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  • Short layover and checked luggage
    Sep 6, 2016
    I will be flying to Houston from ICT (Wichita) and have an hour layover until my next flight to Phoenix. I would like to have a checked bag, but am worried it won't have time to transfer. Do you think there would be enough time for any checked luggage to get to my second flight? Both are United and morning flights.


    That is enough time. If you need to change terminals the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • New Orleans to Cancun
    Aug 3, 2016
    I am thinking of flying from New Orleans to Cancun with a 1hr layover in Houston. Is one hour enough for the connection? Thanks


    Yes, that is enough time if your flight from New Orleans is on-time. All you have to do in Houston is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    I will have check luggages. Don't I need to claim my luggages first or they will do that for me?


  • palnning to meet a friend during the layover time a IAH, Houston
    Aug 2, 2016
    Hi, I'm travelling from seattle to Orlando, have a layover time of 2hrs 30 mns at IAH, Houston. planning to meet a friend during this time at the IAH airport. I was wondering if I will have a sufficient time to do so since I will have to go through the security check again? Any advice is highly appreciated!


    You really only have enough time to meet with them for about 30-45 minutes. I'll let you decide if you think that's worth it.


    thanks much! if I'm correct that includes the time required to go through the security checks and boarding off the flight aswell right? and should I have to take the subway to get to Terminal C from Terminal E?


    Yes, that is correct. Both of your flights will likely be in Terminal C.


  • YUL -> IAH -> BZE
    Jul 18, 2016
    Hi, I am travelling air canada to IAH from YUL (montreal) and then switching to United to go to BZE (belize city). I do not have any checked luggage, only a carry-on. Will a 1 hour 20 minute layover be enough time?


  • Layover Time
    Jul 14, 2016
    Is one hour layover long enough for connecting flight in Houston from Pittsburgh to Seattle-both United flights.


    Yes, that should be enough time. Both flights will likely be in Terminal C, but if you do have to change terminals, the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Lounge access
    Jul 11, 2016
    Hello. I am coming into IAH in the morning but my next flight is at 10pm. I would like to use the lounge in Terminal D to rest up and catch up on work. Would it be possible for me to do so without a printed ticket from Aeromexico; would a printed itinerary from Aeromexico suffice? Thanks!


    I forgot to add that the flight at 10pm is a separate ticketed flight on Aeromexico. I will be coming in from DFW with AA.


    You will need your Aeromexico boarding pass to get through security. If you aren't able to get it online you will have to wait until the AeroMexico check-in counter is open. They have a 12:41 PM flight so the desk should be open at about 10. However, note that Aeromexico doesn't thave a lounge at IAH.


  • is 1.5h enough?
    Jun 23, 2016
    Hi. I am flying with United Airlines from Managua to IAH terminal E and have a 1.5h layover to catch my flight with Lufthansa (also departing from terminal E) to London. Can someone advise whether this is feasible? Also, can someone confirm if I need to collect my luggage in Houston or whether it'll be sent straight to LHR since I am just in transit there. Esta is sorted, I hold a Spanish passport (no access to Global Entry). Thanks a million!


    Your flight to London will also be operated by United. In Houston you will go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security but should not have to claim your bags. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Layover time from Cancun to London
    Jun 21, 2016
    Hi, I'm planning to travel from Cancun to London via IAH and the flight operator is stating a layover time of 2:08min - is this enough time? I will have both hand and stowed luggage but I assume as both flights are with the same airline the stowed luggage will be transferred by the airline. Many Thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time. If both flights are on United you won't have to claim your bags in Houston, but you will have to go through US Immigration, Customs, and Security.


  • from st louis to costa rica
    Jun 20, 2016
    Hi I will be traveling soon from st Louis to Costa Erica. Will 1h 15 min connection time be enough in Houston? Thank you


    Yes, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you have to change terminals the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • can i leave the airport on my layover
    May 23, 2016
    Hi, In a uk citizen travelling to Belize with a 13 hour overnight layover at IAH. I believe I do not need a visa but unsure whether I would be allowed to leave the airport (in order to sleep in a hotel), and whether i would have my checked baggage? Any suggestions? Thank you


    You do not need a Visa but you need to complete ESTA. Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport.


  • 14 hours layover
    May 9, 2016
    I have a 14 hour layover when I get to IAH from BWI can I leave the airport and come back before my connecting flight ? would I have to clear customs or anything ?


    There is no customs when traveling between two points in the US. Yes, you can leave the airport, you will just have to go through security when you come back. However, take note that there's not a whole lot to do in Houston unless you know someone there.


  • 4 hour layover- meeting family
    Apr 28, 2016
    A nephew and his wife will be coming thru IAH on United from Omaha going to Cancun. They will have a 4 hr layover. It is possible to meet them somewhere? I am not sure that would be enough time for them if we left the airport to have dinner. I am also not sure that there is anywhere we could eat that is not past the security which we will not be able to pass. Any suggestions? Thank you.


    You could meet at the on-site airport hotel (the Marriott) and have dinner.


  • 1:20 layover (international)
    Apr 26, 2016
    I'm considering booking a flight from El Salvador to Newark, with a 1:20 layover in IAH. United all the way (switching from terminal C to E), carry-on only, but still a bit afraid of the short layover. What do you think?


    You have the terminals reversed, you will arrive in E and depart from C. 80 minutes is below the minimum International to domestic connection time in Houston.


    Whoops, you're right about the terminals. It's strange that the airline would offer that booking, guess I should look for another flight.


  • NOLA to Mexico via IAH
    Apr 24, 2016
    flying from new orleans to mexico city with a 54 minute layover in IAH...will that be enough time to run from arrival to departure gate or should i choose a different flight? i am canadian so was wondering if i'll have to go through customs or anything which would take up time?


    Yes, that is enough time. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If you have to change terminals the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • 2hrs 10 min layover
    Apr 19, 2016
    I'm flying from Iran to PDX, and there is a 2hrs 10 min layover at IAH. Since my husband and I have to go through Immigration and claim our luggage, do you think 2hrs and 10 min is enough?


    Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


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