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  • 6hours layover enough to go out of the airport
    Jan 29, 2015
    Flight from Amsterdam to Honolulu with 6hours layover in Seattle purchased in 1 ticket. Would it be possible to get out of the airport to meet a friend for a couple of hours or isn`t it allowed to exit the security zone as my final destination is Hawaii? Despite the immigration time..


    Seattle is a tricky airport. If you are a connecting passenger off an international flight after customs you follow a route to re-check your bags, then go back through security, then you are back in the secure area. Passengers ending their journey in seattle follow a different route and have to put their bags on a conveyor to be taken to the baggage claim and then take a train to the main terminal. If you do want to see your friend, you can do that, but you will have to first follow the path for a connecting passenger and re-check your bag and go through security. Then you will take the train to another concourse, such as A or B. Then you can walk from A or B to the baggage claim where you will be outside the secure area. There are no checks for people exiting the secure area. To get to your departure gate, head back through security and to your departure concourse. So, generally, yes, it is possible, but it's a big hassle.


  • Flying domestic into terminal A and transfer to terminal B for Zurich
    Jan 30, 2015
    United express lands at 8.30 pm and Swiss Airlines departs at 10.00PM then what is the best way to go from terminal A to B without security. Does the shuttle bus is just between the terminals or to other places too. its a one ticket so i think i dont have to recheck them. Please advise Thanks, also provide information if available from B terminal which gate Swiss airlines operate for Zurich Thanks .


    Yes, the shuttle bus is the only connection inside security. The shuttle bus takes you to the same part of Terminal B where the Swiss flight departs. It appears to use gate B67.


    Thanks for replying could you please tell me the frequency of bus and from which A gate i get the bus within the security


    The bus runs once every 10 minutes or so. The bus leaves from near A28.


    What if my flight was not united. Can I still take this bus shuttle to terminal b from a. Does the bus leaves from level 2? Since arrivals are level 2 ? Does this runs only between terminals a b an d c or it goes to other parking garages too ? Thanks


  • Arriving delta at 4:30. Departing iceland air 8pm
    Jan 29, 2015
    Looking for estimated times to arrive delta, pick up luggage, check in to iceland air, travel to gate


    That should be enough time.


  • transfer times
    Jan 29, 2015
    Hi I am due to arrive at Washington from LAX at 18.00 and then depart at 18.40 for MAN [UK]. Flying with UNITED Is this enough time for the connection? Seems rather 'tight'


    That is enough time but leaves very little to spare in case you have a delay. Both flights will be on the C/D concourse and all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • connection to sacramento
    Jan 29, 2015
    Hi- flying from newcastle UK to sacramento all on united , when I land at Newark and go through immigration will I have to pick up my cases or will they go direct on to the next flight because it is the same carrier ( united) , also is 2 hours long enough to go through immigration and get to my departure terminal


    Yes, in Newark you will arrive in Terminal B or C, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then you can re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Your next flight will depart from Terminal A or C. If you arrived at Terminal B you will have to take the AirTrain to your departure terminal. Then you will go through security and to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • CUN / DFW / HNL
    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi Flying with AA from Cancun, with a 5 hr connection in DFW before next AA flight to Honolulu. Not sure what Terminal I will arrive in, and then depart from. Any info would be appreciated. as there is nothing noted on my Itinerary. Tks


    You will arrive in Terminal D and likely depart in Terminal D as well. Even if you don't all terminals are connected inside security by the SkyLink train.


    Thanks Zap. Because the flight out of DFW is also with AA, is that why you think a Terminal D departure is likely ? Otherwise how do you find out what terminal the flight departs from ?


    I say D because the flight to HNL is on a large aircraft and the large aircraft mainly use Terminal D, since that is the international terminal, all the gates are set up for those types of aircraft.


    Do I find out the Terminal departure when I get to DFW and look at the departure monitors ?


    Yes, it will be there - the terminal is the first letter in the gate for example gate "D15" would be in Terminal D.


