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  • Enough time between flight
    Jul 28, 2015
    I plan traveling fromI AD to San Jose,Costa Rica through Houston Both flights will be United AirLine, I have 1 hour between flights Is it enough time to catch flight?


  • Enough time to clear customs and connect?
    Jul 27, 2015
    Hello, I'm a UK resident (German citizen), and I'm planning to fly from BHX (via FRA via IAH) to ICT. Would a 1.53h layover in Houston be enough time for me to clear customs and immigration, etc, to make my connection to Wichita? Thanks very much!


    Yes, that should be enough time if your flight from FRA is on-time.


  • 40 mins connection time enough to get from Terminal C to Terminal E
    Jul 23, 2015
    Hi there I have a return flight on 15-Aug from Aruba landing at IAH at 20:10 (Terminal C) and my next flight departing IAH to UK at 20:50 from IAH Terminal E. I'm concerned I may not make this latter flight. Will I have enough time? Do I have to go through security? What is the fastest way to get from Terminal C to E. Any help will be most appreciated.


    You can just walk from C to E. You should barely have enough time if your flight from Aruba is on-time. Just follow the signs. You do not have to go through security.


  • international flight layover question
    Jul 16, 2015
    I am trying to book on united from Cancun, Mexico to Portland, OR (through Houston). The layover in Houston is only 1 hour and 12 minutes. Is this enough time to make my connection?


    On the way to Portland, no, that isn't enough time. The minimum is 90 minutes.


  • Is 35 min layover doable?
    Jul 11, 2015
    I am flying on July 18 from Tucson to Charleston SC with a layover in Houston. My layover is only 35 min long, but both flights are with United. Will I have enough time to make my connecting flight?


    Yes, that is enough time if your first flight is on-time. There's a good chance both flights will be in Terminal B. It obviously doesn't leave much time to spare if your flight from Tucson is late.


  • STL to GIG
    Jul 7, 2015
    Hello. I'm an American citizen considering purchasing a flight from STL, with a one hour layover in IAH then on to Rio De Janeiro; however, there's only a one hour layover. Will I potentially have enough time to clear customs and make the transfer?


    You do not go through US Customs on your way out of the United States. All you have to do in Houston on your way to Rio is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Connection Time
    Jul 6, 2015
    Hi, I have a United flight from Miami MIA to New Orleans MSY with a stop over in IAH, the connection time is now only 49 minutes due to our flight times being changed twice, should the 49 minutes be enough time? We are worrying because it's a late flight (leave MIA at 18.50, arriving at IAH at 20.26 and flying out to MYS at 21.15) also the flight from IAH to MSY is operated by Skywest Airlines not United, I don't know if this will make a difference, can anyone give me some advice?


    All gates in Houston are connected inside security. There's a good chance both flights will be in Terminal C, but if you have to change terminals the TerminaLink train connects all terminals inside security. You should have enough time as long as your first flight is on-time.


  • Checking in luggage from an international flight
    Jul 5, 2015
    I am flying into Houston airport from Germany with an hour and a half layover for a domestic connection. I am checking in luggage. When I claim the baggge do I have to check it in at the regular United Airlines counter or is there a counter specific to those on a layover? Thanks in advance


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk immediately after, then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Can I leave and come back?
    Jun 29, 2015
    Hello, I have a six hour layover and I wanted to know if I am allowed to leave the airport to have lunch with some friends and then check back in before my flight?


    Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport. There is nobody guarding the door.


  • 2 hr 35m layover - do i have enough time
    Jun 11, 2015
    I fly out tomorrow from Quretarro Mexico landing at IAH with a 2 hr 35minute layover then flying to Toronto Canada. Will i need ot pick up by bags and have them rechecked.. If so do i do this before or after customs? Will my layover be long enough?


    Since you are on an International to International connection you should not have to claim your bags in Houston, but confirm that with agents in Queretaro and Houston. You will go through US Immigration, Customs, and security. You should have plenty of time.


  • LAyover
    Jun 8, 2015
    Hi, My flight will be having a 1 hour and 35 minute layover in IAH from NYC and my connecting flight goes to Lima, Peru, Is that enough time ?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate in C to your departure gate in E.


  • 35 minute layover??
    May 30, 2015
    I arrive in IAH at terminal B and I have to get to terminal E in 35 minutes before my next flight leaves. I am so scared! Do I have to go through security? Should I tell the flight attendants? Should I run or take the train? What do I do? Changing my flight is not an option since it costs too much money.


    You have to take the Train, the TerminaLink train runs inside security and very frequently. You can make it if your first flight is on-time.


  • Help!
    May 18, 2015
    I am arriving from LHR at 18:30 via BA and connecting to DFW via AA at 20:09. I have only 1hr 39 mins. Is that enough? Tickets was sold by AA but flights operated by BA.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Thanks for the response. However I arrive at BA flight arrives at Terminal D and the connecting flights departs from Terminal A as I understand - Is that still enough? Do I have to go through immigration, check in etc etc....?


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. You can then either take the inter-terminal train to Terminal A and go through security there or if you already have your AA boarding passes (you should), you can go through security in Terminal D and take the TerminaLink train to Terminal A. it's a bit of a difficult transfer, but possible.


  • 3 hours layover
    Apr 30, 2015
    I'm traveling to Mexico through United Airlines from DFW with laover 3 and half hrs at IAH. I have family in Houston, if they come to the airport to see me for an hour or two would I have enough time to go through security to get to my gate on time to aboard the next plane?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You could meet with them for over an hour probably.


  • 47 min connection
    Apr 22, 2015
    I'm traveling from YYZ to IAH, then to Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a connection of 47 min. I have to get onto the Sao Paulo flight because I have another connection in Sao Paulo. The late afternoon flight in YYZ is easily delayed. Am I gonna able to make this one?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. It's possible to make if your flight is on-time. If it looks like your flight will be late leaving Toronto, proactively ask to be rebooked to connect through Chicago or Washington DC. They also have flights to Sao Paulo.


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