Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta (ATL) AIRPORT TERMINAL CONNECTIONS DISCUSSION FORUM
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We are flying Southwest, with a 3hr 20min layover in Atlanta before our flight to Columbus departs. Will we have enough time to go through customs, re-check our bags, go through security and make it to our connecting flight on time?
I'm flying in from Manchester UK (virgin) and traveling on to Jackson WY with Delta we have 1:45mins is thus enough time?. Also the only checked baggage is oversize (snowboard bags). What do we have to with these?
You will arrive in Concourse E or F, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and take the Plane Train to your departure concourse. Oversize bags will just be on a different baggage claim but are otherwise treated the same. You have barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.
Last year we flew from the Cayman Islands to Detroit via ATL. We had a rough time getting through security after customs and immigration and made our flight with 10 seconds to spare. This year we booked the same flight, and were assured that wasn't the norm. However my parents came through ATL from Barbados tonight and were in customs/immigration/security for 2.5 HOURS. We will have two small kids along, and waiting that long will be beyond miserable with them, not to mention we only have 1 hour and 45 minutes to make our flight to Detroit. Everything is booked, or I would just change our flight right now. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
There's not much you can do, just hope for the best.
My daughter is flying into ATL from ORD arriving around 10:15 into gate E26. She then is catching a flight from gate F4 departing at 11 am (international). What's the best way to get to the other gate? The maps aren't really clear. Will she have to go through security again to get to Terminal F? We know it's a tight connection but she'll be checking her luggage in ORD. TIA!
She won't have to go through security again. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security. She has enough time if the first flight is on-time.
So the best way to get from E to F is the plane train? Not to walk? This is first time traveling by herself and we've never been to the ATL airport so we're just trying to cover all of the bases. Thanks.
You can do either. It doesn't make much difference.
I'm travelling from Chicago to Atlanta to Brussels in March and then back again. I have a layover on the way there of 1 1/2 hours and on the way back of just under 2 hours. All on one ticket. Do I have enough time to make my connecting flights?
Yes, that is enough time. On the way there all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate on the Plane Train. On the way back you will arrive in Concourse E or F, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and take the Plane Train to your departure concourse.
I just booked my ticket to Liberia from Zurich via Amsterdam and Atlanta with Delta. Would you please tell me if I need any of the visas to get through transfer desk in Atlanta (I am European) and do I need to go through all "checkin, claim baggage and checkin again" procedure if our flight arrives at around 14.50 and leaves around 17.50?
If you are a Swiss citizen you just need ESTA to transit the USA, you don't need a visa. And 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 to your departure gate. You have enough time.
ZAP, thank you for your answer. I am actually a polish citizen and my boyfriend is german. Is the ESTA visa still enough? Also on the way back we need to stop over for a night in Los Angeles. Do we need to get another ESTA or some other type of papers?
Hi, I normally fly via Dublin where I can do immigration pre-check, but this time it was much cheaper via Manchester in England, which has no pre-check yet. Flying with Virgin Atlantic. Does anyone know the process upon arrival at Atlanta? Will it be a case the bags will pass through automatically? And what Terminal and what average wait time for immigration at Atlanta? I have 2 hours between connections all being well.
Many thanks for the help!
In Arrival you will arrive in Concourse E or F, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and take the Plane Train to your departure concourse. You should have enough time.