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  • Shuttle mayhem at US Air
    Dec 15, 2012
    Can anyone tell me to whom I may complain about the chaos that was the in-house shuttle service between US Air flights 768 and Flt. 3048 on Thurs. 12/13? I waited in a huge line and watched countless other inconsiderate flyers walk directly into the shuttle without interference from attending airport personnel and I want to fix the problem. Thanks, WLG, FL.


    At PHL, free shuttle bus is operated by US Airways - you need to contact US Airways.


  • rechecking baggages
    Dec 16, 2012
    We flying from minneapolis MN (Us airway)to Chicago then connecting flight(turkish airline) to Istanbul and then from Istanbul to addis ababa so do we pick up our luggage and re-check or does our luggage go directly to our Istanbul flight or to the last destination which is addis ababa. We have 1:30 hours between flights.


    You arrive via US Airways at Terminal 2 and need to transfer to your departing flight via Turkish Airlines at Terminal 1. You need to contact US Airways to find out if they transfer your bags; if not, you will need to claim your bags first at the arrivals level and from there take the pedestrian tunnel to T1, go up to departure level and check them in with Turkish; then proceed through security check & on to your connecting gate. If no bag transfer is needed, proceed to Terminal 1 the following way: the secured area, which is the upper level (Departures) has, right after you walk from gate F8 past gate F1, at right end a connector to Terminal 1 (with B & C gates), where you will arrive again in the secured area, and where you should proceed to nearby gate B6, walk past gate B8 (at right), take walkway to C gates, turn left to gate C15.


    Sadec, please stop giving wrong advice. US Airways does not fly from Minneapolis to Chicago. Your flight will probably be operated by United or United Express and arrive at terminal 1 or 2. United will be able to check your bags through to Turkish if all your flights were booked on the same reservation. The bags will be checked through to Addis Ababa but you will have to claim and recheck in Istanbul. 1:30 is a tight connection from Terminal 1/2 to Terminal 5 (where your Turkish flight will depart from) at ORD. Hope that your flight is on time. Please disregard sadec's "advice" as it is completely wrong. You will need to take the ATS train from Terminal 1/2 to Terminal 5.


  • will 85 minutes be enough
    Dec 16, 2012
    I will arrive at terminal 5 with British airways at 6..45 pm and depart from terminal 3 with American airlines at 8.10 pm. Will there be enough time? Do I have to pick up my lugage at terminal 5? Can I check it in at terminal 5 or do I have to do that at terminal 3. Do I have to go to AA check in disk at terminal 3? Do I have to go security at terminal 3? What hapens if I miss my flight?


    1. Find out from British if they will transfer your bags to your American flight. If not, you need, after customs clearance, take your bag and check it in at T3's AA counter at the departures level. 2. Upon arrival at O'Hare Airport, at T5, you need to go through passport check, pick up bags and go through customs clearance. After exiting the Federal Inspection and luggage re-check areas, proceed up one level to the Airport Transit System (ATS train, running every few mins) where you can easily connect to T3 for domestic flights. 3. Either way you need to go through security check at T3, before proceeding to your gate. T3 has Concourses (with corresponding gates) G, H, K & L - American most likely uses gates L1-10.


    British Airways will check your bag through to American as long as you bought your tickets on the same reservation. You will drop your bags with American in the basement of T5 and then go upstairs and take the ATS train to Terminal 3. American uses almost all gates in T3, not just L as sadec suggests.


  • Dulles to Amsterdam
    Dec 17, 2012
    My daughter is flying by herself for first time (18 yrs old). Arrives Dulles from SFO on 12/25/12 at 3:49pm. Has KLM flight #652 for Amsterdam at 6:15pm. Luggage NOT checked thru from United to KLM. Don't know which concourse/gate the United flight will arrive & don't know where KLM counter & gates are? Does she have enough time to get her luggage from United, check in at KLM & get to her KLM gate? Any info is helpful for this nervous dad. Thanks


    1. United uses Domestic Midfield Concourses A, B & C with corresponding gates. KLM uses Concourse A. Both A & B concourses can be reached by foot from the Main Terminal, while Concourse C needs the AeroTrain. 2. On arrival at IAD your daughter needs to follow signs "TO BAGGAGE CLAIM / GROUND TRANSPORTATION" and go to the Main Terminal's lower baggage level & pick up her bags, then proceed to the upper level and check in her bag with KLM; thereafter, she needs to take the passenger walkway to the A gates. 4. I suggest that she opens, click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text. She should pay attention to 'International Arrivals' for her return trip. An 18-year old can easily handle this! And she has plenty of time. for transfer.


    Thank you


  • will I be able to make it?
    Dec 15, 2012
    I just bought a ticket from KLM travelling from LA to Sofia (Bg) with a stop in Amsterdam. The flight from Amsterdam to Sofia is carried out by Bulgaria Air but they have a contract with KLM and will take care of my lagguge. What worries me is that on the way back I will Have only 50 minutes to make the connection. I called KLM representative and he assured me that that's enough time but I still worry. Will I make it?


    yes i think you will make it


    I strongly suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text. Pay attention to Arriving Passenger procedures & flight transfers & times, as well as terminal layout. 50 mins can be a very close call, depending on the lines.


    Thank you very much!


