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  • IS 39 mins time enough
    May 13, 2013
    I am arriving on 5/26/13 flight 1267,terminal B. I leave on flight 4138 terminal C at 1:46pm. Will we make the flight. How can I find out which way to go when we get off the 1st plane,so that we are heading in the right direction for the 2nd flight?


    What airport are you talking about? Are you flying United at IAH? You might have your terminals backwards, United 1267 would arrive in C or E and 4138 would likely depart from B. Or are you talking about EWR?


  • Flying from Austin-IAH-SJO (Costa Rica)
    May 2, 2013
    My family is flying from Austin to Costa Rica, but we go through IAH both ways. I see lots of helpful advice about understanding that we must clear customs in Houston on the way back. Does anyone know if we have to clear customs in Houston on our way TO Costa Rica, from Austin? Can we not clear customs in Austin and then not worry about having to re-check out bags in Houston on our way to Costa Rica? Thanks!


    No, the only time you will go through any immigration on the way TO Costa Rica is when you get to Costa Rica. In IAH on the way there you will just have to go from your arriving gate to your departing gate - you won't have to do anything with your bags.


    Awesome, thank you for the info.


  • Customs & Baggage/security
    Mar 5, 2013
    Hello, Coming through customs from Costa Rica, if I have checked my bag in Liberia will it go straight through to my final diestination or do I need to pick it up and go through security again for my connecting domestic flight?


    When you arrive in the US you will clear immigration, claim your bag, go through customs, then recheck your bag with your airline. However, it will have a bag tag placed on it in Liberia to your final destination, so all you have to do is drop it off.


  • US Customs Office at IAH
    Jan 6, 2013
    I need to export some merchandise, flying Air France outbound to Paris. Where is the US Customs office?


    Call IAH at 281-230-3100 or e-main


  • Clearing Customs - Time Needed
    Dec 27, 2012
    1/12/2013, I will arrive in flight UA1401 from Bonaire at 11:43 a.m. My connecting flight, UA 684, departs Huston at 12:56 noon. Time total is 1 hour 13 minutes. Is that enough time to clear customs and catch my flight?


    As an international arrival at IAH you need to go through passport check, pick up your bag, go through customs clearance and re-check-in your bag where indicated. United uses Terminals A, B, C & E. After customs clearance in the International Arrivals building (follow signs), go straight out to the International Arrivals Lobby, take escalator down to the Inter-Terminal Train to Terminals A, B & C, which runs in a continuous loop. On arrival of your connecting terminal, you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. Gate numbers correspond with Terminals, i.e., Gate E12 -Terminal E. You should have sufficient time for transfer.


    Dec 24, 2012


    If you pick up by car, you have the option of parking in the cell phone lot ('Passenger Pickup Lot')--stay with your vehicle until your party has gathered luggage and calls you to be picked up at the curb. To access the lot, whether you are approaching the airport using John F. Kennedy Boulevard or Will Clayton Parkway, just follow the purple signs to the entrance. (Or use the garage for short-term parking). For paging call 281-230-3000. If arriving taxi, you will, on entering the terminal, see the ticket counters in front of you. Take the escalator to Level 1 - International Arrivals - with a lobby /passenger greeting area.


  • 16 hour layover GDL to DFW
    Nov 10, 2012
    2 adults 1 infant have a 16 hour layover in IAH from GDL. What happens to our checked bags??


    You need to contact your airline; however, note that if you use different airline you also need to find out if first airline will transfer bags to second one, as not all Airlines do - if not, you would have to go to the Terminal of your connecting airline and re-check in your bags there. On arrival at IAH, presuming you use United, you would either arrive at Terminals C or E - at gates C3-45 is a connector to Terminal E, where you need to go through passport control, pick up bags, go through customs clearance and re-check-in your bags. A 16-hr layover with a baby in tow is quite an undertaking; it may be easier for you to take your bags along, after passing customs clearance (presuming you stay over at a hotel) that way you have the assurance that your re-checked bags the next day will arrive safely at DFW.


  • C-18 to E-20
    Oct 24, 2012
    Have elderly passenger who cant walk that far, what are the best options?


