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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at New York Kennedy JFK airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your JFK Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • 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, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


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