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  • 11-25 48 minute layover
    Nov 23, 2014
    My young adult daughter is flying for the 1st time on her own and only has 48 minutes between connecting domestic flights. Her seat is in the middle of the plane. What are her quickest options to get off the plane and is there a way to find out ahead of time which gates she will need to go from and to?


    forgot to add that she is flying Delta


    Tell her to download the Delta app on her phone to store her flight details and provide her with gate information. If she doesn't have a smartphone that info is available at


    Thank you


  • 5 hours layover
    Oct 30, 2014
    Hi, I will be flying from Brazil to Japan next week. I will have about 5 hours layover In ATL. Can I leave the airport meanwhile? Is it enough time to get some line heading downtown for a walk?


    Yes, you can leave the airport, but 5 hours coming off of an international connection isn't really enough time to see anything.


  • Would you play?
    Oct 24, 2014
    I'm an entrepreneur, developing an interactive mobile puzzle hunt game. Our target audience is air travel passengers on a layover longer than 3 hours, who want to spend some time doing a cognitive challenging puzzle, while moving around the airport terminal, perhaps being required to meet others playing the game in order to release more clues needed to solve the puzzles. This will be played on your smart device and can be played as a race or at a non-competitive relaxed pace, to be determined after receiving feedback. The players will collect virtual inventory needed for the puzzle solutions and there will be a master puzzle that ultimately needs to be solved in order to earn a prize. I am looking for feedback while developing it. What do you think of this idea? Given that this is considered recreation or entertainment, how much would you be willing to pay for several hours of entertainment for your family or friends? Thank you!


  • International
    Oct 21, 2014
    Hi, I am landing in Atalanta and have 44 minutes to make a connecting flight to Turks & Caicos. Have never traveled through Atlanta and do not know how to get to International Terminal. Any suggestions on getting there quickly to avoid missing my flight. Do all international flights (Delta) leave from the in same location?


    You don't have to go to the actual International Terminal. You will arrive in concourse T or A-D and depart from concourse E or F. All concourses are connected inside security by the Plane Train. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Santo Doming - Atlanta - London connection time
    Sep 30, 2014
    Hi, I plan to fly with Delta from Santo Domingo (SDQ) to Atlanta, arriving at 17:30. Then I have just 2 hour 2 min connection to catch my flight to London (19:32). Both flight are with Delta. Is it enough time? will i have to pass passport control and claim my luggage at Atlanta? Thank you!


    Yes, upon arrival in Atlanta you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your baggage with Delta, then go through security. Then you can proceed to your departure gate to London. You should have enough time.


  • 2h50 layover - customs/pet
    Sep 23, 2014
    Hi, would a 2h50 layover at ATL be enough to go through customs (non resident visa but not WB) and then do the security check with a pet (will be requesting a private room) ? Delta says yes but you might have comments that say otherwise. Thank you for your comments.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • Layover
    Sep 15, 2014
    We are traveling to orlando from Aberdeen via Schiphol airport is 2 hours long enough for a layover we are traveling with klm and delta thank you


    Yes, 2 hours is enough time. You will clear US Immigration and Customs while in Atlanta.


  • VISA Requirements
    Aug 5, 2014
    I will be travelling from Dubai to Lima, Peru, with layover in Atlanta. Peruvian VISA is not required for me to travel to Peru. Do I need a US VISA even if I am just layover in ATL through Delta Air Lines, and will not go out in Atlanta or the US?


    Yes, if your nationality requires a visa to visit the US you need a Transit Visa to transit the US. Everybody goes through US Immigration upon arrival in the US, even if they are transferring onto another country.


  • 12 hours Layover
    Aug 5, 2014
    hi! I will travel from Paris to Mexico for a vacation, and they told me that I should have a long layover (12h) at Atlanta airport before I can continue my trip.. what I should do ? there is an internal hotel or I need to leave the airport to find one !! or I will stay on the chair for 12h after a flight of (10h 8m) from Paris to Atlanta ? thank you !


    There are no hotels inside the airport but there are several very close by. If you want to stay in the Airport that is also doable. Here is a guide to staying overnight at ATL -


    I can't leave the airport to find one by myself ? it will be very exhausting and disturbing to lay on the chairs or on the floor for 12h after 10h in the plane


    can anyone reply to me please !! my flight will be soon and I'm very puzzled about how I will spend 12h there !!


    Yes, of course you can leave the airport. However there is nothing you can walk to.


  • Delta layover
    Apr 14, 2014
    I have 55 between flights on delta. Will I make it to my flight (of course if it's on time too) if I have to take the train to a different concourse? Also how do you get to the train?


    There are a ton of signs pointing the way to the plane train. You can get between any two gates at ATL in under 20 minutes.


  • 4 hour Layover MAN-ATL-SFO Visiting Family Inbetween
    Apr 3, 2014
    Hello, I understand that I will need to recheck my bag once I clear customs and I would normally go thru another security checkpoint then onto the plane train to my domestic gate for the flight to SFO. My parents want to visit with me before I go on to the the SFO gate. So my question is, can I recheck my bag and then leave into the International lobby as if I was an atlanta bound passenger, visit with them for an hour or so, then go back thru security at the international side and go onto the the plane train to get to the domestic gate? Or will I have to take my bag with me after I clear customs and check it back in at the delta gate on international side or domestic side? Sorry I am a little confused about how to do this. Thank you in advance for anyones input.


    You should be able to do what you are originally planning.


  • doI have enough time
    Mar 12, 2014
    i will land on Saturday morning at 9AM at the domestic terminal (Terminal S) and my next plane will leave 9:50 at Terminal I (International) is 50 minutes enough time??Thx


    Yes that should be enough time. You don't actually have to change terminals. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The plane train connects all concourses inside security.


  • 7 hour layover
    Feb 6, 2014
    I have a 7 hr layover. I have never been to Atlanta. What do you recommend that is closer and easier to visit? Thanks so much


    There is nothing worth seeing that is close to the airport. You can ride MARTA into downtown to the five points station and walk to Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Center and a few other things. I don't think you would have time to go to the Georgia Aquarium. The MARTA ride from the airport to downtown takes a little less than an hour each way, so considering you should be back at ATL at least an hour before your second flight, you will probably have about 3.5 hours that you can spend downtown. There are also some nice restaurants downtown if you want to get a meal there.


  • Help
    Jan 13, 2014
    A friend is coming from Costa Rica with a 5 hours waiting time for his next flight with delta also to WI. Can I meet him at the airport? Where would be the best place ?


    It is possible to meet him. He will go through Immigration, customs, and security in Terminal E/F, then, normally, he would take the Plane Train to his departure concourse. However, he could take the Plane Train to the domestic terminal and you could meet him at the exit there. You could meet him or her at the top of the escalator there. After they're done they'll have to go through security in the domestic terminal and take the plane train to their departure concourse.


    So I need tell him that take the train to baggage claim right? There is where the escaledor are right? Is his first time flighting at all so I'm trying make it a little bit easy for him :) thank u.


    Well, he needs to take the train to the DOMESTIC baggage claim. He will have already passed through the International Baggage Claim and re-checked his bags at that point.


  • Can I make it?
    Dec 9, 2013
    Hi, I am flying from Omaha to Atlanta on 17th December with Delta Airlines (1956) and I have 45 minutes layover to catch plane to Costa Rica (353, also with Delta). Do you think it is possible? What to do if I miss the plane? Thank you!


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time that is enough time. All you will have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which are connected by the underground plane train. If you miss your flight you will be booked on the next flight, which may not be until the next day.


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