    At IAH, the above-ground TerminaLink train, which starts its service at the Terminal A station, connects terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security. On arrival at gateway C14-23, (gate C18) the TerminaLink train station is clearly marked by signs; board the train to get Terminal E, gate area E12-24. NOTE: When making airline reservations, be sure to mention your passenger's special needs, including wheelchair assistance. This way your passenger will, on arrival at C gate, be met by an airline employee with a wheelchair. For more information contact the Airport Administrative Office at 281-230-3100.


  • layover chicago-houston-liberia
    Oct 7, 2012
    I have a flight on United Airlines going from Chicago to Houston that is scheduled to land at 08:01 and then must make a flight on United Airlines that leaves for Liberia airport in Costa Rica at 08:55. Will this be enough time?? Will our checked bags make it to our next flight? What is the quickest way to get to my terminal?


    On arrival at IAH take the above-ground TerminaLink train inside security to your connecting flight. United uses Terminals A, B, C, & E, with corresponding gates. On arrival at IAH look at the overhead screens to find your flight & gate number; then follow signs to the train. United will transfer your bags.


  • newark to cozumel
    Sep 26, 2012
    party of 4 traveling dec newark to coz through iah they changed it from a 1:14 to a 34 min lay over .. i was wondering if the gates in past they were close to each other


    Your arrival and departure at IAH depends on which airline(s) you take, for all details regarding terminal layout, transfer options and airline assignments, open and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS; then scroll down to the detailed text.


    it is conntinental/ united ewr 530 -8:14iah then 8:48 depart


  • Baggage Claim
    Sep 24, 2012
    My 12 year old is traveling to IAH alone. Can we meet him at the gate or does he have to find the baggage claim area?


    You will need a special pass - go to the specific airline counter to obtain it. Otherwise, he should just follow the flow of people and look for the Baggage Claim sign - at 12 they are quite capable!


  • Domestic flight to International flight
    Sep 20, 2012
    I am arriving on a United domestic flight from BHM to IAH. On a seperate reservation I will be leaving IAH to KUL on Singapore Airlines. I arrive at Terminal B and depart on Terminal D. What do I need to do after I get my bags at baggage claim?


    As you need to claim your bag after arriving at IAH, Terminal B, you need to take the Inter-Terminal Train below-ground, which connects Terminals A, B, Hotel, C, D/E outside security. At TD, take the escalator up to the first level and re-check in your bag before proceeding to security check and on to your gate: The departure level has 9 gateways: (from left to right: gateway leading to gates C14 to C2, and gates D1 to D3; gateway to Gates D4A & D4; Gates D5 through Gates D10 have separate gateways, with gateway to gates D11, 11A & 12 at the end.


    Do airlines transfer bags from one to the other?


  • Domestic or International
    Jul 23, 2012
    If I'm leaving from IAH to Dublin via Washington Dulles, will I depart from the International terminal or Domestic?


    IAD (Dulles Airport) has one passenger terminal with Concourse Z and with Midfield Concourses A - D. Your arrival and departure depends on your airline. Look at your ticket to see which gates you arrive at / depart from Dulles (i.e., gate A1, B35, etc.). Open and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS, then scroll down to the text indicating details about concourses and how to get around.


  • In transit
    Jul 17, 2012
    if i am in transit with a 2 1/2 hour connection, do i still need to collect my luggage and is it enough time ?


    If you are an international arrival count between 35 & 60 mins for passport check, baggage pickup, customs clearance & re-checking in bags before continuing to your connecting terminal/gate. IAH has Terminals A - E - your arrival and departure terminal depends on the airlines you use. Look at the ticket and the overhead screens on arrival to find your flight number, terminal & gate and departure time. The TerminaLink train starts its service at the Terminal A station, and connects terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security and makes frequent rounds.


  • Does Terminal E close
    Jul 13, 2012
    We have a 10 hour layover in IAH, from one afternoon to the next AM. Can we stay within the secured area & wait for our connecting flight?


    At IAH, Terminal E is open 24/7 - there is an abundance of restaurants & shops, some of which may be open until late. Google "Sleeping at the Airports" and see your options. You certainly can stay in the secured area, or for that matter in the non-secured area, where you would have to go through security check before proceeding to your connecting gate. Are you sure your connecting flight is also in Terminal E, if not open and click on "Terminal Map", under QUICK LINKS, then scroll down to the detailed text.


    Yes, our connecting flight is International, & is at the same "E" Terminal. Thanks. We'll check it all out.


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