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  • 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.


  • Smoking
    Jan 7, 2014
    I have a 1 hr layover arriving and departing from terminal c. Do I have enough time to go out and smoke? From my research I have found out that I would have to go through security again.


    I probably wouldn't but if your flight is on-time you probably do if you hurry.


    I know it's risky. I have never been through that airport so I wasn't sure where you have to go and how long it will take to get back through security on a normal day there. I from Columbus and it never takes more than 10-15 minutes.


  • layover and checked bags
    Jan 7, 2014
    I am going to have a long layover at DFW coming from Sau Paulo. After going through immigration and customs, can I take my checked bags with me, and recheck them later with my connecting flight?


  • 10 Hour Layover Terminal 8 help
    Dec 30, 2014
    Hi, I arrive Terminal 8 from London on British Airways to JFK at 22:30 I don't fly out again from Terminal 8 on American Airlines to San Francisco until 8:00am the next morning so have a 10 Hour Layover! I was wondering what I would be best doing. I would be happy to stay in airport lounch but not sure if any open 24 hrs through the night, also thinking about hotel but really once I clear customs then possibly have to check my bags again it only leaves 6 Hours or less to be safe. I leave in 5 days time so any help would be much appreciated! Many Thanks


    You may not be able to re-check your bag upon arrival and may have to wait until about 4 or 5 AM to do so if you decide to stay in the airport. You may want to read this guide at Sleepinginairports - It seems the best place to wait out the night is in Terminal 5.


    Also, British Airways-operated flights arrive in Terminal 7, not Terminal 8.


  • Visiting my friend on layover at JFK
    Dec 27, 2013
    Hey my friend is coming through delta on a flight from the Dominican Republic to Ohio and is on layover at JFK for about 12hrs. Is there a way that I can go see her there before she departs to Ohio? And where and how would this be done?? By the way she is a minor with a student visa to go on an student exchange with a school in Ohio.


    She will exit customs in Terminal 4 and you could meet her there (it is in the non-secure area). You could then go anywhere you want as long as she gets back to JFK about 90 minutes before her flight to Ohio.


    Oh thank you! And another thing. Once we come back for her flight to Ohio she has to go through the other terminal right?? I mean the terminal listed on the ticket??


    Yes, if she's on a Delta Connection flight it probably leaves from Terminal 2. You can check on your phone to find out the exact terminal.


  • 1 hour connection in LAX
    Dec 21, 2013
    Hi, we are flying from YVR to ZIH (in Mexico) on Alaska Airlines with a 1 hour connection in LAX. Is that enough time?


    At YVR go through US customs clearance; on arrival at LAX at Terminal 6 simply walk to your connecting gate. T6 has gates 70A -71B, 72 & 73 & 74A -77B.


    Yes, that should be enough time. All Alaska gates are connected beyond security at LAX and you will pre-clear US immigration in Vancouver.


  • Bag Re-check
    Dec 19, 2013
    Hi, I have a flight leaving Dublin tomorrow at 1115am to Philadelphia with a layover at JFK (departs at 450pm). This was purchased under one ticket. Will it be necessary to recheck luggage at JFK before the connecting flight? Thanks!


    You shouldn't have to if your bags are checked through to PHL as you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin.


  • 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.


  • transfer time from barcelona to paris
    Dec 8, 2013
    I will be taking a flight from barcelona to paris and the transfer time is 50 minutes for me to catch another flight to Amsterdam. Is 50 minutes sufficient? Does Spain belong to EU ?


    Yes, Spain, France, and the Netherlands are all part of the Schengen area so you will not have to go through any immigration on your trip.


  • checked baggage on overnight layovers
    Dec 2, 2013
    I get into IAH around 1:00 am and leave for Panama the next day around 8:30. If I check luggage, will I be able to retrieve it from baggage claim or will they hold it somewhere for the next flight? I'm currently deciding whether or not to take advantage of the in airport Marriott.


    I assume you mean you are arriving at 1 AM and departing at 8:30 AM. If you have your bags checked through to Panama you will not be able to claim them in Houston.


  • Enough time to wine and dine?
    Nov 22, 2013
    Hi, I am coming in from the Los Angeles airport, arriving in terminal C, and have a connecting flight to Brazil. My flight arrives at 4:30 and leaves to Brazil at 9:15. Do I have to go through Customs/migration ? Is this enough time to leave the airport and get some fresh air? I assume my luggage will already be checked in. Thanks.


    No, on your way to Brazil you don't have to go through any immigration or customs or do anything with your bags. Yes, you can go step outside.


  • Connecting between BOS and Billings
    Nov 12, 2013
    Which terminals does Delta use for incoming flights from Boston and outgoing flights to Billings? Is there a tram that connects the two terminals? Is 50 minutes enough layover time?


    All Delta flights are in the Lindbergh terminal and all gates are connected beyond security. 50 minutes is enough time.


  • have a 12 hour lau over in JFK, at terminal 8
    Nov 10, 2013
    what can we do interesting in this time span?


    There's not much to do in the actual terminal. In that time you can go into manhattan for a few hours. If you want to go somewhere closer and simple you could take a taxi to Flushing Meadows Corona Park (site of the world's fairs) which is about 10 miles from JFK.


  • Is the layover time enough for connection at IAD?
    Nov 6, 2013
    I will be flying from Montreal to IAD by UNITED 3714 operated by /GOJET AIRLINES DBA UNITED EXPRESS and then connect to UNITED 897 to Beijing. The layover time is 50mins. How do I check what the arriving gate and the departure gate are? Is the layover time enough? Thank you very much!


    You will both arrive and depart from the C/D concourse at IAD. You will pre-clear US immigration in Montreal. You just have to go from gate to gate at IAD, so assuming your first flight is on-time, you will have plenty of time.


  • Traveling from palm beach to Dubai with 2 hour layover @ JFK
    Nov 6, 2013
    Traveling from palm beach to Dubai with 2 hour layover @ JFK. Is 2 hour is enough to pass security and catch the next flight. And I will travel in JetBlue from palm beach to JFK and emirates from JFK to Dubai , all are in one ticket, so do I need to check out the luggage and check in again at JFK?


    If everything was booked on one ticket your bags should be checked straight through to Dubai and you won't have to do anything with them at JFK. You will just have to take the Airtrain/Air Terminals Train 1 stop from Terminal 5 to 4 and go through security. Assuming your first flight is on-time you should have plenty of time.


    Thanks sir..


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