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  • Should I avoid checking in baggage
    May 29, 2015
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    Hi! I'm arriving from YUL on United at 9:10pm to IAD, I have 50 mins connect to a United flight to GRU. Since United is on the same concourse I'm okay for catching the flight but will checked baggage also have enough time to transfer or should I just bring carry-on? Thank you very much.

     

    Checked baggage should be OK. However, the late flight from YUL to IAD frequently appears that it arrives at concourse A, so be prepared to hurry and take the train or Mobile lounge to concourse C where your GRU flight will depart. If you bring a carry-on you will just have to wait for it planeside in IAD because the plane has small overhead bins.

     

  • Connecting flight within 30 mins of landing
    May 28, 2015
    1
    Flying to san martin with US airways and there is a 30 mins layover in PHL before we catch the next flight! Is 30 mins enough to make it to our connecting flight to san martin! hopefully we might have to run from terminal B/C to A west! Do we need to go through security again for international flights?

     

    No, you don't need to go through security. All gates at PHL are connected inside security.

     

  • YUL-DFW-LAS
    May 28, 2015
    4
    I am canadian and I got an itinerary YUL-DFW-LAS with 9 hr layover. I wish to go in downtown Dallas. Do I need to go through US Immigration? Do we need to retrieve bags or can they go straight through to Las Vegas?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. Is your layover overnight or same day? There's not much to do in downtown Dallas and it's a long way from the airport.

     

    Thanks Zap. Yes, the layover is the same day.

     

    In that case you shouldn't have to claim your bags in DFW.

     

    Thank you so much for your quick response.

     

  • 1 hour 4 mins Layover - Spirit Airline
    May 25, 2015
    1
    I am going to travel from San Jose, Costa Rica to New Orleans in August. I will be arriving from San Jose to Fort Lauderdale at 5:56AM and the flight to New Orleans will depart at 7:00. Is this enough time for picking up and rechecking in my bag and going through custom & immigration?

     

    Normally that would be pushing it, but I think that early in the morning you'll be OK assuming your flight from SJO is on-time. If it's late it'll be tough. Unfortunately if you miss your connection that is the only Spirit flight between FLL and New Orleans all day. They would have to rebook you through Dallas, Chicago, or Detroit.

     

  • 4.5hrs layover with kids
    May 22, 2015
    0
    Hi, we arrive at FCo from Palermo, Sicily, before we fly onto Barcelona. We have about 4…5 hours layover in the middle of the day. We have out two boys, 14&6, with us, so we would love to leave the airport and spend the time getting some lunch and getting some fresh air. Happy to get a taxi to and from. Any recommendations? We don't need to go into Rome as will have been there before heading to Sicily...

     

  • Atlanta 30 minute layover
    May 20, 2015
    1
    I am flying from norfolk Virginia to Indiana. I have a 30 minute layover in Atlanta, is that enough time to make my next flight. I am flying delta airlines.

     

    It's barely enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security. You will barely have enough time if your flight from Norfolk is on-time.

     

  • Connection flight
    May 19, 2015
    1
    I'm flying in from Amsterdam v min with connection flight to Orlando . Is 2 hours enough time to do this .

     

    Where are you connecting? What airlines are you flying? Were tickets purchased together or separately?

     

  • Flying from Houston to Sydney via Dallas with Qantas
    May 20, 2015
    5
    Purchased tix from Qantas. Flying out of Houston and Final destination is Sydney. Few questions: 1. Do we have to pick up our bags in Dallas and re-check in 2. There is only a 1 hour layover, will that be enough time to arrive and go to the next flight. If not, what would be the minimum amount of time required? Thanks in advance.

     

    No you will not have to pick up your bags in Dallas on the way to Sydney. 1 hour should be enough time. Your flight from Houston to Dallas will be operated by American. You will have to take the SkyLink train from your arrival terminal to Terminal D where your flight to Sydney will depart. The SkyLink train runs inside security.

     

    Thanks Zap! Appreciate your quick response.

     

    How many minutes between arriving terminal to terminal D?

     

    Somewhere between 5 and 15, depending on where you arrive.

     

    Thanks, Zap

     

  • SLC-SFO-CDG
    May 16, 2015
    0
    HI I am flying from SLC to CDG (france) with a 1 hour layover in SFO with one checked item. Do I have enough time? Do I have to go through security and get my checked item? Or is my checked item going directly from SLC to CDG? I'm french by the way.

     

  • Layover
    May 18, 2015
    6
    My international flight KLM will arrive Detroit at 12 19pm and the connecting flight to Columbus is at 1 57pm which is delta operated by shuttle America ...will this 1hour 38mins enough for the immigration ?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if the first flight is on-time.

     

    Thanks for the reply..and do we have to recheckin the baggage in the detriot airport

     

    Yes, in Detroit you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.

     

    Thank you...are you sure in each and every case this would apply?..because when I call the KLM customer care they give variety of answers each time like you don't have to collect your baggage at Detroit ,it reaches your final destination and other customer care representative says you have to recheck in the baggage...this is the reason I am confused :(

     

    Everyone arriving on an International flight into Detroit has to collect their baggage to go through US Customs. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed.

     

    Thanks for your patience...it's a great help

     

  • international transferred to domestic layover
    May 15, 2015
    1
    i am flying from Shanghai to Baltimore, I have a layover in Detroit. My flight got delayed 3 hours so I will arrive in Detroit through Delta 582 at 9:15pm and transfer to 679 Delta 679, which leaves around 9:55pm. Is 40 minutes enough time since it is international flight transferring to domestic? Thanks!

     

    No, it isn't under normal circumstances. However, that late immigration and customs at DTW will be empty and security lines should be short. So you have a chance of making it. Especially if the flight to Baltimore is delayed a little bit.

     

  • layover only 1hr & 10 minutes
    May 16, 2015
    2
    am flying from PDX to JED saudi arabia, i have two stops: 1st in SEA with 1hr layover & 2nd in Paris, then from paris to saudi arabia. My ques. is: after check-in in Portland, and arriving SEA; Do i'll have to go through customs and collect my bags and re check-in ? or i can go directly to my next flight gate. Knowing that i purchase 1-tkt with one reservation. And should 1hr is enough time !!? pls advice.

     

    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

    thanks...

     

  • Will 38 mins layover be enough?
    May 13, 2015
    1
    I will fly from Chicago Midway with Delta 4832 arrive at Detroit 2.42 PM and will fly from Detroit with Delta 1486 at 3.20 PM to Washington DC. Will I have enough time to reach my next flight? And what about my loaded luggage?

     

    That should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All Delta gates in DTW are in the McNamara Terminal and connected inside security. It obviously doesn't leave much time to spare if your flight from Chicago is delayed.

     

  • T1-T5
    May 13, 2015
    1
    Hi I will be arriving at T1 at 10.25am and have a flight from T5 at 1.05pm. These are two seperate tickets and I have 1 checked bag. I plan to check in online for my JetBlue flight so I will only have to drop my bag. I am quite familiar with JFK. Will a 2h40m layover be enough?

     

    Yes, if your first flight is on-time you should have enough time.

     

  • Layover Time From Aruba through CLT
    May 12, 2015
    1
    Our layover in CLT coming from Aruba is 1 hr 20 minutes. Is this enough time to make our flight? It's at 10 p.m on a Wednesday night. If we check a bag do we have to claim it at customs, or will it be checked through to Norfolk? Would it be better to do carry-ons?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Aruba. All you have to do in Charlotte is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. your bags will be transferred for you

     





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