arrive from and are departing too, you always clear customs are are re-screened. I remember this not being the case in ATL. What will happen this time?


    That is the case in ATL, DFW, and every other US airport.


  • layover and checked bags
    Jan 7, 2014
    I am going to have a long layover at DFW coming from Sau Paulo. After going through immigration and customs, can I take my checked bags with me, and recheck them later with my connecting flight?


  • DXB - DFW - DEN
    Sep 27, 2013
    i will be traveling to denver via dallas airport with 4 hrs layover in november. my flight reaches at 9 am in terminal d. could you please guide me the process from exiting the plane. is it the immigration first to clear ? and will my baggage claim be in the same terminal ? will there be signs indicating how to move around. and for the re check in of bags, will it be in the same area where im picking it up ? and after i finsh with the customs too, i need to go to terminal A for the AA flight to denver, do i take the skylink for tht ? how long approx would all this take ?


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