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  • 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.


  • Layover 12 hours
    Dec 10, 2016
    Hi, my husband and I will be travelling from Vancouver to JFK by CX Cathay Pacific - arriving at 7am @ Terminal 7. Then connecting flight to Santiago Chile by LAN airline at 7pm @ Terminal 8. We will have 12 hour layover time. How early can we check in our luggage @ Terminal 8? After we check-in the luggages, can we first go to air France lounge @ terminal 1 for a few hours then go back to terminal 8 boarding cuz we have free access to Air France Lounge. How far & time we need to travel from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8? Or any other suggestion what we can do @ JFK for 12 hours? Thank you very much!


    You won't be able to check your bags until about 3 or 4 PM. You won't be able to access the Air France lounge in Terminal 1. Since you will have to wait about 7 hours to check your bags there's not much you can do.


  • 21 hour layover 10am - 7am next day
    Dec 9, 2016
    Hi - we are traveling from Argentina to Minnesota and are considering flights with a 21 hour layover in JFK. Flight arrives 10am with final flight leaving next morning at 7am. Looking at staying in a hotel near the airport for ease of getting back in the AM. With international arrivals, luggage accommodations, etc., would we have enough time to see SOMETHING in NYC (Ellis Island, Central Park...) before hitting the hotel for sleep? Thanks for your help!!


    Yes, 21 hours is enough time to do a lot. You will be out of customs by noon. It takes an hour to get into Manhattan by train, you could walk around until you get tired and then take the train back to JFK and then take a shuttle to your hotel.


  • JFK Airport layover on exit from USA, Immigration and Baggage help
    Dec 2, 2016
    Hi, my wife will be travelling…. from LAX (LA) to India via JFK on 3rd Dec… (with layover of only 2 hours only)... Her itinerary is --- LAX (LA) to JFK (NY) by Jet Blue Ailrline. (She has only 2 hours in JFK arriving at Terminal 5).--- JFK(NY) to AUX ( Abu Dhabi ) by Etihad Airline, (Departing at JFK from Terminal 4).--- (AUX to India by JetAir)-- My questions….. 1) Is she required to clear Immigration at JFK or at LA?..... 2)At LAX (LA) can she book baggage directly for India, or is she required to collect baggage at JFK and check in again ?.... Please help, thanks.


    There is no US Customs or Immigration when leaving the US. She won't have to claim her bags in JFK - just change terminals and go through security.


  • JFK Airport Immigration and Security check wait time
    Dec 2, 2016
    Hi, my wife will be travelling from LAX (LA) to India via JFK on 3rd Dec with layover of only 2 hours only . Her itinerary is LAX (LA) to JFK (NY) by Jet Blue ailrline. She has only 2 hours in JFK arriving at Terminal 5 at JFK JFK(NY) to AUX ( Abu Dhabi ) by Etihad Airline Departing from Terminal 4 (AUX to India by JetAir) My question : 1) Is she required to clear Immigration at JFK or at LA? 2) Is she required to collect baggage at JFK and check in again ? Please help, thanks.


    All her travel is booked on one ticket of Etihad Airline.


    There is no US Customs or Immigration when leaving the US. She won't have to claim her bags in JFK - just change terminals and go through security.


  • JFK Airport Immigration and Security check wait time
    Nov 27, 2016
    Hi, I will be traveling from Washington DC (IAD) to New Delhi (DEL) and have JFK as my connecting airport from where I board the flight to India. I have a 2:25 hour layover at JFK. My first question is will I have to go through immigration at IAD or at JFK? I do not remember from my last trip if there was an immigration check point for departures and my passport also doesn't have a US departure stamp. My second question is, is the 2 hour 25 minutes layover time at JFK enough? Especially considering that I will be flying Delta for IAD to JFK and Air India for JFK to DEL. My final question is, will I have to change terminals when I am arriving on a domestic flight and leaving on an international one? Many thanks for the help.


    There is no US Immigration when you leave the US. There hasn't been US departure stamps for almost 10 years. Both Delta Connection and Air India use Terminal 4. If your tickets are all on one reservation you won't have to do anything with your bags in JFK. If you purchased two separate reservations you will have to claim and re-check your bags with Air India.


  • Transit flight
    Nov 25, 2016
    I will come with norwegian airlines and afyer a few hours fly to mexico from there. Will I pass from a passport control. I am Turkish will I need a transit visa?


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in JFK and will have to transfer your bags between airlines yourself. Yes, you will need a US Transit Visa.


  • JFK term1 - JFK term8 - SFO
    Nov 28, 2016
    So, I'm about to buy AA ticket from JFK term1 to SFO. It looks like terminals are not far from each other on the airport map, but I remember taking AirTrain last year and there was somekind of a problem and the train only moved one way, and not the way I needed. So I had to go through the whole airport, and really spent a lot of time on this circle. I arrive at 5.25 pm, term1, then need to get to term8, my second flight is 8 pm. Is this enough time to make it happen? I am american, no baggage just cabin size. Thank you.


    What airline are you arriving in JFK on?




    That will be a pretty difficult connection, especially if you have checked bags.


    Are you saying 2hrs30min may not be enough? Should I change the ticket?


    I don't know if there would be a later flight you could switch to.


    That's why I got this ticket. The only option is to stay in ny for the night, I'm just wondering if I should take a chance


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