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  • 2h35 m layover at JFK
    Jul 27, 2016
    Hi everyone, I've got a 2h35m layover between the international flight (Moscow-New York) and the domestic flight (New York-Atlanta). Will I make it to the terminal 4 from terminal 1, pass through immigration, customs and baggage re-check in just 2 and a half hours? Is it enough? Can I ask airport workers for some help in letting me ahead of the line? Thanks!


    That should be enough time. Airport workers can't get you to the front of the line. You have to ask people yourself, but only ask if you are in ACTUAL danger of missing your flight.


  • layover between connecting flights
    Jul 22, 2016
    I have two different tickets Iam traveling from orlando(MCO) to JFK will reach jfk at 12pm then need to do baggage claim and my next flight will be at 3.10(air ndia) to dELHI..is this sufficient time to depart the air india flight


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly. What airline are you flying to JFK?


    thanks for your response..its jet blue


  • 8 hour layover in JFK
    Jul 18, 2016
    Hi, I am flying in on Aer Lingus from Dublin arriving 1020, with onward departure on JetBlue to Raleigh Durham departing 1825. If I want to leave the airport, I assume I will have to get my checked suitcase and clear customs? Then re-check in? How far away is the left luggage place from Terminal 5? Would a taxi be best mode of transport into town and back? (3 people)


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. If both tickets are on the same reservation you don't have to do anything with your bags in JFK. A taxi takes over an hour and costs $50 each way.


  • SIN - JFK - MCO
    Jul 16, 2016
    Hi, I'll be flying into JFK on Singapore Airlines SQ26, arriving 11:10am and am looking for a connecting flight to MCO. I'm looking at Jetblue flight 1089, leaving at 2:09pm. Will there be enough time for the connection? We have checked baggage but if it helps, are flying First class on Singapore Airlines so will get our baggage before everyone else.


    Yes, that should be possible considering you will be flying first class.


  • From Atlanta to JFK and change flight from JFK to PVG in Shanghai, CN
    Jul 15, 2016
    I am flying (Delta) from Atlanta to JFK and change flight (China Eastern) from JFK to PVG in Shanghai, China. My question is do I have to claim my luggage at JFK and recheck in?


    Are both tickets on the same reservation or are they on two separate reservations?


  • do I need a visa to have a connection flight in JFK
    Jul 8, 2016
    I am an Ethiopian citizen do I need a visa to have a connection flight in JFK?


    Yes, you do.


  • JFK layover
    Jul 8, 2016
    Flying Delta (both trips) from Washington DC to JFK having 3hrs layover and then to Barcelona. We are arriving to and departure from terminal 4. Do we have to get our luggage and go through the security again? JFK is always a mess. I'm so nervous.


    No, you don't have to do anything with your bags in JFK or go through Security in JFK on your way to Barcelona. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You have plenty of time.


  • 3.5 Hour Layover
    Jun 24, 2016
    We are flying in Delta at 1:59 pm on 7/1. We have a 3.5 Hour layover. We've never been to a New York. Is there enough time to leave the airport? Or should we stay? Our flights departs at 5:18 pm for Las Vegas.


    No, that is not enough time to go anywhere.


  • Overnight layover with change of airlines - same terminal
    Jun 22, 2016
    I have an overnight layover. Flying in on delta and leaving on el al. I have access to the lounge. Is there any way to get luggage from Delta and then go the lounge with my luggage and stay there for my layover?


    No, you cannot take checked luggage to the lounge. Also the lounge isn't open overnight.


    The lounge I'm talking about is open 24 hrs


  • 75 minutes?
    Jun 15, 2016
    Hi! I'm flying from Berlin to JFK this saturday with AA, landing in NY at 4.56pm and have a connecting flight to Miami at 5.00 pm, also with AA. Both are in terminal 8. Is there any way that I can come through any faster? Like if I talk to the staff on my first plane? I'm underage and flying by myself for the first time. Thank you for your help.


  • India-JFK, then JFK-Pittsburgh in 8 hrs - coming out during layover?
    Jun 16, 2016
    Hi, My nephew is flying from Mumbai, India into jfk terminal 2 on air India and has 8 hour layover before his connecting delta flight to Pittsburgh from terminal 4. Booking is done together but he has received 2 different pnr for air India and delta. I was wondering if he will have to stay within the airport or he can come out to meet me? Can he not cross over the immigration / security?


    He will not arrive in Terminal 2. Air India flights arrive in Terminal 4. Upon arrival in JFK he will go through US Immigration, claim his bags and go through customs. At this point he will be in the US and outside security so you could meet him then. Before his flight to pittsburgh he will have to re-check his bags with Delta and go through security in T4.


    Thanks a lot.


  • 12 hours layover with children
    Jun 13, 2016
    We have a 12 hours layover before our international flight to home country and we have two young kids, how we best spend this long hours? Could we book a hotel? But then are we allowed to go outside the terminal as we will be coming from Seattle and I'm not sure whether US departure stamp will be stamped there so we will not be allowed to New York!! Also our layover is from 6 am to 6 pm, how hotel booking will be, one or two nights?


    The US does not do departure stamps. The airline just reports to immigration that you left when you board your flight out of the country. So yes, you could leave the airport at JFK. It's unlikely any hotel would allow a 6 or 7 AM check-in but you could call some to find out.


  • 7 hr 27 min Layover
    Jun 13, 2016
    Hello. My wife and I have a 7 hr and 27 min layover at JFK this Wednesday. We arrive at JFK at 1:44 pm, and depart for Iceland on our connecting flight at 9:11 pm. Does this give us enough time to take the train into Manhattan?


    It takes over an hour each way and you have to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Iceland, so that eats up 4-5 hours right there - so you'd have 3 hours to sightsee. It's up to you to determine if you think that's worth it.


  • 10 hrs lay over at JFK for International Students travellingto Lousian
    Jun 11, 2016
    Dear friends, I would be reaching the JFK Airport on 19th Aug at 20:45 from India on Student Visa & my connecting flight is at 06:41 to MSY, Louisiana. I need to ask that where can I spend my 10 hrs of stay. As I would be alone so my parents are concerned.Can you please guide....


    You can stay in the lobby of Terminal 4. US Airports are very safe and that terminal is open 24 hours.


  • 20 hours layout in NY
    Jun 9, 2016
    Hi, I will arrive from LA at 1:40am and my connection flight is at 10pm. Is it ok to leave airport spent rest of the night in a hotel, walk around some turistic places and return to get my flight at night? Will I have to claim my luggage when I arrive in NYC from LA or can it goes direct to my final destiny? Thanks!!


    Yes, there is fine. Due to the long connection you will have to claim your bags in New York.


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