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  • 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.


  • Flight Connection
    Apr 17, 2015
    5 of us will be coming in on a flight from Veracruz MX to IAH with a layover time of 1hr 23min. Is that enough time to get through customs? We are flying on united the whole way. We are connecting in IAH to ATL. And will we have to pick up our bags in IAH if we are getting back on a united flight?


    That is 7 minutes under the recommended connection time but it is doable if your first flight is on-time. You will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go to the departure level and through security. You will depart either from Terminal C, which is directly connected to E, or from Terminal B, which you will have to take the TerminaLink train to, which runs inside security. You'll have to hurry and hope everything goes smoothly.


  • Germany to Panama. Enough 1h20 in IAH?
    Apr 15, 2015
    Lufthansa big plane arriving in IAH, then 1h20 later United flight departs to Panama. United gave me this option so I believe can be done. Will I have enough time to clear customs and get to gate? Will my bags follow thru? If I don't make, is United responsible?


    You should not have to claim your bags since you are on an International to International connection. I think you can make this if your first flight is on-time. Yes, if you miss your connection you will be rebooked on the next available flight to Panama free of charge. However, that flight likely would not be until the next morning.


  • Cayman to Vegas
    Apr 7, 2015
    Hi - we are UK citizens living in Grand Cayman, looking to fly from Cayman to Vegas via IAH, the flight has a layover time of 1hr 45 - is this sufficient? Do we have to go through customs etc? Is there anything we can do to ensure we don't miss our connection? Thanks!


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate which will be likely in Terminal C. There's not much you can do to impact your chances of making the connection.


  • Long layover
    Apr 5, 2015
    Flying Toronto to Roatan through Houston with a 15 hour overnight layover. Are your bags tagged for final destination and unavailable?


    You will likely have to claim them in Houston.


  • Immigration on a layover?
    Mar 27, 2015
    We are flying from Canada to Cancun with a layover in Houston. Will we need to go through customs, or is there a transfer area? Is 1 hour enough time?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada. You have enough time.


  • 5 hour layover
    Mar 17, 2015
    I'll be traveling soon with 2 teenagers & have a 5 hour layover (mostly in the AM). Any ideas of what to do within IAH for this long?


    Ride the TerminaLink train around or just let them play with their phones.


  • 47 minutes Connect time in IAH
    Mar 14, 2015
    I will go to SAT via IAH by United. I have 47 mins. for connecting flight. My flight is LAX-IAH (arriving time 18.45) and then IAH-SAT (departing time 19.32). Do i have to change the terminal? Is it have enough time? United staff will wait me at the arrival gate? I have to do something with my checked-luguage?


    You don't have to do anything with your checked baggage. You will not know your exact gates until the day of your flight. They will not hold your flight for you if you are late. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time. The Terminalink train connects all terminals inside security.


  • what to do with a 5 hour layover from 6 am to 11 am
    Mar 14, 2015
    I have a flight coming from portland oregon that lands at 6 AM in houston, and I have a connecting flight to Cabo that departs Houston at 10:55 AM. With roughly 5 hours, is it possible I leave and explore Houston for a bit, then return and make it on time?


    It's not worth it. It's over an hour into the city from IAH and there's honestly not much seeing in Houston that's worth the $80-$100 in cab fare that it would be to see it. Just hang out at the airport.


  • 12 hour delay
    Feb 12, 2015
    I'll be coming from PuntaCana arriving there at 7pm and not leaving until 7am. Anywhere to go/ see at that time? Good bars, restaurants etc?


    Just get a hotel and sleep. It's a long cab ride into the city from there.


  • Enough time?
    Feb 9, 2015
    Hi I'm flying from Calgary and have a 60 minute layover in Houston, then flying into Cancun. We are travelling with 2 small children. Will we have to go through customs and do you think 60 minutes is enough time?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.


  • clear customs at terminal D and take delta at Ter.l A within 2.5 hrs
    Jan 21, 2015
    Hello, I am coming from Qatar at Terminal D. I have to clear customs and take train to terminal A to take Delta to Atlanta. This is not connection.This is the last flight. Is it possible to avail the flight to Atlanta within the given time?


    That should barely enough time. After you clear Customs you will be outside the secure area. To check your bags with Delta you will have to take the Inter-Terminal train which runs outside security to Terminal A.


  • Layover times
    Jan 21, 2015
    I am flying between New Orleans and London heathrow via Houston (IAH) with United Airlines and have a 40 minute connection time.is this long enough? And what terminals are involved please?.


    You will likely arrive in Terminal C. You will depart from Terminal E. To make your connection you will have to hope your flight from New Orleans is on-time and run. If for some reason you arrive in Terminal B, you can take the TerminaLink train straight to Terminal E.


    Will I need to go through security etc for this connecting flight


    No, the TerminaLink train runs inside security.


  • Overnight in IAH
    Jan 9, 2015
    Just wondering if there are any lounges or spots in Houston for overnight layover (12 hrs) - don't have money for hotel but wonder if there's other option besides sleeping at gate?! Thanks!


    No, there are no overnight lounges but there are some good places - http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/houston.htm


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