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  • 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.


  • US citizen with connecting flight to Quebec
    Aug 16, 2016
    United Express Airlines - will it be in an international terminal and at what time do we show passports - is there an additional security check


    EWR does not have an "International Terminal" - United Express flights leave from both terminals A and C. There is no additional security check. You will show your passport to the gate agent when boarding the flight. You will go through Canadian immigration and customs when you get to Canada.


  • Security checkpoint hours at Terminal C
    Aug 13, 2016
    Anyone knows if the security checkpoint at Terminal C open 24/7


    I am fairly sure the checkpoint is closed from about midnight to 3:15 or 3:30 AM.


  • Airline Ticket has middle name but not in the passport
    Aug 11, 2016
    I will be flying to Budapest, Hungary and just noticed that my middle name is on my airline ticket and not on my passport. TSA in LA said its ok but wonder if this will be an issue in TSA Budapest when I return because I have no other ID t o showr that has my middle name. Airline will charge me $350 if they make the change.


    There is no TSA in Hungary. The TSA only operates in the United States. Border patrol in Hungary won't care. As long as the first and last names are right it's fine.


  • American citizen returning via Vancouver
    Aug 10, 2016
    I am an American citizen that will be returning from a work trip in Prince George, BC. I will have a brief layover in Vancouver and will have to pass through US Customs before getting on my connecting flight. What would be the minimum layover needed to deplane from my West Jet flight, get through all security and customs and make my connecting Delta flight at 12:48 pm? I have two choices, a 6:30 am flight that puts me in Vancouver around 7 or a 9:50 am flight that will put me in around 10:20. Does the later flight give me enough time? I will not have any checked bags to worry about.


    With no checked bags I'm pretty sure the 10:20 arrival would be OK.


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    Aug 6, 2016
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  • EWR Process
    Aug 6, 2016
    I'm just wondering how the process is at the airport, with security, possibly baggage collecting etc. Traveling from Oslo to to San Diego, connecting flight at EWR. Going from Terminal B to A. I got a US Visa from the US Embassy. Thanks in advance.


    What airlines are you flying? Are your tickets on one reservation or separate reservations?


    I ordered everything through SAS Scandinavian Airlines, so one reservation. But will be flying with American Airlines from EWR to San Diego.


    American doesn't fly nonstop from Newark to San Diego. Are you connecting somewhere else first? If not, please double check your reservation.


  • conncecting flight Seattle, Vancouver to tokyo
    Aug 2, 2016
    I want to book a flight from Seattle to Tokyo, I am seeing great flights through Vancouver, however I had a DUI back in 2008 wondering if that will be an issue? Will I be going through customs on either leg in Canada?


    Yes, that will be an issue. You will have to go through Canadian passport control both ways.


  • Jet Blue Security lines
    Jul 18, 2016
    I have a 7:00am flight tomorrow AM, I plan to arrive to the airport at 5:15am. Is this enough time to go through security?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • from charleston to montreal via miami
    Jul 18, 2016
    Hello, from CHS to YUL via MIA, do i need to clear customs, inmmigration and security for the int flight?, travelling first class with two separate AA tkts, 49 minutes connecting time from the AA eagle flight to thee AA... is this realistic?


    There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. If you have no checked bags or your bags are checked through and you have both boarding passes then all you have to do in Miami is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Going through customs
    Jul 16, 2016
    I will be arriving in Atlanta from Toronto, with my next flight to Lafayette only an hour later. Will I have to get my bags and go through customs before boarding my connecting flight?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. 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.


  • Saturday, 7/16 Flight @ 6:15AM from LGA. When should we arrive?
    Jul 15, 2016
    Flight leaves from either Terminal B or C. Will need to check 1 bag. Wanted to use the 'wait times' tool, but looks like it doesn't have predictions for tomorrow.


    You should plan on arriving at least 1hr 30min early. If you were going during the day I would say 2hr early or more, but you are going early in the morning so I say at least 1hr 30min early.


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