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  • Luggage at Transfer terminal
    Oct 2, 2014
    Hello I need to flight Boston JFK- JFK Rome with Alitalia operated by Delta and I have 1 hour for the transfer. Do I need to collect my luggage and check in it again? DO you think I have enough time? It's necessary to the passport control again? Thanks


    No you will not collect your luggage or go through passport control in JFK. There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. However, you may have to change terminals as you will likely arrive in T2 and depart from T4. Delta runs a shuttle bus inside security between the two terminals. You should have enough time.


  • Time zone confusion
    Sep 8, 2014
    If my plane leaves Dubai at 8:30 AM on Oct 31, and flies non-stop to JFK for 13 hours, 45 minutes, what day and time is it in NYC when I land?


    It will 2:30 PM the same day, still on October 31.


  • LAS - JFK - Paris
    Aug 28, 2014
    Hey, I'm travelling from LAS to JFK and get there at 4pm on 10.10, then I have a separate flight from JFK to Paris (France) at 7pm on 10.10 (3h difference). Will it be enough? Do I have to pick up luggage or anything like that? I'm from Europe, but since I'm flying from LA to NY, I believe that I don't have to clear customs, just pick luggage as the flights are separate? Thanks for the answers!


    Yes, since the first flight is domestic all you'll have to do is pick up your baggage and take it to your second airline. 3 hrs should be plenty of time.


  • Meeting friend for layover
    Aug 28, 2014
    I'm trying to spend time with a friend before she leaves on her connecting flight. Can she come out of the post-security area to see me? What are my options?


    Yes, as long as she has a boarding pass departing JFK the day of her flight she can exit security and re-enter as much as she wants.


    Can I attain a pass to go through security to see her at the gate?


    Passes are for people to accompany children or the handicapped, not regular adult friends.


  • Re-Checking Bags at JFK Airport
    Jun 13, 2014
    I have a flight from Santiago to JFK arriving at 9am. I then have a 9 hour lay-over before my flight back to the UK at 6pm. I know in connecting flights through the US you have to re-claim your bag, but I am not sure how/when I can re-check it again! Can I re-check my bag immediately or do I have to wait for the check-in desk for my flight to London to open 4 hours before? I really want to go into the city (very briefly I know) but I don't want to be stuck with my bag! Any advice would be really helpful!


  • ABQ,JFK,ARUBA arrive 6 am @JFK depart 11:30 am Jetblue
    Jun 9, 2014
    First time international flight and 5.5 hour layover does not sound too great. So I have some questions. From what I understand customs / immigration will only be an issue in Aruba. Otherwise I can leave and enter JFK and only deal with TSA. Are there any suggestions on where to go in 5.5 hour layover. Secondly how much time should I devote to leaving JFk and reentering JFK TSA. If I have Carry on baggage is there a place I can store this while I take a look at New York? Thank you for the help.


  • Customs, layover and kids
    Mar 11, 2014
    I am traveling with 4kids this summer and I am looking at going from Frankfurt to JFK to Austin. Will a 2hr layover in JFK allow me enough time to recheck my bags, go through customs and make my connection to Austin with 4 kids? Or am I better off take the ATL connection with 5hr layover?


    Would the tickets be bought together or separately? If together, 2 hours is enough at JFK, but it doesn't leave much room for error or delays.


  • Arrive from Milan into JFK then JFK to New Orleans
    Feb 28, 2014
    I arrive at JFK on Emirates from Milan on a Sunday at 7pm. Connecting flight on JetBlue at 9:39pm. Is that enough layover time for customs, security, bagcheck (we will just have carry-on)?


    Many thanks for any opinions. Want to buy my ticket soon :-)


    Yes, that should be enough time. If possible, check in for your JetBlue flight on-line before you leave Milan.


  • 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.


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