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  • Long layover & checked bags
    Jul 2, 2015
    flying Delta Portland to Rome with layover at JFK 10:50pm to 7:50 pm next day. do we have to pick up our checked bags & recheck next day? if so, will hotel store while we go into Manhattan?


    Yes, you will have to claim your bags. Yes, most hotels will hold bags after check-out.


  • Enough Layover time
    Jun 23, 2015
    I arrive at JFK at 4:17pm and fly out of JFK to BCN at 5:15pm, which gives me a 58 minute layover. The tickets were purchased together under Iberian Airlines. Is 58 minutes pushing it?


    It should be enough time. both flights will be operated by American and in Terminal 8. All you have to do in JFK is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Can we meet our uncle at the airport during our layover?
    Jun 18, 2015
    Hello, we have a Sun Country flight that arrives Terminal 4 at JFK at 10:35am. We have a 10 hour layover at JFK, departing Terminal 5 at 9pm (Aer Lingus to Dublin). We have a family of 6 and I assume we will have all of our luggage, including checked, since we are changing terminals and airlines. This will make it too difficult to go in to the city to see our uncle. However, could he come to JFK to see us? Is there an area we could go to to hang out with him for a couple of hours? I know he can't go through security without a boarding pass, but is there an area we could see him at? How soon can we check our luggage before a flight? Thank you!


    Yes, he could meet you in the Terminal 4 baggage claim or the Terminal 5 Lobby. The Aer Lingus counter may actually be open when you arrive since they have a noon flight to Dublin. Their next flight isn't until 5:30 so the counter will probably be closed from about 11 to 3.


  • Transit visa
    Jun 10, 2015
    Hello everyone, my friend is traveling from Accra (ACC)Ghana to barbados and have a 15hr layover at JFK. With a transit visa can he leave the airport area at all?


    Technically you're not supposed to unless your connection requires it, but there's nobody guarding the door to stop you and once you clear US Customs you will be outside the secure area of the airport. As long as you don't get in trouble and show up for your flight to Barbados you should be fine.


  • Layover ideas
    Jun 10, 2015
    Will have an 8 hour layover at JFK before going to KEF Iceland Arrive at JFK 2:40 PM Monday leave at 10:30 PM for KEF. Do I comfortably have time to leave & go to town & be back?


    Yes, that should be enough time. But keep in mind that you will have to keep your bags with you as there is no baggage storage at JFK


    All I will have is my carry on. So there is no lockers or anywhere to leave it while I explore town?


    Correct, as far as I know no US airports have lockers anymore for security reasons.


    What about the AirTrain stations?


  • Connection from Meridiana FLY to Delta or American Airlines
    Jun 6, 2015
    I will be arriving at 1pm from Sicily to Terminal 1 and thinking about taking a 4 pm flight to Boston. Will I have enough time between customs and getting to where ever Delta or AA is located at JFK?


    Yes, 3 hours should be just about enough time.


  • T1-T5
    May 13, 2015
    Hi I will be arriving at T1 at 10.25am and have a flight from T5 at 1.05pm. These are two seperate tickets and I have 1 checked bag. I plan to check in online for my JetBlue flight so I will only have to drop my bag. I am quite familiar with JFK. Will a 2h40m layover be enough?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time you should have enough time.


  • check in and go out side
    May 10, 2015
    check in and go out


  • Stopover at JFK for 8 hours
    Apr 16, 2015
    Hi, between travelling from the UK to Brazil, we have a stopover at JFK for 8 hours. We we're thinking of taking the Airbus into Manhattan for a few hours. Can someone tell me what time we would need to arrive back at JFK for? All flights are at same terminal with the same airline. Thanks :-)


    You should be back at JFK 2 hours before your flight to Brazil. So figure an hour from Manhattan to JFK if you're leaving after 7 PM and 90 minutes if you're leaving before 7 PM for when you need to leave Manhattan.


    Great, thanks for replying!


  • connecting FLight
    Apr 13, 2015
    hi, i have a LAS-JFK Flight arriving JFK via JETBLUE at 6:45am then a different ticket with JFK-FLL via JETBLUE as well departing at 9:30am. would the connection time be enough? its a different ticket o i have to pick up and check in my baggage again.


    The JetBlue agent in Las Vegas can probably join your bookings and check your bags through to FLL. Even if you have to claim your bags in JFK, you should have plenty of time.


  • 9 horus layover
    Apr 11, 2015
    hi everyone i have a 9 hours layover in JFK , do i need to reclaim my bags when i get there or it will go to the destination , also is 9 hours enough time to leave the airport and come back and catch the flight thanks


    Where are you flying from? Where are you going? What airline or airlines are you flying? Were tickets purchased together or separately? Can't answer your question unless I have that info.


  • luggage
    Apr 10, 2015
    Hi, I am leaving Madrid to go to Montreal, with a 7h30 layover in JFK. Will I have to pick up my bags since I am not staying in the US? Can I bring back cheese and meat product? If I don t have to pick up my bag, I would go to the city, but if I have to get them, I doubt it will be worthed... thanks


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, and go through US Customs in JFK. No, you cannot bring meat or cheese products. 7 hours is pretty marginal whether it's worth it or not to go in the city anyway as it takes 90 minutes to get into the city from JFK.


  • layover 7 hours
    Apr 9, 2015
    hi i am flying houston to mumbai by ethihad and have 7 hrs layover at jfk airport newyork. cai i leave airport to have a small trip to manhattan


    Yes, you can leave the airport but it is 90 minutes each way from JFK to Manhattan.


  • JFK Jetblue 6hr layover
    Mar 27, 2015
    Hi, I'm going to be flying in from SJU Puerto Rico to LAX, w/a 6hr layover in NY. I want to take the airtrain to the A train heading into Manhattan Fulton st to see my boyfriend. Am I allowed to leave JFK & Will I make it back in time?


    Yes, you are allowed to leave. It will take a little over an hour to get there each way, and you should be back at JFK an hour before your flight to LAX, so you might have 1-2 hours with your boyfriend.


  • Able to head into NYC during layover?
    Mar 14, 2015
    Hi, This summer (August 13th) me and my friend fly from Buenos Aires to Amsterdam and we have a layover in NYC JFK for about 11 hours. We fly with American Airlines. On their website I can't find any info about the possibilities to leave the airport during this layover. Would it be possible to go on a Hop On/Hp Off bus or something to explore some of NYC in between the two flights? We're both Dutch and we'll have a ESTA permit. Hope to get some info! Thanks!


    It will take about 90 minutes to get to or from the city, so you will have about 4-5 hours you can spend in Manhattan. So yes, you could do some sightseeing.


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