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  • Passport Check
    Nov 4, 2016
    I'm flying in from Barcelona on November 25 to Amsterdam? Will I be going through passport check even though I'm flying within the Schengen Area?


    No, you will not.


  • Transfer to International Flights
    Oct 25, 2016
    Customs restricts me from entering the US due to another visa currently in my passport. I wish to confirm that I will have no problems with transferring International flights at the FLL Airport without the need to go through customs. I fly from Toronto Pearce Itnl Airport to FLL with WestJet and then a connecting flight with Spirit to Mentego Bay Jamaica.. Some airports require you to exit through customs, collect bags, and then check in again. This will not be possible for me. Does FFL allow transfer with connecting international flights without the need to exit into the US ?


    That is totally incorrect. You will have to go through US Immigration and Customs for this transfer and in fact will go through it in Toronto. No airport in the US allows you to transit the US without going through US Immigration and Customs. You will have to find an alternate way to go to Jamaica if you can't enter the US.


  • Leaving airport between flights- international destination
    Oct 22, 2016
    Hi – I have a three hour layover in Atlanta on my way to Madrid, and I'm wondering if I have enough time to Go outside to meet a family member. Not sure how long the security process takes. Thanks!


    Security Lines in Atlanta can vary wildly from virtually no line to close to an hour. I personally wouldn't try it.


  • Swedish familly arriving from Nassau via New ark to Sweden- security
    Oct 13, 2016
    Hi! We are a family going to Newark airport and staying a couple of days in the big apple and after that we want to go further south and get some sun in in Nassau. We are wondering how the security and immigration works when returning from Nassau on the 5 th of March with Delta airlines to terminal B where we will take a connection flight with SAS later on the same evening back to Sweden. We will only have hand luggage to be om on the safe side when we arrive from Nassau and only have three hours to the connection flight from Newark to Sweden so is that enough time if we need to go through immigrations and customers or is that neccessary if we have a connection flight?


    Delta does not fly from Nassau to Newark. All flights from Nassau to the US go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Nassau.


    Hi ZAP! Sorry but it is via Atlanta from Nassau to Newark with Delta airlines so please help me out with information regarding time needed at Newark when going back to Sweden


    All you have to do in Newark is go get your SAS boarding passes if you don't have them already, then go to your SAS gate. I believe you will also have to go through security because the Delta gates and SAS gates aren't connected inside security. There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. 2 Hours should be enough time.


  • TE goes office location.
    Oct 6, 2016
    Where is the GOES office in TerminalE? See


  • Test
    Oct 4, 2016


  • arrival time
    Sep 30, 2016
    How early should I arrive before my flight. I am flying at 0600 to Dominican Republic with a lay over in Atlanta.


    Get to the airport at about 4 AM.


  • What is time to get through immigration on international flight now
    Sep 28, 2016
    At Dulles? Is there a way to know time to get through immigration right now or today?


    That is not a thing that is tracked. Also it depends what line you are in and what time of the day you are arriving.


  • Customs and passport control with kids
    Sep 28, 2016
    Arriving on Sat. 29.10 at 16:30 in T1 from Paris with 2 toddlers. What sort of waiting time at passport control can we expect? Is there a line for families with young children? We are not US citizens.


    There is no line for families with children. If you are first time ESTA users expect it to take 45-60 minutes.


    Thank you. We will prepare ourselves!


  • Flying from PPT to LAX
    Sep 26, 2016
    I'll be flying from PPT to LAX then I'll have a connecting flight to IAH. I'm not checking any bags. Once I land in the US, will I have to go through security again to get to my final flight? Thanks.


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration and customs. At that point you will be outside security in the International Terminal. You have to go to your departure terminal and go through security.


  • Houston to cancan and back
    Sep 18, 2016
    What will the customs/security experience be like? How much of a layove is necessary to ensure I catch my last connection


    On your way to Cancun you don't have to go through Customs or security in Houston (if you are connecting from another place in the US), an hour is fine. On the way back I'd want 2 hours.


  • When does TSA open at SDF
    Sep 16, 2016
    I have a 5:20AM flight October 4 on AA. What time should I arrive at airport and when does TSA arrive at checkpoint in SDF?


    From what I can tell the checkpoint opens at 4:30.


  • Automated Passport Control - Middle Name
    Sep 15, 2016
    Hello, I booked flights with WestJet out of Toronto Pearson the other day for my girlfriend and myself. I entered my middle name in my ticket information, but she has two middle names and the WestJet booking system kept rejecting her middle name as too long, so I ultimately booked the ticket with no middle name at all - just first and last name. I know there is always a big deal made about exact names matching, but the system simply wouldn't let me put it so I have to imagine it won't be a problem. Does anyone have any experience with this and know if she'll have a problem using the automated passport control kiosks as her passport will contain her two middle names and the boarding pass only reflects first and last name? I don't want us to have to wait in a long line to speak to an agent, or worse, be denied boarding due to a reservation system limitation! Any advice anyone has on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!


    I'm fairly certain you won't be denied boarding but I don't have any experience with that issue with the kiosks. Are you flying to the US or somewhere else?


  • Terminal 1
    Sep 5, 2016
    Will I need to go through security in Terminal 1 if traveling on United from Kansas City and further on to Munich on Lufthansa - still from Terminal 1 ?


    No, you do not have to go through security. All you have to do is walk from his arrival gate to your departure gate if both flights are on the same reservation.


  • airport arrival time
    Sep 4, 2016
    Have a 6 am flight out of LAN (Lansing, MI) on a Saturday morning. How late could we arrive at the airport?


    Security and the check in counters don't open until about 4:45. Lansing is not a crowded airport.


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