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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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  • Layover/Connection-Same Terminal Will I be waiting in Custom/Security?
    Apr 4, 2014
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    Have a layover in DFW (coming from inter nation, departing to international), andI know my connecting flight is out of the same terminal. This is my first time connecting at DFW, but have done intl-intl connections at JFK and ATL. People have told me that no matter where you arrive from and are departing too, you always clear customs are are re-screened. I remember this not being the case in ATL. What will happen this time?

     

    That is the case in ATL, DFW, and every other US airport.

     

  • Waiting for husband to arrive on a different flight in IAH
    Apr 3, 2014
    1
    Hi, I am travelling to IAH from Holland and i like to meet up my husband who is arriving 3 hours later from Detroit. Am i able to do some shopping in IAH before meeting him and not go through the customs? Thanks.

     

    You will be forced to go through immigration and customs after you arrive. There is no shopping between deplaning and customs.

     

  • 4 hour Layover MAN-ATL-SFO Visiting Family Inbetween
    Apr 3, 2014
    1
    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.

     

  • Do I have enough time for connection?
    Mar 29, 2014
    1
    Taking Delta flight 3472 from OKC connecting with Delta flight 5015 to ORF. Has 52 minute layover. Is that enough time to connect?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. All Delta gates at DTW are connected inside security and both of your flights will likely use the B/C concourse.

     

  • Overnight Layover
    Mar 29, 2014
    1
    We are arriving at Ohara on Copa airlines from Panama at midnight. Our domestic flight is at 6am at terminal 1. After going thru customs at terminal 5 and then taking the tram, will we be able to rest our weary feet until security opens at 4am?

     

    There are a few places to sit in the lobby and baggage claim of T1, but not many.

     

  • Layover 1h08mn
    Mar 23, 2014
    1
    Arriving from Montreal on tuesday at 10:22 am with US Airways , connecting flight to Cancun leaves 11.30 am. 1hr. 08 minute layover is it enough?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if your first flight is on-time. All gates at Charlotte are connected inside security and you will pre-clear US Immigration in Montreal.

     

  • Tight Connection at IAD with family
    Apr 4, 2014
    2
    ZAP and other IAD experts, I'm travelling with wife and 9 year old daughter from Seattle to Buffalo with a layover at IAD of 51 minutes. It's a part of one reservation with United. I guess I'll be arriving at terminal D at 9PM and taking off on a commuter plane from terminal A at 9:51 to BUF. Now I realize it may not be doable with carry on luggage and family. Can you guys suggest the best way to make this connection as it's the last flight to BUF that day. Thank you!

     

    If arriving at Midfield Concourse C/D, a shuttle will meet you near Gate D11 & Starbucks, and will take you to Midfield Concourse A/B, gate A6. 51 mins should suffice for transfer. To get an idea of the Terminal layout, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/iad, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    Thank you tumar14. I just hope my first flight is not late. I'm also thinking of trying for the Same day change with united. not sure if that would affect the remaining flights in my itinerary, but that's for another thread. Thanks for your reassuring words!

     

  • doI have enough time
    Mar 12, 2014
    1
    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.

     

  • Customs, layover and kids
    Mar 11, 2014
    1
    I am traveling with 4kids this summer and I am looking at going from Frankfurt to JFK to Austin. Will a 2hr layover in JFK allow me enough time to recheck my bags, go through customs and make my connection to Austin with 4 kids? Or am I better off take the ATL connection with 5hr layover?

     

    Would the tickets be bought together or separately? If together, 2 hours is enough at JFK, but it doesn't leave much room for error or delays.

     

  • Only 1.5 layout time Vancouver to Seattle to Tokyo
    Mar 7, 2014
    2
    Hi, I booked multiple ticket from UA with a section from YVR through SEA to NRT. I have only 1.5 layout time in SEA as follows: YVR 1110 (Air Canada Express operated by Jazz Aviation) to SEA 1200 Then SEA 1315 to NRT Do I need to go through Custom and get the luggage and I am worry that 1.5 hour is not enough. Previous section of the ticket is from SFO to YVR. Shall I be counted as first entry to US and have to go through custom? Please kindly advice Many thanks

     

    You will go through US Immigration and Customs at the Preclearance facility in Vancouver. In Seattle, all you will have to do is go from your Air Canada gate in Concourse A to your departure gate. United no longer flies from Seattle to Tokyo, so if you booked your flight through United it is probably operated by ANA and will leave from Concourse S. There is a train that connects A and S inside security. You should have enough time.

     

    thank you very much! That's reassuring!

     

  • Arrive from Milan into JFK then JFK to New Orleans
    Feb 28, 2014
    2
    I arrive at JFK on Emirates from Milan on a Sunday at 7pm. Connecting flight on JetBlue at 9:39pm. Is that enough layover time for customs, security, bagcheck (we will just have carry-on)?

     

    Many thanks for any opinions. Want to buy my ticket soon :-)

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. If possible, check in for your JetBlue flight on-line before you leave Milan.

     

  • Enough layover time
    Feb 26, 2014
    1
    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
    2
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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.

     





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