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  • question
    Jan 26, 2016
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    Does immigration and custome check for traffic warrants when leaving jfk to travel international

     

    There is no US Immigration and Customs when leaving the US - however your passport information is fed to the Department of Homeland Security, so if your warrant is particularly egregious, someone may be waiting for you at the check in counter or the gate.

     

  • Unfortunate experience at JFK
    Jan 2, 2015
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    My flight out of Berlin on Air Berlin was delayed 3 hrs due to mechanical problems. This made me miss my connection in JFK on American to Charlotte, requiring an overnight in NYC. I travel a lot, this didn't concern me. But it turned out to be one of my worst flying experiences. (I'm a Platinum AA member & did 73k miles this year.) They rebooked me on a 6:30 am flight to CLT, plus gave me a voucher for the Radisson JFK & meals & directions how to get there on the AirTrain & shuttle bus. So far so good. But after going through Customs AA refused to recheck my luggage. It was bad luck that I was moving back to the USA after 8 months living in Berlin. So I had approx. 180 lbs of checked baggage in 4 bags. Getting all this stuff back & forth to a hotel room by myself was unnecessary. And quite frankly more than I could bear after being awake for 22 hrs. But I was told my many people that I had to keep all the baggage with me, I was not permitted to recheck these bags. After talking with a couple very rude and unhelpful airline employees, then a few very nice ones - four hours after I landed I was trying to get some sleep on a cot outside the bathroom in Terminal 4. With the floor cleaner whirring by on his little truck. If I had been on a domestic flight my checked bags would have stayed "checked through" overnight. But due to Customs I had to walk through with my bags, then AA claimed "RULES" would not permit me to recheck. Due to the early departure, I could not use the Luggage Storage facility at the terminal, since they don't open until 6 am and that was too late to check them for the 6:30 flight. AA wouldn't let me change to a later flight without charging me a large sum. Can anyone here explain why these rules exist? They caused me a lot of grief.

     

    Nobody from AA will read this, but they can't accept bags for a future day flights because of possible confusion between "current day" bags and "future day" bags and space limitations.

     

  • Help with connecting flight?
    Nov 30, 2015
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    I am returning to the US from interning abroad, back to Milwaukee. I found a deal on flights through Student Universe and I leave from London Heathrow. I have options of connecting flights in JFK (2h40m arrive OHD at 6:30, or 5h40m layover and arrive OHD at 9:30). It will be December 17, so possible winter weather. Flying KLM. I have not booked yet, but I think it would to be the same ticket. I would like to get to Ohare earlier rather than later, but is 2h40m enough time to get through everything? I have never been to JFK. Would I need to get my baggage, and recheck it again, then go through security again as well? Or no, because it is the same ticket? I have options to fly to Atlanta or Detroit as well, both with shorter connections (2h). Is 5h40m enough time to do something around JFK area otherwise? Or should I just explore around in the airport?

     

    O'Hare is ORD, not OHD. 2 hours 40 minutes should be enough time. You will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. 2 Hours in Detroit would also be very doable.

     

    Whoops. Thanks for the guidance!!

     

  • Where to pay for extra luggage?
    Jan 11, 2015
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    Hi! I will be travelling from JFK to Toronto with Delta Airlines later this month. My ticket shows 0 pc luggage allowance. Where can I pay for my luggage? I found info about the cost but where and how to pay is the question. Thank you for any reply!

     

    You can pay when you check in online with Delta. If you are not able to check in online you will pay at the airport. Note that they only accept credit and debit cards.

     

    Thank you for your answer! Just to clarify - I can pay at the airport while check-in, right> to the same person? I am very tight on time (flight from Moscow). They do not accept cash? Thank you!

     

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