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  • No Priority line at TSA for International returns
    Nov 30, 2015
    FYI: Just returned from Belize through Houston. There were no Priority lines at TSA check point (same as I experienced last year). Do not count on whisking through this point, no mater your ticket level. The line did move pretty briskly, however. About 20 minutes at Customs and 20 minutes thhrough the TSA check. We will be getting our Global entry and TSA pre checks to help reduce some time for next years trips. :-) Does anyone know if precheck will help with the TSA line or does this merely mitigate that you have to take off (shoes/belt) at the line?


    Yes, Pre-check gets a separate line at security at most airports.


    Thanks, Do you know if that is still true at IAH on international returns? I did not see any separate line, other than flight crew, at that TSA checkpoint.


  • NEW to Airplane travel
    Nov 29, 2015
    In December I will be flying in from Seattle and arriving at IAH at 623PM and departing to GDL at 910PM. Can you tell me what and where I need to go when I get to IAH and what do what and where do I need to catch flight to GDL? Will I have enough time to eat? Can you change US money to Mexico money at IAH? Any advice is appreciated. Any information about purchasing bus tickets at GDL to get to Michoacán? Thanks. I think is great to be able to post.


    On your way to Guadalajara all you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate, which will be in terminal C or E to your departure gate which will be in Terminal B or E. There will be a currency exchange at IAH but you will get better rates by getting Pesos from your local bank or even from your hotel in Mexico. You will go through Mexican immigration and customs when you get to Guadalajara. Where in Michoacan are you going? it's a fairly large state. https://www.primeraplus.com.mx/ is a bus service that operates in that region. I assume you speak Spanish or this will be a very difficult trip for you.


    I will be traveling to Cualcoman. Yes, I do speak Spanish. Thanks so much for your quick response.


  • Where to meet
    Nov 19, 2015
    My wife and daughter are arriving @ IAH tonight. They are to arrive in terminal E, but if I remember baggage claim for domestic is in terminal C. Where do they go and where can I meet them?


    Yes, if they are on a domestic flight arriving into E they will claim their bags at the Terminal C baggage claim. You can meet them there.


  • Wheelchair assistance
    Nov 16, 2015
    Need wheelchair at boarding area for my wife


    You need to contact her airline.


  • Security Questions
    Oct 30, 2015
    My aunt says that she will go thru customs in Honolulu but arriving at Terminal E this morning. Does that mean she has to go thru customs again? Can I meet her at the gate?


  • short layover in Houston from CUN
    Oct 27, 2015
    Hi, My wife and I, along with our 2 small kids, have a 1 hour 12 minute layover in Houston coming in from Cancun. Will we even have time to clear customs and board my plane to LAX? Thanks, Fernando M.


    That is 18 minutes shorter than the minimum international to domestic connection time at IAH. I recommend contacting your travel agent or United for a later flight to LAX.


    thank you for the advice.


  • Connecting flight - immigration & sec check
    Jan 10, 2015
    We will be arriving in IAH from Europe - connecting flights to San Antonio. We will have 140 minutes to get to the next flight. 1. Will this time be enough? 2. We need one wheelchair (already contacted the airline) - will we be picked up at the plane and will they help us through the immigration? 3. Will we have to pick up our luggage and check it in again? Thanks!! 3.


    Yes, that should be enough time. Yes, wheelchair assistance will meet you at the plane and make sure you are taken care of until you are on board your second plane. Yes. You will have to pick up your bags after Immigration, then go through customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk before going through security and to your departure gate.


  • SAL-IAH-EWR-BHX Flight - Do I have to claim baggage at IAH?
    Dec 31, 2015
    Good morning everybody and happy 2015! ^___^ I have the following flight plan on January the 8th, 2015: San Salvador (El Salvador) SAL - Houston IAH {UA 1467} (2 hours 5 minutes connection time) Houston IAH - Newark EWR {UA 0369} (1 hour 50 minutes connection time) Newark EWR - Birmingham (United Kingdom) BHX {UA 0027} I bought the three flights as a single ticket with United. Although I wish I could check in my bag in SAL to final destination and claim it at BHX, I doubt that this is allowed on a International-to-National and National-to-International USA connection combo like the one I have at IAH-EWR The question is: do I have to claim my bag at IAH, or EWR, or it can be sent straight to final destination? And: how long does it take to claim and re-check my bag at IAH? Does United have any priority queue for short connections? Kindly let me know! Your insight is much appreciated! And, again, have a wonderful 2015! ^___^ - Sam


  • 46 minutes
    Dec 31, 2015
    I am traveling from St. Louis to Dallas and from Dallas to OKC. I have a 46 minute layover in Dallas. Will that be enough time to catch my connecting flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time, but be aware that you posted this in the forum for the Houston airport.


  • Water Pipe
    Dec 27, 2014
    I will be flying from Portland Maine to Houston. I currently have a medical marijuana card and my question is whether or not it would be legal to bring my water pipe that i bought in Maine, to Houston.


    It could be confiscated.


  • Returning from LIR to IAH then to EWR
    Dec 22, 2014
    Do we have to claim bags after fight from LIR go through customs and recheck bags before connection home to EWR? Flying first class, and want to utilize united club while waiting and not sure about time.


    Yes, upon arrival at Terminal E at IAH you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go to the departure level and through security and to your departure gate, which will be in C or E (probably C).


  • Mexico City - Houston - Munich
    Dec 21, 2014
    Hi, on Tuesday I'll have a flight from Mexico City to Munich/Germany with a transfer in Houston. I've got a 2 hours layover and want to know if this is enough time? I'm a German citizen, do I need to go through customs? It's a United flight, what happens if I miss it? Thanks!


    Yes, you will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration and customs, then go through security and to your departure gate, also in Terminal E. You should not have to claim your baggage as you are on an International to International connection but please confirm that with the United agents in Mexico and Houston. If you miss your connection you will be rerouted to Munich via a different route, likely through Frankfurt., possibly on the same flight the next day.


  • Where do I get my baggage?
    Dec 17, 2014
    I arrive from Edmonton Canada in terminal E, where do I pick up my baggage?


    Chances are you will actually arrive in Terminal C. You will claim your baggage at the domestic baggage claim in Terminal C, United staff will tell you the exact claim.


  • Meeting someone during layover at IAH
    Nov 21, 2014
    My friend will be flying on United Airlines from Gulfport, Mississippi to Houston, Texas on December 21. She will fly on flight UA4588. Her flight arrives in Houston at 7:57 AM, and then she will fly out at 11:25 AM that morning. We plan to meet during this time, which is the reason for her long layover. Arriving in Terminal A that morning, where would be the place to meet her at? I will not be going through security as I will not be flying, so I need somewhere to meet that is outside security. She will need to head back through security and get to Terminal B to catch her departing flight. I have 2 questions: a) Where does she go after arriving in Terminal A to meet me? b) Where do I go after parking to go meet her? Thank you very much for any help!


  • 1 hour 40 minute connection time
    Nov 10, 2014
    I'm flying in from London next sat on United. I am transiting en route to Managua, also on United. I understand I have to retrieve my luggage and go through immigration/customs. I have a visa waiver. Am I right in assuming that I arrive and depart from Terminal E ?Do I have sufficient time between flights? What do I do with my bags?


    Yes, both flights will be in Terminal E. United does have a policy at IAH where bags on International to International connections do not have to be collected to go through US Customs, but please confirm this with the United agents in London and Houston.


    Thanks mate. I'll check with United at Heathrow


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