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  • Can I get thru security without plane ticket?
    May 5, 2016
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    I am wondering if I can go thru security with just my ID if I am not getting on a flight? I am just going to surprise someone at their terminal when they exit their plane and I'm wondering if I can get thru security to do so.

     

    No, you can't.

     

  • TSA Time
    May 4, 2016
    1
    Flying out of IAD to London on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. What should I expect for time to get through TSA?

     

    Probably 15-30 minutes. That is peak time at IAD, but also the Washington DC airports have some of the best TSA staffing in the country. Still be at the airport at least 90 minutes early.

     

  • Wait Times on iFly.com
    May 2, 2016
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    I appreciate your listing of wait times...but I'm COLORBLIND and your color key is not helpful to me. Please RETHINK a color - keyed table. Approximately 7% of all men have a color perception problem like mine and approximately 2-3% of women!

     

  • 43 minute connection time
    Apr 12, 2016
    2
    Hi, Flying into Houston Terminal B from Memphis with a 43 min connection time (assuming no delays) and flying out to Las Vegas from Terminal C. I don't have to collect baggage but is this enough time and do I have to go thro' security.

     

    The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security. That is enough time. Obviously it doesn't leave much time to spare if your first flight is delayed.

     

    Thanks ZAP...was a bit concerned as never been thro' Houston before Cheers

     

  • Time to get through security
    Apr 7, 2016
    2
    I am trying to book a flight, but the one I am looking at drops me at DTW at 9:15. I am flying there to pick up a dog from a breeder. If the flight back to Boston leaves at 9:54 (same airline, JetBlue), would I have enough time to go back through security with the pup and make it to my flight? Thanks!

     

    It would be pretty difficult. While security delays at DTW aren't as bad as some other airports. Essentially leaving you only 30 minutes to get through security and to your gate isn't something I would try.

     

    That's what I kind of figured. Thank you for your response!

     

  • customs
    Mar 24, 2016
    1
    Hi, I am American traveling from Dublin to San Francisco, with an 8hour layover in Frankfurt. my question is do I have to go through customs if I want to explore Frankfurt for a few hours? thanks!

     

    Yes, you will have to go through Schengen Passport control to leave the airport and then Schengen Exit passport control when you return to the airport. There's not much to see in Frankfurt - just hang out at the airport.

     

  • Clearing cosutmes
    Mar 13, 2016
    1
    Flying to Itlay vai Franc e- Where do i clear custom in France or Italy, milan this will be deceiding factor on purchasing next flight. Suggestions greatly appreciated

     

    You will go through passport control in France on such a trip.

     

  • CANADA eTA - JAPAN TO U.S,A. Via CANADA - NOT LEAVING AIRPORT
    Feb 29, 2016
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    Hello I have an Irish Passport. I am only connecting through Canada (Calgary), I will not be leaving the airport, only clearing Immigration and Customs for U.S.A. - but will I still need an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for Canada?

     

  • CANADA eTA - JAPAN TO U.S,A. Via CANADA - NOT LEAVING AIRPORT
    Feb 29, 2016
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    Hello I am only connecting through Canada (Calgary), I will not be leaving the airport, only clearing Immigration and Customs for U.S.A. - but will I still need an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for Canada?

     

  • connection times
    Feb 19, 2016
    1
    flying from Montreal to Cedar Rapids...what is the required connection time in Chicago? Air Canada is showing 48 minutes...is that a legal connection?

     

    Yes, that is a legal connection. You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Chicago is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Both will likely be in Terminal 2.

     

  • Customs and Immigration
    Feb 13, 2016
    1
    US Citizen traveling from Guatemala to Las Vegas on Aeromexico, anything special I need to do? First time to Las Vegas Customs and Immigration did not know they had them.

     

    You will arrive in Terminal 3, go through US Immigration, claim your luggage, and go through US Customs. It is more or less the same as entering the US at any other airport.

     

  • WHY DOES THE SECURITY LINE STINK?
    Feb 12, 2016
    1
    THE WAIT IS OVER AN HOUR ON AVERAGE AND IF YOU TELL THEM YOUF FLGITH IS LEAVING IN 15 MINUTES THEY DONT CARE AND DONT HELP YOU.

     

    JFK has over a dozen security lines. Which one in particular are you referring to and at what time of day?

     

  • Customs at Dallas Fort Worth
    Feb 11, 2016
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    I'll arrive at Dallas Fort Worth at 5:15 (international flight) and my connection flight (national) is at 7:10. Is it enogh time to do everything (customs and transfere terminal)?

     

    If both tickets are on the same reservation that should be enough time.

     

  • Canada to Atlanta then Phoenix
    Feb 3, 2016
    1
    Hi I am traveling from Montreal to Phoenix with a stop in Atlanta, does I have to go through inmigration there? I am mexican. Thanks!!!

     

    You will preclear US immigration and customs in Montreal. All you have to do in Atlanta is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.

     

  • Visa for Tanzania?
    Feb 1, 2016
    1
    buy before trip with mailing application and passport to DC Tanzania embassy or buy upon arrival in JRO?

     

    I doubt anyone here has any personal experience with the Tanzanian Embassy in Johannesburg. Note that if you're a US Citizen you can get a Visa on Arrival in Tanzania.

     

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