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  • Guest pass
    Jun 14, 2016
    3
    Hello. One of my family friends is coming in from DFW and then has an layover of 3 hrs and 56 mins until she boards her London plane. My two girlfriends and I wanted to surprise her inside and wait with her until she has to go. Is there any way they will let us in if we got her boarding pass?

     

    Adults can't get gate passes to meet other adults.

     

    Do you think she would have enough time to get out and make it on time to her flight

     

    Maybe - barely, it would be best to meet her in the International terminal since security lines tend to be shorter there and it would be closer to her flight to London.

     

  • Flying into ATL from Mexico, worried about connection time
    Jun 8, 2016
    2
    Hello. I am a US citizen who lives in Mexico. I'm flying into ATL from Mexico City, then flying on to Heathrow from ATL. I am worried that the 1 hour & 46 minutes layover (assuming flight arrives on time from MxCty) won't be enough time to make my connection. Am I right in thinking I have to go through customs and security? Anything else? Am I worrying for nothing? Many thanks for any comments.

     

    Yes, you have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. This is a difficult connection, but not impossible.

     

    Zap, thank you so much for your reply. I will not be checking any luggage, so maybe that will give me some leeway.

     

  • Medellin-Atlamta-Wilmimgton layover on Delta
    Jun 6, 2016
    1
    What will I ha e to do during my hour and 45 min layover on Atlanta? I'm flying Medellin-Atlanta-Wilmington, NC on Delta. With a one-year-old!! Will I make it? If I don't, what's connectivity with Wilmington like? Will Delta cover the cost of I miss my connection? I know Atlanta is huge :/

     

    You will arrive in the E or F gates, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and take the Plane Train to your departure concourse. Delta has several daily flights from Atlanta to Wilmington and will rebook you on the next available one if you miss your connection.

     

  • 1hr 41 layover
    Jun 8, 2016
    2
    I have a an international layover from London to Lima, do I have to go through immigration in Atlanta and if so is this enough time?

     

    Yes, you have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. This is a very difficult connection.

     

    I am travelling with hand luggage only, can I simply go through immigration then straight to security with no need to re check in?

     

  • 46 min layover
    Jun 3, 2016
    1
    I will arrive in ATL from Louisville at 4:46 and a connecting flight at 5:32. That's only a 46 min layover will I have enough time to get to my connecting flight?

     

    Yes, that is enough time. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.

     

  • Luggage storage
    Jun 3, 2016
    1
    Where can we store our luggages during a long lay over at Atlanta airport? Wrap-a-bag is no more available. Any suggestions? Thanks

     

    No, there is no luggage storage.

     

  • ABQ-ATL-NRT
    May 20, 2016
    1
    I'm flyig from ABQ to ATL with Delta, I'm goin to be there at 11.20 and my international flight departs at 12.10. Will I make the flight? Do I need to go through customs? Do I need to pick up my suitcase?

     

    Yes, it's possible. There is no US Customs when exiting the US. You don't have to do anything with your bags. All you have to do is take the plane train from your arrival concourse to Concourse E or F where you depart.

     

  • International flight connection
    May 20, 2016
    0
    I will be traveling from ORD to EZE Buenos Aires making a stop at ATL. The layover time is 1 hr and 3 minutes. Do I have enough time to make my flight to EZE? Thank you

     

  • overnight stay at atlanta airport
    May 16, 2016
    1
    i travel from India and reach Atlanta by evening 5 pm. I have a domestic flight next morning at 7 am. I am a student so what are my options for overnight stay at airport.

     

    You can stay in the lobby of either terminal, neither of which are comfortable.

     

  • freaking out about layover
    Apr 14, 2016
    1
    I have a flight leaving Wednesday May 25 from Tulsa to ATL. The arrival says 9:15 pm and I have 58 minutes to catch the next flight to Buenos Aires at 10:13pm. I have no idea what gates or terminals I will be on and I was planning on having checked baggage. Am I going to have enough time or am I doomed if my plane to ATL is even a few minutes late. Delta said they'll charge me $395 to change my Tulsa flight. Would not checking baggage help at all?

     

    All you have to do in Atlanta on your way to Buenos Aires is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Your flight from Tulsa could be up to 30 minutes late and you'll still be OK. You will arrive in concourse A, B, C, or D and will depart from concourse E or F. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security. You don't have to do anything with your baggage on your way to Buenos Aires.

     

  • An hour layover
    Apr 10, 2016
    1
    Hi, flying from Toronto to Hawaii rhru Atlanta, Rhen LAX on April 24, I have an hour layover but I am afraid I have to run through the airports, both flight are Delta . If I pass thru customs in Montreal before fling will I have to change terminal?

     

    You will not have to change terminals in Atlanta but you will likely have to go to a different concourse. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.

     

  • Connection time
    Apr 1, 2016
    1
    I arrive from France 17:15 (terminal I) next connection flight to wilmington (Terminal S) 19:19 Do you think I have the time to go threw the immigration ? Thanks

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in concourse E/F, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and take the Plane Train directly to your departure concourse (no need to actually go to S Terminal).

     

  • Stopover
    Apr 1, 2016
    3
    I am travelling to Bahamas from Chicago OHare to Atlanta then to Bahamas. I will arrive in Atlanta at 11:04 am then depart at 12:10 pm to Bahamas. Is one hour enough to get to the next plane?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. You just have to take the plane train from your arrival concourse to your departure concourse.

     

    How long does it take from the arrival to the departure concourse ?

     

    less than 10 minutes

     

  • Enough time
    Mar 24, 2016
    1
    Hey. My flight from Honduras reaches Atlanta at 8:46 pm. I have a flight from Atlanta to Rome at 10:45 pm. I will have checked luggage. Is it enough time? (I am a US permanent resident, if that would affect my customs process)

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • LHR-ATL-MCO LAYOVER
    May 9, 2016
    2
    We are travelling to MCO via ATL on Virgin/Delta codeshare flights with 1hr 50 layover. I am recommending only taking hand luggage but our teenage girls are resisting. Will 1hr 50 give us time to complete the customs/immigration/baggage hall/baggage recheck process or should I stand firm with hand luggage plans?!

     

    I would insist on the no checked luggage, it will really help. 1 hr 50 minutes is pretty borderline as it is.

     

    Be firm about the carry on only!

     

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