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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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  • 1.15 h layover
    Jul 14, 2013
    Hi, I'm flying Tampa to Washington, Washington to Toronto United 5162 . Is 1.15 min enough to make a connection?


    Yes, both of your flights should be on the C/D concourse so it should be a very easy connection.


  • Flight From LA to Hong Kong
    Jul 6, 2013
    Hi, my flight from Salt Lake City to LA in Terminal 5 at 10.35pm and I need to catch another flight in Terminal B at 12.45am from LA to Hong Kong , I'm wondering whether enough time for 2hrs ?


    LAX doesn't have a Terminal B - I'm assuming you mean the Tom Bradly International Terminal. Yes, if your first flight is on-time that will be enough time, but you'll want to hurry if you have to claim bags and move them to the second carrier yourself. (if both tickets weren't bought on the same reservation)


  • Smoking area
    Jun 10, 2013
    Is an 1 hour and 15 min loyover enough time to exit security and smoke and get back through security?


    Yeah, that's probably enough time. Especially if both of your flights are in the same terminal.


  • SV035
    Jun 4, 2013
    will be flying into IAD on SV035, arriving at 2:00PM. I will then have to catch DL2015 to SNA, leaving at 04:29PM. Will there be enough time to catch the flight to SNA?


    Delta does not fly from IAD to SNA. Are you sure you're on Delta? Perhaps the Delta flight goes somewhere else first.


  • 8 hr layover
    May 22, 2013
    I get to PHX at 11 at night and mi connecting flight doesn't leave til 7:35 am the next day. What can I do for 8 hrs? Are there hotels (cheap ones) or rooms where I can rest? I won't be touring the city at those times for sure and I don't want to sleep on the chairs with my purse and carry on. I'm a student and I'm just looking for any suggestions


  • 22H layover
    May 19, 2013
    Hi i'm arriving at JFK at 17h50 and leaving the day after at 20h00. Will I need to leave the airport to find accomodation tfor the night? Will i need a visa? All ideas/solutions welcome


    Open - it covers from sleeping on the floor, to hotels, and more. As to visa (if leaving the Airport) that depends on if your country is part of the visa-waiver countries. See


  • International Layover
    May 21, 2013
    My route is Omaha-Detroit-Frankfurt (Germany) by Delta. Is it enought time 50 minutes layover in Detroit? Do I have to go throught security again after Omaha?


    Your transfer time at Detroit depends on which Airlines you arrive & depart from. The McNamara Terminal is used by Delta & its SkyTeam partners (including Delta & Air France), while the North Terminal uses all other DTW airlines. Both terminals are at different locations, requiring a shuttle connection and going through security check. I suggest you open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


    Ariive&departure is from McNamara Terminal. Is it enough time 50 minutes? Do I need security check?


    At DTW, the 1-mile long McNamara Terminal has 121 gates in Concourses A & B/C. A tunnel connects in the center between Concourse A (near gate 38) and Concourses B & C (at Gates C1 of the lower level). As Concourse A is the longest, the Express Tram stops at the South station near gate A11, the Terminal station in the center near the water feature, and the North station near gate A67. Concourse A has to the left gates A38-A1; to the right gates A40-78, and at its center the tunnel connecting to Concourse B to the left and Concourse C to the right. No need to go through security. You have enough time.


    You will not have to go through security in Detroit.


    Thank you


  • Lay-over time between flights
    May 13, 2013
    My 72-year old husband and I have a connecting flight from San Francisco, California (International flight) on board ANA airline in Terminal 1 to Las Vegas, Nevada in Terminal 3. We only have 2 hours lay-over and will need to go through immigration and customs. This is the first time we will be travelling to the USA. Will need your advice. who can assist us given my husband's age.


    You can likely ask ANA for wheelchair service if you need it. Your ANA flight will actually arrive in the International Terminal. There is both a secure-side and non-secure side walkway from the International Terminal to Terminal 3.


  • flight connections
    May 13, 2013
    I'm arriving at IHA on United UA 3262 at 0637 hrs. to connect with United UA 3262 at 0727 hrs. I have a problem walking at times Will I have enough time to make the transfer?


    Are both of your flights really 3262? If so everything will likely be in Termianal B and close together.


  • Time to clear customs between flights
    May 7, 2013
    Flying South African Airways from Johannesburg to JFK arriving 6.40am, 1h45 layover connecting to Charlotte on US airlines. It's booked as a package is it enough time to get through passport control etc. (is there a fast track for connecting flights?)


    There is no fast-track for connecting flights. You'll also have to re-check your bags, go outside and take the airtrain from terminal 4 to terminal 7, then go back through security. You have a chance since it's so early in the morning, but you'll really have to hurry.


  • Still have to go through passport contro
    Apr 29, 2013
    thanks for the response. It is a relief not to worry about the luggage, I assume we still have to go through passport control. Is 1 hr transfer time sufficient?


    Italy and the Netherlands are both in Schengen so there is no passport control when you go between them. There will just be security at the gate.


  • Time to go back through security?
    Apr 29, 2013
    My girlfriend is flying in from West Palm Beach to catch a flight to London. She has about a 1 1/2 hour layover in Newark (8:05-9:40pm). Will she have enough time to leave the secure area and go back through so I can say goodbye?! The chart says terminal C security takes only a few minutes between 8 and 9pm. Thoughts?


    Yes, security lines should be pretty short that time of night. If her flight is on-time she should have a few minutes.


  • 7 hour lay over
    Apr 28, 2013
    we have a 10 hour lay over at IAH. We get to IAH at 1am with connecting flight the next day at 10:30 am. Besides sleeping at the airport floor, do you have any suggestions?


    According to Google Maps there's 2 Denny's not too far from IAH - you could take a cab there then call another cab when you're sick of killing time there. There's also an on-site hotel at IAH if you want to actually try to sleep.


  • terminal 1 to terminal 8
    Apr 25, 2013
    We are arriving in terminal 1 on american airlines (domestic flight). We are then travelling from terminal 8 (turkish airlines). We have 2.5 hour layover time. Is this enough time?? Will we have to reclaim our bags and go through security again in JFK or will our bags be automatically transferred to Turkish in JFK??


    American uses Terminal 8 at JFK and Turkish uses Terminal 1 so you have it backwards. That should be enough time whether you have to claim your bags or not. If your tickets were bought on the same reservation AA should transfer your bags for you.


  • smoking
    Apr 9, 2013
    does terminal 7 still allow smoking outside? if so, would i need to go through security again?


    As in all APs, once you leave the secured area (after security checkpoint), you need on your return go through security again.


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