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  • 12 year old flying by hiself
    Mar 13, 2015
    My son is 12 and hes flying by hiself does he need his birth certificate to get threw sercurity ?


    No, he is not required to carry anything, but is encouraged to carry some form of identification.


  • Carrying ashes
    Mar 11, 2015
    I am travelling from Hong Kong to Newark and then making a connecting flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia carrying ashes. Are there any specific requirements I need in Newark?


    The TSA has a page about that -


  • Carrying ashes
    Mar 10, 2015
    I am flying into Newark from Hong Kong with United Airlines and then making a connecting flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Will I have to go through security at e Newark airport again?


    Yes, in Newark you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bag at the transfer desk, then go through security. When you get to Halifax you will go through Canadian Immigration and customs.


  • name on passport
    Mar 1, 2015
    Must the name on my passport match exactly the name on my airline ticket. For example, my passport has my middle name which I do not use when making reservations.


    That is fine.


  • Transit through Canadian Airports
    Feb 9, 2015
    We are travelling DUB to YYZ to YYC to PDX. Will we clear CBP in YYZ? Where will be clear US Immigration? We have 2.5hrs layover in YYZ and 1 hour in YYC. One traveller is US Citizen, the other is US Permanent Resident. Are there any special requirements for CPB for the Permanent Resident? Are you aware of requirements for Perm Res to have passport expiring more than 6 months in future for CBP? Thank you!


    Yes, you will clear Canadian immigration in Toronto. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Calgary. As far as I can tell there are no special requirements for a permanent resident to re-enter the US other than that they have to carry their green card with them -


    Canada Air sold us the itinerary, but 1 hr doesn't seem like much time to change gates and pre-clear US Immigration in Calgary. Anyone have experience with the pre-clearing process in Canadian airports? thanks again...


  • Passport ?
    Apr 18, 2015
    We are US citizens traveling to St. Croix, but we have a 2 hour layover in Cuba. Do we need to have passports as transit travelers?


    Yes, you will need a passport to get on your flight to Cuba and may need a transit Visa from the Cuban embassy or consulate in whatever country you are travelling from (as there are currently none in the US). However, there are no scheduled flights from Cuba to St. Croix. Are you SURE you are stopping in Cuba? Can you post your itinerary details?


    My friend does not have a legal status in the U.S. But he does have an actual passport issued by his country and he also has a current college Id, can he use that to travel from Arkansas to New York? Or is There going to be any problem?


    There should be no issue. He won't have to enter passport details for his booking, but he can use his passport to get through security. Unless he commits a crime, he probably won't get deported.


  • Clearing customs
    Jan 26, 2015
    lying Madrid- layover at JFK-Washington DC. Do you go through customs at JFK or Wash DC? Need to get bags at JFK?


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs in JFK and will need to claim your bags there to do so. You will be able to re-check them after customs as the transfer desk.


  • Security Clearance
    Jan 23, 2015
    Will I be allowed on board with my needle work or my knitting? Both require needles, which I would hate to have confiscated.


    Yes, they are allowed -


  • info
    Jan 23, 2015
    We will be traveling from Toronto YYZ to LAX with a connecting flight to Kona . Is there special security while we are waiting .


    No, there is no special security. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. If both of your flights are in connected terminals in LAX, you only have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If your flights are in terminals that are not connected, you will go through regular security in your departure terminal.


  • Do I need to go through Customs?
    Dec 31, 2015
    I am flying from Vienna - Dusseldorf through JFK and there overlay to San Diego. I am arriving to T8 and departing from the same terminal. I am flying Air Berlin. Will I need to go through customs in JFK and re check my bag or will I do it in San Diego?


    In JFK you will go through US Immigration, claim your bag, go through US Customs, re-check your bag at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your AA departing gate.


  • Customs
    Dec 26, 2014
    I will be flying from JFK terminal 1 to Poland Warsaw and departing I need customs CBP for FinCEN form105, where can I find in terminal 1 customs


    You will be forced through customs upon arrival.


  • Customs clearance London, Toronto to EWR
    Dec 12, 2014
    I will be flying from London to EWR on Air Canada connecting in Toronto. Arivinv and departing terminal 1. Have a valid US visa, but have been told that i might need a canadian visa as well. Do I go through Canadian customs or US customs in Toronto. My layover is 2 hours 15 minute! Any advice and assistance will be appreciated. I am a South African passport holder.


    This should help you -


  • paperless boarding pass at security
    Nov 3, 2014
    Does tsa scan your phone at PVD? Or do I need to print one?


  • Customs
    Oct 31, 2014
    My husband is flying from Doha to Chicago with final destination being Charlotte. Will he have to go thorough customs and immigration on arrival in Chicago or just at his final destination in Charlotte?


    He will go through US Immigration and Customs in Chicago, Terminal 5. He will have to go through US Immigration, claim his bags, go through US Customs, then re-check his bags at the transfer desk, then go up 2 levels and take the ATS train to his departure terminal (if he is flying American/US Airways to Charlotte, that would be Terminal 3), then go through security and to his departure gate.


  • 5:15 flight ORD to Ft. Lauderdale to Cancun
    Oct 18, 2014
    I have been told that the security checkpoints close during the early hours of the morning. What time do they open and will I have enough time to get to my gate after checking bags?


    They will open at 4 or 4:30. Of course you will have enough time! Do you think they would make it impossible to get on certain flights?


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