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  • Student Visa
    Jun 3, 2015
    I have a student Visa and traveling from amsterdam via LA (LAX) to honolulu. Is there a separate line at the security check for passengers with visa? How much time takes it from the bradley terminal to terminal 5 in july? Thanks in advance. Vera from Holland


    Yes, entering the US on a Visa you will not be able to use the faster line for US/Canadian Citizens and repeat ESTA users. You should leave at least 2 hours between your flights, preferably 3 hours.


  • Clearing Customs without checked bags
    Jun 2, 2015
    I am arriving from Nevis to Miami as final destination without checked bags. what is the process given I do not need to claim bags. What is the estimated time...I arrive at 600pm on Tuesday...where should I be picked up....Thanks


    where you are picked up depends on the airline. You should be out by 7 PM at the latest I think assuming your flight is on-time.


  • Security Check and Baggage Claim
    May 30, 2015
    I am flying to IAH from Lagos, Nigeria with a connecting flight to Newark New Jersey. I have a layover time of 2hrs and 18mins. will I need to clear customs and immigration? If yes, will i need to pick my luggage and re-check in again for my connecting flight?


    Would the 2hrs and 18mins layover time be enough to clear customs and immigration?


  • International to Domestic
    May 25, 2015
    My wife and I will be flying in from Australia on DELTA DL16 in 2 weeks time arriving at approx 8am and are booked through on Delta DL2534 to Boston at 9.10 am. Is there any way we can make this connection?


    DAL16 arrives at 7:40 not 8. You should have enough time if DAL16 is on-time. Otherwise you will have a full day to be rebooked to Boston over another Delta hub such as Detroit, Atlanta, or Minneapolis.


  • Security times for international flights
    May 25, 2015
    I have a 6pm Saturday flight from Dallas Fort Worth to London Heathrow with no checked luggage. How long should I give for security &c. before my flight - what time should I arrive at the airport? thanks!


    If you are able to check in online you can get to the airport as late as an hour before the flight and be OK. If you aren't able to check in online I would arrive 90 minutes before. There is no special additional security for International flights.


  • Lost my ID AT newark airport today
    May 14, 2015
    I lost my ID at the airport. I now do not have ID to get back home. I traveled from Newark Airport to Miami. Who can I contact other then the TSA number to help me.?


  • packing RX
    Apr 30, 2015
    Can I leave my prescribed medications in an weekly pill organizer along with my vitamins and bring my written prescriptions? Or do the pills need to remain in the bottles they came in?


  • Hip replacement
    Apr 27, 2015
    My mother has has her hip replaced. Does she have to have any documentation for that to get thru security?


    It's not necessary, but if she brings a note from her doctor it will expedite the process. If she goes through the body scanner, everything should be normal.


  • Customs passport maiden name. Prescription in married name
    Apr 20, 2015
    Do I have to declare antibiotic medicine? Traveling with maiden name passport and ticket, but my prescription has my married name. Will this be an issue ?


    They generally do not inspect prescription medication in the bottles. You do not have to declare prescription medication.


  • security
    Apr 16, 2015
    I am flying into terminal 3 and then flying out again in terminal 5. I will not have any checked bags to pick up. Do I have to go through security again in terminal 5 if I just have a carry-on?


    What airport?


    Chicago O'Hare


    Yes, you will have to go through security in Terminal 5.


    Thank you!


  • Security check in
    Apr 13, 2015
    I am 77 years old, traveling from Ontario CA to B'ham Al. If I wear western boots do I have to remove them at security check in?? I've heard it isn't required after age 65.


    Yes, people of your age do not have to remove their shoes to go through security.


  • Identification
    Apr 13, 2015
    I am 18 I am going to travel from Florida to Dallas. I have my birth, social, and picture school id. Is that enough to allow me to fly back home?


    That should be enough.


  • boarding pass on phone
    Apr 12, 2015
    Does southwest except phone boarding pass?


    No, they do not. You can check in online on your phone but you need to print a paper boarding pass either at home or at the airport.


  • Counting as ID
    Mar 30, 2015
    I very recently turned 18 and and flying out in just five days. I haven't gotten my ID in the mail yet and it doesn't look promising that it will arrive before Friday, so I was looking for other forms of identification that could count. Would a Social Security Number card or Birth Certificate work? If not, is there anything I can use for flying ID?


    If you have a passport, use that. If you don't have a passport, use as many forms of identification as you have, including at least one form that has a picture (such as a student ID or employer ID).


  • No Photo ID
    Mar 27, 2015
    I'm over the age of 18 but I don't have my drivers license yet. I have my learners permit but it doesn't have a photo on it. Will I still be able to board a flight from Washington to Alabama?


    No. You will need to go to the correct office in your state and get a State ID before your trip.


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