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  • Getting a local SIM Card late at night
    Aug 2, 2016
    Hi, I'll be entering the US for the first time and am touching down at JFK at 10pm at night. I've read articles not to get SIM Cards from the airport because they are "rip offs". My question is, are any stores like T-mobile open that late at night that I can go purchase SIM Cards from?


    Usually not. Some convenience stores that are open 24 hours would have SIM cards (especially in New York). Many large stores like Walmart and Target are open very late, but they don't have them in New York. You will probably have to wait until the morning.


  • Spend the night at JFK
    Aug 2, 2016
    I am on a student visa from India and my flight lands at JFK at 20:45. My final destination is Albany NY (which I will reach by Bus). Can I spend the night at the airport and leave the next morning?


    Yes, the best place is the arrivals level of Terminal 4.


    Will I be allowed to go to the arrivals level?


    Yes, there are public spaces at the exit of immigration and the domestic baggage claim.


  • Collecting Pet from flight into Terminal 5
    Jun 20, 2016
    Hiya, will be travelling from Ireland and have a pet making the journey. Our bags will be checked straight through to our final destination but I'm unsure if I have enough time to collect the pet from baggage and then get back to the gate. The pet is travelling domestically in the cabin for the remainder of our trip. Is 1:15 enough to get from terminal 5 to baggage claim and get back to terminal 5 for our departing flight? Will not need to clear immigration or customs. Thanks.


    Anyone? Appreciate the help.


  • How early to arrive for international flight
    Jun 13, 2016
    We have a flight leaving at 6:20pm for Milan. How early should we arrive to be sure we do not get caught in the interminable security queue. Do not want to miss our flight. Thanx for any guidance.


    Arriving at the airport at 3:15-3:30 should give you plenty of time.


  • Customs and Baggage claim time
    Jun 13, 2016
    Hi, arriving Sunday 19th June at 5:15am (most times this flight lands b4 5am, i see on a website the average customs wait time is 20 minutes, would this be correct, im flying business so should be out the plane first. Once through customs, what is the normal waiting time for suitcases? many thanks


    forgot to mention arriving at JFK terminal 4


    Yes, at that time of day think that would be accurate. I imagine that you will be out of customs about 30 minutes after your flight arrives.


    How long does is then normally take to claim your baggage? Tx


  • TSA wait times
    Jun 11, 2016
    flying out of JFK to Dublin Sunday evening. Can anyone suggest what the possible wait times I should anticipate? thank you.


    What airline? What Terminal? Get there at least 2 hours before your flight.


    Aer Lingur, Terminal 5


    Yeah, that's an OK terminal, 2 hours should be good.


  • LGA to JFK
    May 21, 2016
    Is it cheaper to take a Taxi or a shuttle from LGA to JFK. Also, with TSA wait times, will a 3 hour layover be enough time? My flight will be friday evening.


    The shuttle is slightly cheaper, but a taxi is faster. 3 hours should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Tranist Airport
    May 21, 2016
    Hi, I have flight on Air India Mumbai to Newwark. & Second flight same day evening Newyork JFK to Italy. I have C1 US transit visa & Schengen visa. Can i possible to change Airport in US Newark to Newyork JFK with C1 TRANSIT VISA.


    Yes, a Transit visa allows you to change airports.


  • How long to usually get through Terminal 4 arriving on internal flight
    May 8, 2016
    I'm arriving into JFK Terminal 4 from LAX on Delta- due to arrive 2.50pm on a Monday. How long should I expect it to take to clear security etc? Also what time could I expect to get to Penn Station by? Need to get a train to Philadelphia and looking to get there quickest possible way! Many thanks!!


    You don't have to go through security after arriving. You could be at Penn Station within 70 minutes of arriving if everything goes smoothly.


  • Baggage
    May 6, 2016
    I have one ticket flying from the UK to NY then connecting in NY to Florida, will my luggage be checked straight through or do I have to claim this in NY then check back in?


    If everything is on the same reservation your bags will be tagged through to Florida, but in JFK you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security.


  • How much lead time do I really need?
    May 4, 2016
    I will be traveling from JFK to Abu Dhabi (final destination: India) in a few weeks and my flight leaves between 3 and 4 in the afternoon. I had planned on booking the first Delta morning flight out of Boston to JFK to ensure a hassle-free connection. Since traveling to India is almost a two day affair I do not want to spend too much time waiting around for my second flight on my day of travel. Is it necessary to be so prudent or or do you think I should leave on a later flight out of Boston as long as I give myself enough time to collect my bags from baggage claim and check in for the international flight to Abu Dhabi on Etihad airlines? Of course, I worry about delays and a morning flight allows for some wiggle room in the event of one.


    I would do the morning flight.


    Thank you!


  • Jetblue email wait time
    May 3, 2016
    Hi, flying domestically tomorrow, Sunday around 8 am on JetBlue and got an email from them- YOU WILL LIKELY ENCOUNTER LONGER WAIT TIMES AT SECURITY CHECKPOINTS. Due to current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) capacity, this will likely result in longer-than-usual security lines at your departure airport. To ensure you make it to your gate in time, please plan to arrive at least 2 hours before your flight, as wait times could be up to an hour or more. Anybody else get this? Anybody know what's going on there? Is it a really bad scene at JFk? What's the deal with this? 2hrs early for domestic seems strange


    Virtually every airport in the country is currently understaffed at security. I believe that Jetblue is sending these to every passenger.


    I've flown with JetBlue at JFK at least 20 times this year and have never gotten this notice before but just received the same email. I don't know what's going on but I am definitely very curious so as to what's going on. I assume it has something to do with some unhappy union workers...


    We followed their instructions and it was good that we did. It was a Sunday am flight so the place was packed...we gave ourselves 2 hrs like they suggested and by the time we made it to the gate we had about 15mins before having to board.


  • pittsburgh to jfk to lusaka
    Apr 7, 2016
    My son is traveling from JFK to Lusaka (transfer in Dubai) on Emirates Airlines. He needs to get a flight from Pittsburgh to JFK to meet the rest of the group. If they are two different flights/bookings, will he need to claim baggage, check-in, and go through security again at JFK? How much time will he need?


    Yes. He will have to do all of that. I recommend arriving at JFK 3 hours before his Emirates flight.


  • sleep at the airport
    Mar 31, 2016
    My flight (Japan Airlines) departs at 1:25pm. I am thinking about getting to the airport the night before and sleeping there. Am I allowed to do that?


    Yes, outside security in Terminal 4. That will be a VERY long time to spend there though.


  • flyer from ireland
    Mar 20, 2016
    hi all anyone knows how long will it take for the luggage to come out i am travelling from dublin and i would have done the custom clearance alredy thanks


    Maybe 20-30 minutes from the arrival time at the gate. Maybe 45 minutes if they're having a bad day.