  • Meeting arrivals at terminal 4 after arriving at terminal 7
    Jan 29, 2015
    I have to meet some friend at terminal 4 but I will be arriving at terminal 7. Should I just cab aline it or meet them to share a cab


    A cab from JFK to Manhattan is about $60. So if you can meet up with them that would be preferable. You can take the AirTrain from T4 to T7 and meet them on the arrivals level. Better yet, if you are going to Manhattan you could take the AirTrain to the LIRR or Subway there. It's much less expensive and usually faster than a taxi.


  • customs clearance
    Jan 29, 2015
    Does grand cayman have pre- clearance to the U.S.?


    No, it does not. The only locations in the Caribbean that do are Nassau, Freeport, Aruba, and Bermuda (if you consider that part of the Caribbean). And of course you do not need a passport to visit St. Thomas, St. Croix, or Puerto Rico.


  • transfer from international to international
    Jan 30, 2015
    I'm looking at at ticket that arrives at terminal 5 and departs from terminal 2. Both are international flights, meaning I will not actually enter the US. Do I still need to go through baggage claim and immigration? Also, will 1hr 35min be enough time for the transfer?


    The flight is from ICN (Asiana) to YYZ (Air Canada) with a connection in ORD.


    Yes, you will still have to go through US Immigration, claim your bag, go through US Customs, re-check your bag at the transfer desk, take the ATS Train to T2 and go through security. 1 hr 35 minutes would be about the bare minimum possible for this connection.


    Then I guess it would be safe to buy a ticket that gives me more time between flights. Thanks for the info!


  • msp to bos
    Jan 29, 2015
    Flying in from YXE. We have 75 minute layover before flying out to BOS. Are we in same concourse area?? Will we have to clear security and/or customs ?? Flying on Delta airlines on Friday January 30.


    Yes, you upon arrival in MSP You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags if you have checked bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags, and go through security and to your departure gate. Your flights may be close to each other but the Boston flights can leave from several different concourses.


  • BOS --> SFO --> Auk, NZ and return... Min layover recommended?
    Jan 29, 2015
    I'm flying roundtrip BOS-SFO-AUK in May on Air NZ but the US domestic leg is operated by United. Some options allow only 1.5hrs connection in SFO. I'm concerned that it may not be enough, ESPECIALLY on the return if I have to go through immigration at SFO. What should I look for as minimum layover times for both outbound and return? Thanks, Carlos


    On the way there an hour should be sufficient. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Terminal 3 where you arrive and concourse G of the International Terminal where you depart are connected inside security by a walkway. On the return I would look for 1.5-2 hours since you will have to go through Immigration, customs, and security in SFO.


  • What's faster
    Jan 28, 2015
    four of us in our late 20s all in relatively good shape need to get from concourse A to E in 1 hour 18min my question to you is would walking be faster than taking the plane train that stops a few times?


    Unless you are an NCAA middle-distance runner looking to get some work in, the train is the way to go.


    thanks that was the answer I was looking for!


  • Recheck luggage
    Jan 28, 2015
    I have 45 minutes between a domestic delta flight and international do I have to recheck my bags and is 45 minutes enough time?


    No, you do not have to re-check your bag on your way out of the US. You should have enough time. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.


  • AA changed flight
    Jan 29, 2015
    AA changed my flight from SJD to land at 7:10 pm in ORD and my connecting domestic flight to ALO leaves at 8:10. I know that is less than the minimum connecting time for an international flight return per the airline. If the flight is on time and I do not have any checked bags, do I have a chance of making the connecting flight after getting through customs? My only other options are flying to a different final city and driving the rest or having a (scheduled :-)) overnight layover.


    Without checked bags you do have a chance - there's a special line for passengers without checked bags and security lines start getting very short after 7 PM.


    Thank you. That is useful information!


  • KC to Atlanta then Atlanta to Pensacole
    Jan 28, 2015
    I only have 36 minutes to get to this connecting flight. Both in US and both Delta. Is this enough time?


    You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.


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