  • Transfer from terminal C to Terminal A
    Dec 14, 2012
    My flight from Detroit to PHL with US Airways Dec 17 ; I will arrive at Terminal C and my connection flight to London -US Airways is at 9.10 PM . How I can Take the transfer Train .?? Thank You in advance !!


    On arrival at PHL at Terminal C use the moving walkways (at post-security) to get to Terminal A-East with gates A1-13.


  • Customs
    Dec 14, 2012
    I am arriving from Paris at F4 at 8:35 and trying to make a connection to Raleigh at C7 at 9:45. I know this is tight, but maybe doable if I don't have to claim luggage for this still a policy? To collect your luggage and then recheck them for your connecting flight? Is there any chance I can make this? Also, this is the first time I have flown into F terminial. Do you take a train, or shuttle? I understand the shuttles are very small in capacity. Any tips of making this connection? Thanks for any help.


    You will arrive at ATL at the new international J.Maynard Terminal, where you will go through customs clearance procedure and follow signs to the 'Plane Train' serving all Concourses in the center of their gate arrangement. Board the Plane Train and get off at Concourse C, which is divided into gates D30-57 & C22-C1. ATL claimed that baggage re-checkin is no longer necessary. Hurry!


  • Security going from T1-T5
    Dec 15, 2012
    Quick question, I have to make the change from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 in 2.5 hours. I know about taking the ATS from T1 to T5, but once I get to T5, do I have to go through security again or am I already still "on the other side" so to speak having gone through it at my previous airport? Thank you so much!


    Yes, you have to go through security again, the ATS runs near the curbside in the "non-sterile" part of the terminal.


    Thanks, ZAP!


  • connecting flight
    Dec 14, 2012
    i have an hour and a half to make connecting flight to ireland.will i make it.


    That depends on (a) if your first airline transfers bags to your second airline (if not, you need to claim your bags and take them to your connecting terminal. I suggest you open and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS, then scroll down to the detailed text.


  • Lockers for carry-on bag
    Dec 14, 2012
    Hello, I have a connection of 12 hours in New York (JFK, landing and departure from terminal 3). I was wondering if anybody knows if there are lockers that I can leave my carry-on bag so I don't need to carry it with me in New York. Thanks in advance!


    JFK has no lockers. If you use 2 different airlines, check if first airline will transfer bags to second one. If not, you could claim your bag at the arrivals level, go to the departures level and check it in at your connecting airline counter.


  • do she have enough time
    Dec 14, 2012
    grandma arv at gate 19 terminal C 2:19pm local time & connection is at gate 2 terminal A depart time 3:35p... is there enough time


    At IAH, the above-ground TerminaLink train starts its service at the Terminal A station and connects Terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security, - giving her enough time for transfer.


  • Catching flight
    Dec 14, 2012
    My Delta Flight got delayed by 2 hours and have another flight at JFK with another airline, so now i will only get 2 hours. Will i make it, i will land on terminal 4 and my flight is taking off from terminal 4 as well?


    And sorry, i am flying in with Delta and onwards flight is with Etihaad Air


    At JFK, Etihad Airways s also in Terminal 4. T4 has Concourse A and gates A2-7, and Concourse B with gates B20-30.


  • Connection from Terminal C to Terminal B
    Dec 14, 2012
    My wife and our 2 year old daughter will have 45 minutes to connect from arriving flight in Terminal C to departing flight in Terminal B. Will they have enough time and how do they go?


    At IAH, the above-ground TerminaLink train starts its service at the Terminal A station and connects Terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security. Note: TB has gates B68-75, B60-66; and the TerminaLink train station is near gateway to gates B76-83A and gateway to gates B84-88. 45 mins is tight, but she should be able to make it if she will be the first one out of the plane.


  • Terminal 5 to Terminal 2
    Dec 13, 2012
    Is 1 hr 15 minutes enough time to collect bags and recheck with another carrier. We fly Delta domestic (Term 5) then Air New Zealand (Term 2) There is no baggage agreement between these 2 airlines.... UGH


    On arrival at LAX at T5, claim your bags at the arrivals /baggage claim level. With bags in tow, you need to proceed to T2 - on the opposite side of the U-shaped terminals. Other than taking a taxi, you only have one option: Board the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', which runs every 12-15 mins. Your next stops will be T6, T7, T8, T1, T2 - about a 12 mins' ride. Enter T2 & proceed to New Zealand check-in counters and (if needed) your boarding pass, thereafter you need to go through security check and on to your departing gate. Transfer time depends largely on time of day (morning/eve rush hour - longer lines at check-in) and how quickly you get your bags. Under normal circumstances, you should be able to make your connection. Alert your Delta flight attendant that you need to exit carrier as soon as possible.


  • Baggage and customs
    Dec 16, 2012
    I'm from Brazil and go to Orlando, with connection in MIA. My air company is AA


    Assuming that you use American Airlines for both legs of your trip, note that AA uses both Concourse D in the North Terminal and Concourse E in the Central Terminal. All international arrivals will be processed in the new North Terminal's Arrivals Facility. There you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and re-check-in bag on level 2, from which you can then connect to your next flight. On the second level are 5 baggage claim carousels, and there is access to the Sky Train on either side, connecting to all other gates. MIA is easy to navigate with plenty of directional signs.


    Thank you very much


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