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    Jun 5, 2015
    Hi I´m traveling to Las Vegas, I have 2 hrs, do I have to go through customs take my bags, check them again and go through security? do I have enough time? I will land in terminal e and have to walk to c, are they near? how long will it take me?


  • 45 min connection from TermD to TermE... Possible?
    Jun 5, 2015
    Lufthansa/United think that I can land from Germany in TermD at 3:05pm and be on a flight departing to Mexico from TermE at 3:50pm! Do I avoid passport control by not stopping in the US... AND Is there a no-security link between TermD and TermE at IAH? Seems VERY tight to me. Expert advice please. Thanks!


    They are wrong. That connection is impossible. You will have to go through US Immigration and security upon arrival.


    Thanks for the confirmation ZAP. Now to go fight the airlines!


  • Only 40 minutes transfer time
    Jun 5, 2015
    On 21 July we arrive from San Francisco on Houston airport and only have 40 minutes to catch our flight to Amsterdam. Both flights are with United Airlines. Will 40 minutes be enough for us (2 adults, 2 kids of 16 and 14).


    Ow wait, I just noticed flight times changed, so now we have two hours. That should be enough.


    Either should be enough but 2 hours obviously leaves a lot more to spare. All you have to do in IAH is go from your arrival gate in C to your departure gate in E.


  • Clearing Customs on Connecting Flight
    Jun 4, 2015
    I will be arriving in Houston as the first port of entry on a return flight from Puerto Vallarta. I am flying on the same airline, same plane...with 1hr 40min be enough to clear customs and get back on the plane?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Be aware that there's a good chance that it WON'T be the same plane, even if it is the same flight number.


  • Security check
    Jun 4, 2015
    Will the security check be in Terminal E or C if you walk between those terminalsfrom E to C? And from which level (Terminal E) can I walk to Terminal C?


    If you arrive in E on a domestic flight you can just walk to C, no security required. If you arrive in E on an International flight. You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags. Then you will probably want to go through security in E and walk to C on the departures level. You can alternatively take the underground Inter-Terminal train to C and go through security there.


  • What is involved for passengers exiting secure area in Houston?
    Jun 3, 2015
    If our friends (have time and) want to exit security to visit with us briefly between their (domestic) United LAX-IAH flight and their connecting (international) United IAH-PTY flight, will they be allowed to leave the secure area? If so, will they have to do anything other than go back through security? Thanks.


    Yes, they can leave security and go back through. They just need to remember to bring their IAH-PTY boarding pass with them to do so.


    Thanks, ZAP! And thank you for such a quick response.


  • 50 minutes layover
    Jun 3, 2015
    Hello, can some one tell me if 50 minutes of layover time is enough, I am flying from Indianapolis to Houston then Houston to Aguascalientes Mexico I am not sure which gates I couldnt find the info.


    That should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal B or C and depart from Terminal B. All Terminals are connected inside security by the TerminaLink train.


  • 59 min
    Jun 3, 2015
    HI , I will be coming in on United Terminal C and connecting United Terminal C is 59 minutes enough time. we are 70 plus and do not walk fast.


    That should be enough time.


  • 1HR 47 Layover
    Jun 2, 2015
    We fly London Heathrow to Houston Terminal E with a connecting flight to San Jose Costa Rica, also terminal E, 1 hr 47 mins later. The later flight out is a layover of about 6 hours which I would rather not do. I think we do not have to collect and check in bags? We are United airlines and Lufthansa. Is 1 hr 47 ok?


    Yes, you shouldn't have to collect your bags because you are on International to International. Note that both your flights are opreated by United so check in with United in London. You will still have to go through US Immigration and Security.


    Thank you. This is such a helpful sight :-)


  • Connection international.
    May 31, 2015
    If I check my bag in okc on my way to Costa Rica will I need to claim it and recheck it in Houston?


    No you will not.


  • 50 Min Connection Term C to E?
    May 29, 2015
    So I'm connecting through IAH from Newark going to San Jose, Costa Rica. Untied recently changed my outbound flight by 20 min later making my connection from arrival to departure only 50 mins. Arriving terminal C departing terminal E - is this cutting it too close? Does it make a difference if it is international? If I tell the flight attendants can they help at all? Any info would be appreciated!


    It's very doable if your first flight is on-time. All you have to do is walk from gate to gate. It doesn't matter much that the second flight is international, other than it means having to go to E. Most of the passengers on your flight will have connections and honestly even if you were able to get out first it would only save you a minute or two.


  • FRA - IAH - PTY
    May 29, 2015
    Hi, I am planning to book a flight from FRA to PTY with a 1hour 20 minutes layover in Houston George Bush International. I am not a US citizen. Incoming Lufthansa, outgoing United. Is this enough time to change flights or will I not be able to make my plane to Panama? Many thanks!


    That is 10 minutes below the minimum recommended connection time for International to International in Houston. It's possible, but there's some risk involved. You will not have to claim your bags because you are on International to International, but you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security.


    thanks ZAP! your advice is much appreciated


  • transfer time
    May 27, 2015
    Our 15 year old son will fly from Frankfurt with Lufthansa to San Antonio in August with United Airlines to spend a school year as an exchange student there. Will 2h 45 minutes be enough for him to go through passport control, recheck his baggage and change terminals?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • time?
    May 27, 2015
    Tegucigalpa to DEN with 1 hour 47 minute connection time, is this enough time to make my DEN fight?


    with a dog


    What airport? What airlines?


    united. From tegucigalpa to iah and iah to denver


    That should barely be enough time. If your flight from TGU is late then you can be rebooked on the next flight to Denver. United has a lot of them. In Houston you will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bag at the transfer desk, go through security, and then to your departure gate, likely in Terminal C.


    May 26, 2015
    Hi! I have a flight going from Costa Rica to Orlando with a 1h 45 min connecting time in IAH (flying with Southwest) on 12/15. I'm traveling with a child (12 yo) and we're not US citizens. Do you think that'll be enough time? I'm not sure how fast the immigration officers fare with the non US citizen lines. Thanks!


    Southwest does not fly to IAH. They fly to HOU (Houston Hobby Airport). Yes, that should be enough time. There will be very few non-US Citizens on your flight.


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