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  • 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.


  • Connecting flight
    Mar 16, 2016
    Hi, I am flying to jfk from Seoul on Asiana and then have a connecting flight to Montreal on westjet. Will I have to go through immigration, get my bags, check in then clear security again? TIA!


    Yes, if your tickets are on two separate reservations you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, got through US Customs, then take your bags to the Delta counter in Terminal 4 (Westjet does not fly from JFK to Montreal), re-check them, and go through security.


  • San Diego to JFK to Shannon, Ireland
    Mar 2, 2016
    Where will customs be cleared on this itinerary? If all legs of the flight are through Delta and we change planes in JFK, will we have to take possession of luggage?


    All you have to do in JFK is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. If you arrive in Terminal 2 then you will take a shuttle bus inside security to Terminal 4 where you depart. You will go through Irish immigration and customs in Shannon.


    Thanks so much for that information. What about on the return trip? Will customs be at JFK or San Diego -- and if it's JFK will we have to reclaim luggage before boarding for San Diego?


    No, on your return trip you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Shannon, again all you have to do in JFK is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • question
    Jan 26, 2016
    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
    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
    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!!


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