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  • Layover
    Sep 15, 2014
    We are traveling to orlando from Aberdeen via Schiphol airport is 2 hours long enough for a layover we are traveling with klm and delta thank you


    Yes, 2 hours is enough time. You will clear US Immigration and Customs while in Atlanta.


  • Lax between flights
    Sep 15, 2014
    We arrive at LAX terminal B at 6.30am and have a connecting flight to Vancouver which departs terminal M at 2.35pm. Will our bags be checked straight through or do we have to collect them and re-check? If we have to re-check will we need to take them to Terminal B to do this or is there a transfer drop point? We are hoping to take a taxi to Venice Beach or Hollywood to have a quick look around between flights.


    LAX does not have a Terminal M. What airlines are you flying and where are you coming from on your first flight?


    We are arriving on Virgin flight from Brisbane, Australia (code share with Delta, which is our connecting airline)


    OK. You will arrive in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, then follow the sign for connecting passengers to re-check your bags with Delta. Then you will exit the Terminal and walk to the right to Terminal 5 where your Delta flight to YVR will depart.


    If you want to look around you can do so - it's about a 20 minute taxi ride to Venice Beach. Be back to LAX by 1 PM. Hollywood is much further away (over an hour in traffic).


  • 80min Int'l Layover
    Sep 13, 2014
    Hello - I have an 80min layover in DFW, arriving from Lima, Peru (LIM) and connecting to Incheon, Korea (ICN). Will this be enough time with immigration and rechecking my bags? I'm not an American citizen. Any assistance would be much appreciated - thank you!


    It's below the minimum connection time by 10 minutes. However, since there's only one flight a day to/from DTW to those locations, you might as well try it. If you miss you'll get rebooked over somewhere else or get to stay in Dallas overnight.


    Thanks for the info! Very helpful.


  • 6 Hr Lay over waitng for Transporter bus
    Sep 13, 2014
    My son will be arriving 5 am and bus doesn't leave until 11 am. Rather than going directly to baggage claim and getting his lugguge, can he stay in the concourse to eat and shop? Can we arrange to have his bag kept for later pickup? Waiting for 6 hrs lugging his large suitcase and waiting in the bus wait area seems tortuous. Thanks in advance to your replies.


    If it is an international flight he won't even be allowed on the concourse - he will be sent straight to Immigration, international baggage claim, and customs. If it's a domestic flight, he can take his time, but they will not "hold" a bag to come out at a specific time.


    It is a domestic flight. I was hoping he would not have to spend the entire time waiting with his bag. How long do you think is reasonable to get to baggage claim before he would risk losing his bag. 1 hour too long?


    1 hr would probably be ok


  • toronto to sydney flight
    Sep 11, 2014
    I am flying direct from toronto to sydney with a stop in vancouver. Are you allowed to disembark the plane on this 1 hr and 40 min stop


    Yes, as long as the flight is on-time you will likely be allowed to disembark.


  • Time zone confusion
    Sep 8, 2014
    If my plane leaves Dubai at 8:30 AM on Oct 31, and flies non-stop to JFK for 13 hours, 45 minutes, what day and time is it in NYC when I land?


    It will 2:30 PM the same day, still on October 31.


  • layover
    Sep 3, 2014
    i'am flying into terminal c from Dublin with a 6 hour lay over is it ok to leave the terminal to visit some friend's locally


    Yes, you will have already cleared US Immigration and there's nobody guarding the doors to the airport. You'll have to go through security again when you come back.


  • 4 Hr layover in Seattle enough time to..
    Sep 1, 2014
    Hi, I'm flying to Hawaii and have a 3 hr and 43 min layover in Seattle, about how much time does security clearance usually take? So I can leave the boarding area and have enough time to make it back in for my flight.


    It depends on the time of day and day of week - anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes probably.


  • LAS - JFK - Paris
    Aug 28, 2014
    Hey, I'm travelling from LAS to JFK and get there at 4pm on 10.10, then I have a separate flight from JFK to Paris (France) at 7pm on 10.10 (3h difference). Will it be enough? Do I have to pick up luggage or anything like that? I'm from Europe, but since I'm flying from LA to NY, I believe that I don't have to clear customs, just pick luggage as the flights are separate? Thanks for the answers!


    Yes, since the first flight is domestic all you'll have to do is pick up your baggage and take it to your second airline. 3 hrs should be plenty of time.


  • 2hrs 15 mins sufficient to get immigration,customs, terminal 3 to 5
    Sep 16, 2014
    I am taking Cathay Pacific Flight CX 7673 from Pittsburgh to Chicago(ORD). Then I need to get immigration, collect my luggage, run through customs and then move from terminal 3 to terminal 5 to board CX 807 to Hongkong. I have a time of max 2 hours for this. is it manageable?


    Your first flight will be operated by American. Yes, that should be plenty of time. You actually will not go through Immigration or customs or do anything with your luggage in ORD on your way OUT of the US. All you have to do is exit Terminal 3, go to the ATS train, take it 1 stop to Terminal 5, and go through security and to your departure gate. Your bags will be automatically transferred.


    Hey ZAP. Thanks for your reply. Does it mean the Immigration and Security would be done at Pittsburgh itself ? If there is no immigration to be done at Chicago(ORD), I also assume 2 hours should be fine.


    You do not go through US Immigration when leaving the US. You will go through security in Pittsburgh. You will go through Hong Kong immigration when you get to Hong Kong (if that's your final destination).


  • 6 hours
    Oct 30, 2014
    I have a 6 hour layover then continuing on to Dublin (International Flight). Is this enough time to leave airport to see any sites?


    Not really. It takes quite awhile to get from Dulles to any sites, unless you want to see the Udvar Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum which is located just outside the Dulles Airport grounds and is connected to Dulles by a Bus -


    Thanks for the response. Trip already came and went… and since we arrived 3 hours late it didn't really matter. Thanks anyway!


  • Short lay over
    Aug 23, 2014
    Hi I am looking at flights from Hanoi to Fairbanks, the flights go from Seoul to Seattle with 1h 46 before the flight to Fairbanks, the flight from Seoul is with delta and the flight to Fairbanks is also with delta. Will I be able to book my bags through to Fairbanks. Or will I need to go through customs? If I need to re book my bags through and go through customs is 1h 46 enough time?


    Yes, 1 hr 46 minutes is enough for your connection. You will have to claim your bags after going through US Immigration, go through US Customs, and re-check your baggage with Delta.


  • Customs from Incoming International flight
    Aug 18, 2014
    Will 1hr45 min be enough to clear customs for my British husband (without me, the American) and make his connecting flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • connecting flight in Huston 2h
    Aug 18, 2014
    I have a flight from frankfurt to san jose. Arrive Lufthansa - LH 440 13:45 Terminal D Layover 2h.7min. Departure United Airlines - UA 1565 15:52 Terminal E I would like to make sure if it is enough time to make connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • HKG to YEG via SEA
    Aug 14, 2014
    Hi. I will be coming from Hong Kong to Seattle with only 1hr 20min to get on my flight to Edmonton Canada. I have 2 questions. 1. Is that enough time to transfer to my EDM flight? 2. Do I have to pickup baggage in Seattle and then check them in again for Edmonton? Or will they go straight from HKG to EDM? Thanks in advance to your generous input.


    Yes, that should barely be enough time and Yes, you will have to claim your baggage after clearing US Immigration, then go through US Customs, then re-check your baggage.


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