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  • 10 Hour Layover Terminal 8 help
    Dec 30, 2014
    Hi, I arrive Terminal 8 from London on British Airways to JFK at 22:30 I don't fly out again from Terminal 8 on American Airlines to San Francisco until 8:00am the next morning so have a 10 Hour Layover! I was wondering what I would be best doing. I would be happy to stay in airport lounch but not sure if any open 24 hrs through the night, also thinking about hotel but really once I clear customs then possibly have to check my bags again it only leaves 6 Hours or less to be safe. I leave in 5 days time so any help would be much appreciated! Many Thanks


    You may not be able to re-check your bag upon arrival and may have to wait until about 4 or 5 AM to do so if you decide to stay in the airport. You may want to read this guide at Sleepinginairports - http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/newyorkjfk.htm#.UsGpEvRDv-Q It seems the best place to wait out the night is in Terminal 5.


    Also, British Airways-operated flights arrive in Terminal 7, not Terminal 8.


  • Visiting my friend on layover at JFK
    Dec 27, 2013
    Hey my friend is coming through delta on a flight from the Dominican Republic to Ohio and is on layover at JFK for about 12hrs. Is there a way that I can go see her there before she departs to Ohio? And where and how would this be done?? By the way she is a minor with a student visa to go on an student exchange with a school in Ohio.


    She will exit customs in Terminal 4 and you could meet her there (it is in the non-secure area). You could then go anywhere you want as long as she gets back to JFK about 90 minutes before her flight to Ohio.


    Oh thank you! And another thing. Once we come back for her flight to Ohio she has to go through the other terminal right?? I mean the terminal listed on the ticket??


    Yes, if she's on a Delta Connection flight it probably leaves from Terminal 2. You can check delta.com on your phone to find out the exact terminal.


  • Bag Re-check
    Dec 19, 2013
    Hi, I have a flight leaving Dublin tomorrow at 1115am to Philadelphia with a layover at JFK (departs at 450pm). This was purchased under one ticket. Will it be necessary to recheck luggage at JFK before the connecting flight? Thanks!


    You shouldn't have to if your bags are checked through to PHL as you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin.


  • have a 12 hour lau over in JFK, at terminal 8
    Nov 10, 2013
    what can we do interesting in this time span?


    There's not much to do in the actual terminal. In that time you can go into manhattan for a few hours. If you want to go somewhere closer and simple you could take a taxi to Flushing Meadows Corona Park (site of the world's fairs) which is about 10 miles from JFK.


  • Traveling from palm beach to Dubai with 2 hour layover @ JFK
    Nov 6, 2013
    Traveling from palm beach to Dubai with 2 hour layover @ JFK. Is 2 hour is enough to pass security and catch the next flight. And I will travel in JetBlue from palm beach to JFK and emirates from JFK to Dubai , all are in one ticket, so do I need to check out the luggage and check in again at JFK?


    If everything was booked on one ticket your bags should be checked straight through to Dubai and you won't have to do anything with them at JFK. You will just have to take the Airtrain/Air Terminals Train 1 stop from Terminal 5 to 4 and go through security. Assuming your first flight is on-time you should have plenty of time.


    Thanks sir..


  • flying out of the country for the first time
    Oct 25, 2013
    I am flying from Columbus airport at 6 am and will be arriving at JFK around 745 www will then be flying to Jamaica will I have to claim my baggage and recheck it and go thru customes??? How do you find out what terminal I will b flying out of??? Is there anywhere I can smoke or our we allowed to step outside????


    No, you will go through Jamaican immigration when you arrive in Jamaica. If your tickets were bought on a single reservation you will not have to do anything with them until you get to Jamaica. With regards to terminals, you have to tell us what airline or airlines you are flying for us to help you. On your return from Jamaica, assuming you are again connecting at JFK, that is when you will have to go through US immigration, claim your baggage, go through customs, and re-check your baggage before your flight to Columbus.


    I am flying with delta and what about smoking areas can I go past security and back thru when I land into JFK


    Yes, you can (make sure you bring your boarding pass with you). Also, you will likely arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal 4 at JFK. So if you're rushed for time you can take Delta's shuttle bus which runs inside security (where you won't be able to smoke) or if you have over an hour to make the connection, you can go outside to smoke, then take the JFK AirTrain/Air Terminals Train from T2 to T4 which runs outside security.


    Thank you n yes our lay over is 3 hrs long


  • Correction to earlier comment re. T4-T8 layover
    Oct 3, 2013
    A few minutes ago I sent an inquiry re. a friend's layover at JFK. She will actually be flying in to T4 from Israel, landing at 3.30 pm, and flying out T8 to Toronto at 8.30 p.m. Is there a place that I can meet her during the 5 hours she'll be waiting between flights?


    Best place would be the exit of customs in T4.


  • 22H layover
    May 19, 2013
    Hi i'm arriving at JFK at 17h50 and leaving the day after at 20h00. Will I need to leave the airport to find accomodation tfor the night? Will i need a visa? All ideas/solutions welcome


    Open http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/newyorkjfk.htm#.UZjtt0qnfzY - it covers from sleeping on the floor, to hotels, and more. As to visa (if leaving the Airport) that depends on if your country is part of the visa-waiver countries. See http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/temp_1305.html


  • Time to clear customs between flights
    May 7, 2013
    Flying South African Airways from Johannesburg to JFK arriving 6.40am, 1h45 layover connecting to Charlotte on US airlines. It's booked as a package is it enough time to get through passport control etc. (is there a fast track for connecting flights?)


    There is no fast-track for connecting flights. You'll also have to re-check your bags, go outside and take the airtrain from terminal 4 to terminal 7, then go back through security. You have a chance since it's so early in the morning, but you'll really have to hurry.


  • terminal 1 to terminal 8
    Apr 25, 2013
    We are arriving in terminal 1 on american airlines (domestic flight). We are then travelling from terminal 8 (turkish airlines). We have 2.5 hour layover time. Is this enough time?? Will we have to reclaim our bags and go through security again in JFK or will our bags be automatically transferred to Turkish in JFK??


    American uses Terminal 8 at JFK and Turkish uses Terminal 1 so you have it backwards. That should be enough time whether you have to claim your bags or not. If your tickets were bought on the same reservation AA should transfer your bags for you.


  • Layover
    Apr 6, 2013
    I am Egyptian and I have a Canadian permanent resident card and I have a layover in JFK airport .. Can I leave the airport for couple of hours without US visa?


    A couple of hours is by far not enough to get to New York City & back. On arrival at JFK you will need to go through passport control, pick up your bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in your bags where indicated. This process can take anywhere from 35 to 60 mins. To get from your arrival terminal to your departure terminal via the Airline Terminals Train, going through security check and on to your departing gate can take another 30-50 mins. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


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