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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • Enough layover time
    Feb 26, 2014
    My round trip US Airways flights from PHL to SAN stop at PHX. In each case I have 1 hour between flights. Is this enough time?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All US Airways gates at PHX are connected inside security.


  • Layover in IAH
    Feb 26, 2014
    I have my flight from MSY to IAH (Delta airline) and IAH to DXB ( Emirates). I have only 1 hour 20 min layover in IAH. will be it be enough? Please suggest


    You arrive at Terminal A & depart from Terminal D. Take the above-ground TerminaLink train inside security starting at Terminal A station & connecting to terminals A, B, C, D/E (a 30 mins transfer).


    Delta does not fly from MSY to IAH. Please double-check your itinerary.


  • Layover of 1 hour and 5 minutes to trnasit from Rome to Madrid
    Feb 19, 2014
    Please advise if one hour and 5 minutes transit time will be enough to transfer my luggage from a plane to another. I will be travelling from UAE- Abu Dhabi to Rome FCO Airport and then I will fly from Rome to Madrid as a final destination. I will have one luggage with me and I need to make sure that it will be transferred to my next plane during the one hour and five minutes layover. Thanks


    What airlines are you flying? I don't think that will be enough time as you will have to clear EU Immigration on arrival in Rome.


  • Houston layover, leave airport?
    Feb 13, 2014
    Hello, we are flying in (with a 9 and 11 year old) from Cozumel to Houston and have a 6 hour layover. Can we leave the airport and see a site in Houston (perhaps the Space Center or even go out to lunch at a restaurant)? Just curious about the security issue, not sure if we go through US customs when we arrive in Houston or at our final destination in Boston?


    You will go through Immigration in Houston. Yes, after you re-check your bags you could leave the airport. However, the Space Center is over an hour each way from the Airport, so considering it will take you about 45 minutes to clear immigration and customs and re-check your bags and the fact that you have to be back at the airport a little over an hour before your flight to Boston, that would leave you with only maybe an hour and a half at the space center. You could go to a restaurant near the airport. The Deerbrook Mall is not far from IAH and has a lot of restaurants nearby.


  • Is 2 hour layover time enough
    Feb 11, 2014
    I booked a wheel chair service of flight#DL128 for my parent next month because my father needs help, he can't walk far. They have 2 hour layover time at Seattle airport. Is 2 hour enough for them to get through International Visitor's Customs, pick up the checked baggage, and make the connecting flight#DL 9190(operated by Alaska air as AS 672)? Thank you very much for your advise!


    Yes, 2 hours should be enough time.


  • New Flyer
    Feb 6, 2014
    Looking for advice please!?


    Are you looking for advice on anything in particular? Where are you flying from and to?


  • 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.


  • Can we pick up our checked baggage for overnight layover?
    Jan 30, 2014
    Hi - we will arrive from Calgary, AB around 10pm at night and don't catch our next flight to Costa Rica until 11am the next morning. Because our flight to Costa Rica is with a different airline than what we arrived to Houston with, do we get to pick up our bags did the night? Thanks.


    Yes, when you check your bags in Calgary make sure that they are only checked through to IAH, then you can claim them in IAH and re-check them in the morning.


  • Friday night in Houston with Saturday flight
    Jan 28, 2014
    We're arriving at IAH at 20:00 on a Friday, but our flight back to Chicago isn't until 7:10. Is it worth going in to Houston for a night and staying at a hotel there? Any hotel that has its own entertainment or entertainment nearby? Thanks!


    Entertainment? What kind of Entertainment are you looking for. There is a hotel located inside IAH but it's a bit pricey. With that short of a layover if you don't want to sleep on the floor in the airport, I would just stay in an airport hotel. It's a long and expensive ride into the city from IAH.


    Thanks! I thought that might be the case but wanted to check.


  • Enough Layover time?
    Jan 27, 2014
    Next week I'll be flying from Brussels, Belgium to Philiadelphia and have a 2h 15min layover to get my flight to New York. Will this be enough time? I'm travelling with US Airways on both flights. And what kind of security control do I have to go through when I arrive in Philadelphia?


    Yes, that should be enough time but you may have to hurry. You will go through US Immigration, then claim your baggage, then go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage, then go up to the departures level and go through security. Then you will likely have to take a shuttle bus to Terminal F where most of the PHL-New York flights leave from.


    I'm arriving at Terminal A and my next flight is from Terminal C. Does this make a difference?


    Well if your departing flight is in C that makes it even easier, you can just walk from A to C.


  • is an hour enough to connect from domestic to international flight
    Jan 20, 2014
    DL 961(MCI) to DL 583(PVG)


    Yes, all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both be located on concourse A of the McNamara Terminal.


    what a relief! Thanks!


  • 1 hour layover sufficient?
    Jan 18, 2014
    My brother has a 1 hour, 10 min layover. He arrives in Terminal C, and departs from B. He was planning to go out through security (at B) to see us quickly then go back in. Will he have time to do that? How long does it take to go from C to B?


    He won't have much time to see you - maybe 10-15 minutes at most.


  • Meeting someone who has a layover
    Jan 17, 2014
    I am planning to meet my brother who has a 3 hour layover. Where is the best place to meet him at the airport, and do I go through security check to meet him?


    You can't go through the security checkpoint to meet him. He will have to exit security to meet you and then go back through when you're done. The best place to meet him would be the baggage claim of whatever terminal he arrives in.


  • Sister leaving in IAD
    Jan 16, 2014
    My sister is leaving tomorrow for Kuwait. She is departing in MDT had only 50 minutes to catch her International Flight to Kuwait. Is she is going to the customs or immigration before catching her flight in IAD going to Kuwait flight UA982. Any ideas if she is still going to immigration before catching her flight? Thank you


    No, in IAD all she has to do is go from her arrival gate on concourse A to her departure gate on Concourse D, which are connected by the AeroTrain.


  • What to do with baggage?
    Jan 13, 2014
    We have an 11 hour layover in AMS. Do I claim my luggage between connecting flights? If I want to tour a bit what do I do with my luggage? Is there a place to store the bags in the airport? How much time do I need to allow in the airport to make my connecting flight (9pm)


    Where are you coming from and where are you going? Did you buy all your tickets together or separately?


    We are coming from LAX to TLV. We are flying KLM the whole way. The tickets were purchased in 1 transaction


    You will not have to claim your baggage in Amsterdam. Here is a good description of what to do during your layover:


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