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    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.


  • 3 hour connection
    Aug 30, 2016
    We are flying to San antonio with a 3 hour lay-over at LAX tomorrow, 8/31. wife's sister would like to meet for a quick lunch, she hasn't seen her for quite a while. My question is, better to meet at curbside and leave property, or eat somewhere on property. we are flying into T-1, swa. would security between noon and 3 take long?


    With a 3 hour layover you don't really have enough time to do that.


  • Flight from SFO > LAX > JPY
    Aug 30, 2016
    Hi everyone, I am a UK citizen with a visa for the US. I will be flying from SFO to LAX to Japan in a few weeks. My flight from SFO to LAX (American Airlines) will give me just over 2 hours to get to my flight to my final destination in Japan (flying United). I am wondering if 2 hours is enough time based on my previous experience in LAX. Even though I will have been through security at SFO will I need to recheck through security once I am in LA flying to Japan? I will be flying on a Monday and I will NOT be checking a bag! Thanks :)


    Yes, you will have to go through security again in SFO because you will arrive in a different terminal from where you depart. You will arrive in Terminal 1 and depart from the International Terminal. Without checked bags you have enough time.


  • Do I have to clear security when transferring from terminal 1 to 3
    Oct 2, 2016
    I've booked separate flights one arriving at Pearson at a Terminal 1 from Ottawa on an Air Canada flight and then departing from terminal 3 on another flight to Amsterdam on Air Transat. I will have to pick up my baggage prior to making my way to terminal 3. Will I have to clear security at Pearson?


    Yes, you will have to claim your bags, take the airport train to T3, re-check your bags with Air Transat, and go through security.




  • Where do I clear customs? Can I bring food on flight?
    Aug 23, 2016
    Flying from Edmonton to Brisbane via Vancouver and Auckland. Do I clear customs in Auckland? I'm asking because it's a 14 hour flight and I want to bring food. Can I buy food at the gate in Vancouver? And can I take it on the plane with me?


    You will not go through Immigration or Customs in Auckland. You will go straight to the gate for your flight to Brisbane, assuming everything is on the same reservation.


  • How early for domestic on a Saturday morning
    Aug 17, 2016
    We'll be flying out of O'Hare to Atlanta on Delta in 10 days time (Saturday) at 10:00 with baggage to check. How early do we need to arrive? In May, TSA said 3 hours but I hope that has reduced now.


    I would still try to get there at about 8.


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