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  • check in time
    Feb 13, 2013
    i am disembarking from a cruise on a monday in july in amsterdam. The ship arrives at 7am. My flight is scheduled to leave at 10:50am back to the states. Is this enough time to check in and clear passport control and still make the flight. It is peak season.


    If taking a bus from the Cruise ship to AMS Airport, do figure in at least 1.5 hrs for transfer. Getting to your airline counter and checking in another hour. Going through security check and on to your connecting gate another 40 mins. It may be a good idea to pre-arrange for taxi at cruise ship. For detailed terminal information I suggest you open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • I.D. Stolen, No Passport
    Feb 8, 2013
    Hi, has anyone successfully gotten through TSA without a driver's license or passport or photo i.d.? I'm vacationing in Fla and was robbed on Day 2, all my ID, credit cards taken. I live in Calif and want to go home! But how can I get thru security? Fort Lauderdale airport. Thank you!


    Hopefully you filled out a police report - if so, obtain a copy and that will be accepted (read that on one of those posts people send)


    Feb 3, 2013
    How do I contact Long Beach Airport and Phoenix International to see if they have found an item that I lost. It is a while 2" plastic binder with work information in it. I was at both airports on Wednesday, January 30, 2013


    If you lost an item at the gate area or onboard your airplane, contact your airline's Lost & Found department. For LBG: If you lost an item anywhere else in the terminal, call (562) 570-2640. For PHX: If you lost an item at the security checkpoint, call TSA at 602-626-1453. 3. If you lost an item in one of the terminals, buses or parking areas, call Sky Harbor's Lost & Found office at 602-273-3333 & leave a message stating your name, tel. number & description of the item and where it was lost. or use the e-mai form at If found, you will get a call. If you lost an item anywhere else in the terminal, call (562) 570-2640.


  • seniors traveling
    Jan 30, 2013
    My mom is 88, has no deiver's license and dementia . I am going to take her home on an airplane. What can she use for an ID?


    You will need a valid government issued document like a copy of her birth certificate, citizenship document, Soc.Sec. card. If possible, she should bring along one or two of the latest utility bills with her name & address on it. For more information open


    You can use passport of voters prof


  • Going thru security if disabled
    Jan 19, 2013
    I am disabled and use a cane. Do i have to take off my shoes if i cant do so without sitting down? Flying out of DSM


    As a rule, only passengers over age 75 are exempted from taking off their shoes. However, feel free to tell the attendant that you need to sit down - he or she will surely make an effort to seat you.


    thank you


  • TSA Pre
    Jan 9, 2013
    Does TSA support the expedited check in at Terminal D for travelers with a Global ID (PASS) card?


    Indeed it does!


  • Clearing Customs on arrvial through IAH
    Dec 21, 2012
    I am returning from Grand Cayman and passing through IAH (Houston - Bush) with a tight connection that the airline tells me is sufficient (1h 10m). I am skeptical. Anyone have history clearing customs/immigration between connections at IAH? I am a US citizen returning home.


    IAH has Terminals TA - TE. International Arrivals connecting to domestic flights at IAH: After customs clearance and re-checking-in bags, go straight out to the International Arrivals Lobby which has an escalator down to the Inter-Terminal Train taking you to your connecting terminal,where you need to go through security screening before continuing to your gate. Look at overhead screens to find your connecting flight number & gate. TA has gates 1-30; TB has gates B60-88, TC has gates C2-45, TD has gates D1-12 & TE has gates E1-24. Yout time should be sufficient.


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