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  • Long Layover with an Infant
    Apr 21, 2017
    Hello , We would be travelling through JFK with our 6 month baby. Our layover is about 6 hours,We would coming from RSW after having been through a 6 hour flight already. Kindly suggest any airport lounges where you can snooze for a bit and stretch legs.


    Infants aren't allowed in most lounges RSW to JFK is not a 6 hour flight. Do you mean you're going to RSW? What airlines are you flying? JFK is a big airport.


  • Baggage Transfer at JFK to EWR by United Airlines for through check in
    Apr 18, 2017
    We are coming by Lufthansa from Frankfurt to JFK and are bound for St Louis by United Airlines after 4 hours. Is it possible to re check in the baggage after customs at JFK and catch United Airlines flight from EWR Liberty? Or do we need to carry the baggage ourselves to Liberty EWR from JFK? Thanks in advance for the advice.


    You will have to take your bags with you to Newark.


  • 19 Hour Connection in JFK
    Apr 17, 2017
    Hi I have a flight from Dubai to JFK via Emirates, 19 hour connection, then a flight from JFK to New Orleans Louisiana via Jet Blue, will I get free accommodations? and where should I go during this connection as it is my first visit to New York?


    No, why would you get free accommodation? You can get a hotel by the airport and just sleep or you can go into Manhattan, which is an hour from the airport and the hotels are more expensive.


    Apr 9, 2017
    Hello, my flight is from LAX-JFK on Virgin America. We have a 3h 40 min layover to get to our second flight (SAA) from JFK-JNB. Would we have to recheck our bags and go thru security again or do we just go from one gate to the other, and would there be enough time?


    Is it one reservation or two separate reservations?


  • Midnight
    Apr 6, 2017
    I arrive at 11pm to JFK with 10 yo girl. My next flight is at 6am I think, will I be safe in JFK during night by myself with my girl or I have to rethink about another flight.


    Yes inside airports is a very safe place.


  • lay over time
    Apr 3, 2017
    my next connecting flight is at 11,00pm


  • Is 2 hour 20 min enough?
    Apr 3, 2017
    Hi Im flying from Orlando to New York and I have 2 hours and 20 minutes till my next flight to Moscow. will it be enough? will I need get my luggage in New York?


    If both flights are on the same reservation then you don't have to do anything with your bags in New York on the way to Moscow. You have enough time.,


    Thank you! Yes both flights are on the same reservation. So do you think 2 hours will be enough to go thru the custom?


    There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


  • Layover in JFK for flight from Lisbon to Chicago
    Mar 2, 2017
    Hello. I am flying from Lisbon to JFK and then to Chicago by Delta - however two different reservation. I am arriving to JFK at 2:55pm and have flight to Chicago at 4:20pm. I have carry on only. Do I have enough time to go thru the custom and make the flight to Chicago? will Global Entry help to expedite the custom and TSA check?


    Yes, Global Entry will make Immigration and Security faster. Check in online for your flight to Chicago before leaving Lisbon. Even with no checked baggage and Global Entry this is still a very difficult connection.


    Thank you. How long would it take from the Custom to Delta terminals? Do I need to walk or there is an airport transportation? Thanks again.


    If the flight from Lisbon is also on Delta it's all in Terminal 4.


    Thanks. The flight to Chicago probably will be from Domestic Delta terminal 2. How long would it take from terminal 4 to terminal 2? Do I need to walk or there is a airport transport? What would you recommend? Thank you so much for your help.


    Actually most Delta Connection flights (of which the Chicago flight is one) depart from Terminal 4. If you DO need to go to Terminal 2, then you can go through security in T4 and take a shuttle bus inside security to Terminal 2.


    Thank you very much


  • 1h25m layover in JFK from SAN to CDG
    Feb 24, 2017
    I'm flying with AA and hopefully be landing in JFK at 4:10PM, then my connection for Paris CDG will depart at 5:35PM (still AA). Is there enough time between the two flights? thanks for your help


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in JFK is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • BWI to MEX with layover in JFK
    Feb 12, 2017
    There is a flight from BWI to Mexico City with layover of 6 hours at JFK. Is it possible to board the flight at JFK instead of Baltimore?


    If your flights are on the same reservation, you have to take the flight from Baltimore or your ticket from JFK will be cancelled.


    Jan 23, 2017
    Hiya, I am flying to NYC then have a 8 hour connection for the next flight, can i lave the airport to go Manhattan and come back - am i allowed to do this with a ESTA of course?


    Yes, however, note that it takes about 90 minutes to get from JFK to Manhattan and that you should be back at JFK 2 hours before your flight, so add in customs and immigration time after you arrive and you'll get MAYBE 2 hours in manhattan.


  • 5 hr layover with Service Dog
    Jan 10, 2017
    I am departing on Delta for an international flight from Terminal 4 but have a 5 hr layover. My service animal will need the relief area and I'd like to use the one in Terminal 5. Will I have to go through security again to access terminal 5 and then again to get back into 4? Thanks. Any tips on what to do with a puppy for 5 hours in JFK? I can access the USO lounge but also considered the Delta lounge.


    You don't have to ask the same question 3 times.


  • Baggage during international connection- 8h layover
    Dec 19, 2016
    Hello. I will be flying on DL3816 from Quebec City, arriving at 9:50 AM and then I have a flight connection to Paris ORY (AF37) leaving at 6:15PM from T1 (around 8 hour layover). These two flights are on the same flight ticket. I was wondering if it was possible to re-check my bag after Clearing the customs directly when I arrive at JFK or if I have to wait a few hours (as Air France does not operate so early). Thank you in advance


    If the bags are tagged to ORY you should be able to drop them at the re-check desk after you clear customs.


    Thank you for your reply


  • Transfer Time
    Jan 10, 2017
    Hi, I am flying from Manchester UK to JFK via Delta Airlines, my layover time to Los Angeles (via Delta) is 1.44, is there enough time to clear customs and catch my flight to LA? Thank you


    That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Thank you so much you have put my mind at rest!, could you also tell me if I need to collect my luggage or would Delta transfer it to the next flight


    Yes, 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, go through security and to your departure gate. Everything will be in Terminal 4.


    Thank you


    I flew in to JFK on Monday morning 8 hours late and due to no baggage handlers we were told to go to hotels and bags will be delivered. We are still waiting for bags and help lines at delta are not being answered. Is anyone else in same situation


  • 2:30 hr for tsa & baggage claim & check in
    Dec 13, 2016
    Im flying in from Israel and arriving at 5:50. is it possible go through the immigration, claim the baggage and check in the baggage and get on the flight to Chicago at 8:20 AM?


    What airlines are you flying? Are both flights on the same reservation or two separate reservations?


    Two seperate. I think i am flying in with the El Al airline from Israel and AA to Chicago.


    That's barely enough time. You will have to go through US immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, take your bags with you on the AirTrain from Terminal 4 to Terminal 8, re-check them with American and go through security.


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