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    Jul 17, 2013
    hello, my sister will be travelling from Madrid to Toronto in September via AA - on one ticket and one transfer at JFK. Both flights are with AA. The travel agent told her she does not have to worry about the luggage upon arrivel to JFK. That her luggage is checked in all the way to Toronto airport. Upon reading some of the postings, I am not sure on this. Could you please let me know if her luggage will be indeed checked from Madrid to Toronto or if she will have to claim it upon arrival at JFK and then re-check with AA? she will have about 2 hrs. in between flights. Is this enough?


    The travel agent is incorrect. Any time you enter the US you have to claim your baggage in immigration, clear customs, and then re-check it. She should have enough time.


    Thank you. What about on her return from toronto to madrid. Ticket is also with AA but the operating carriers are american eagle arriving at terminal 8 at jfk and then iberia from jfk to mad from terminal 7. Will she clearing customs in toronto? Does she have to claim the luggage again upon arrival at jfk, clear customs again, and then transfer to term. 7 and go thorugh security? Or would the luggage be checked in all the way from toronto to madrid? She will have about 110 mins. For the transfer.... Thank you!


    She will clear US customs in Toronto. All she will have to do in JFK is take the Airtrain from T8 to T7, her baggage will be transfered automatically.


  • meeting place for passengers on route and non passengers?
    Jul 11, 2013
    I would like to meet my son during his 4 hour transit time at JFK on route to Europe from California. I am not a passenger. Is this possible?


    Yes, he will have to exit security after clearing customs. You can meet him there.


  • flight connection jfk-boston t8 terminal
    Jul 11, 2013
    I arrived 06:50 h in JFK for American Airlines from Brazil with connection to Boston at 08:50 in Terminal 8. Can I retrieve my Luggage?


    Yes, you will have to retrieve your luggage after immigration and re-check it with American after clearing customs.


  • Flight connection within T-8
    Jul 11, 2013
    My son will arrive on AirBerlin 7248 at 3:40 pm on 12 July and needs to continue to Chicago on AA at 5:05 pm, so there is only 85 min time. Will that be enough since both flights are in terminal 8? Does he need to collect his luggage to pass through customs even it is checked through? Thanks!


    It will probably be enough time but he'll have to hurry. Yes, he will have to collect is baggage to pass through customs, then re-check it with American after exiting.


    Thank you for your quick response. Who could assist him to make it on time, would there be airport personnel to meet him and walk him through to the next flight?


    No, if your son is old enough to not be an unaccompanied minor and is not disabled he shouldn't have any trouble.


  • Flights'connections
    Jul 11, 2013
    I'm flying Heathrow-JFK-San Francisco next week. I arrive in JFK at 4:00pm and fly out at 5:30pm, both flights are with Delta in Terminal 4. Will I have enough time to make my connection, and do I need to collect my luggage and re-check it on?


    You should be able to make transfer easily within that time. However, do make sure on arrival (check overhead screens) that your connecting flight is indeed at T4 and not in T2, as most of Delta's domestic flights depart from T2 (requiring a shuttle and adding another 15 mins to your transfer time) T4 has on its Concourse level, Concourse A, gates A2-A7, and Concourse B, gates B20-B38


    Thanks, I checked earlier and SFO flights leave from T4.


  • Flight connection from T4 to T2 on Delta flights
    Jul 9, 2013
    I'm arriving at JFK at 6:00 am probably on T4 on an international flight. Have to connect to Delta connection flight on T2. Layover time is 3.5 hours. Do I have the time to go thrue inmigration lines, custum and recheck loggage ? how do I go to T2 from T4 ? by bus or Airtrans/air ?


    Yes, you have enough time. You can either go back through security in T4 and take the Delta bus to T2 or take the AirTrain to T2 and go through security there.


  • Luggage
    Jul 8, 2013
    My son is flying Air France from Norfolk to JFK, with a layover, then to Paris De Gaulle. Will he need to retrieve and re-check his luggage in JFK?


    His Norfolk to JFK ticket will be operated by Delta Connection. If both of his tickets were bought on the same reservation then Delta will transfer his bags for him. He will however, have to take the AirTrain/Air Terminals Train from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 (assuming his JFK-Paris flight is actually operated by Air France), if that flight is also a Delta code-share then he should take the Delta shuttle bus from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4.


  • Delta flights terminals 2 and 4
    Jul 7, 2013
    We have a 55 minute connection between 2 Delta flights, arriving at Terminal 2 then departing from Terminal 4. I have heard the Delta shuttle bus line is sometimes long enough to fill 3 buses. Is there realistically a chance of making the connecting flight and are buses busier at certain times of day?


    The buses are probably busiest in the early afternoon, before the transatlantic flights leave in late afternoon. It's possible to make the connection, but as you say, it might be tough, especially with how delay-prone JFK is.


  • connecting in JFK to Italy
    Jul 3, 2013
    My daughter is flying from Ohare to JFK and catching a connecting flight to Milan on July 11. Both flights on Delta. Her layover is only an hour. Is that enough time?


    It's doable, but tough. JFK frequently has delays and she will have to take the Delta shuttle bus from Terminal 2 to Terminal 4.


  • terminal 4 to 8
    Jul 3, 2013
    Hello, My grandmother and mother are taking a Delta flight from atlanta to JFK terminal 8 that lands at 3.05 PM. They are then catching another flight with Airberlin from terminal 8 at 5.15 PM. Will they be able to make the connection? Do they have to pass through any customs? It is their return flight going home to sweden. It is two separate bookings so they have to take their own luggage. Thank you!


    You do not have to go through customs when leaving the country. However, you will reall yhave to hope that their flight is on-time - it could take half an hour to get from Terminal 4 to Terminal 8 on the AirTrain/Air Terminals Train.


  • Transfer from T4 to T2
    Jun 29, 2013
    My son will arrive at JFK terminal 4 from Copenhagen. He will continue to Columbus from terminal 2. Both flights are with Delta. Will his luggage be transferred from one flight to the next, or will he have to pick it up in T4 and carry it to T2 by himself?


    He can re-check it with Delta when he exits customs. They will then take it to his next flight. He can then go back through security in T4 and take Delta's shuttle bus to T2 or take the AirTrain/Air Terminals Train to T2 and go through security there.


    Thank you very much for answering. Will 1 h 40 min be enough for this?


    It will be tough, but is possible. Immigration could take an hour.


  • clearing customs
    Jun 30, 2013
    My daughter will arrive JFK from Tel Aviv (El Al) at 7:10 pm on a Tuesday. Will she have time to clear customs and make a 9:55 Jetblue flight to Tampa? Thanks


    That will probably be enough time, but it will be close. She will have to take the AirTrain/Air Terminals Train from T4 to T5.


    Thanks, she'll give it a try.


  • Moscow-JFK-Toronto connection
    Jun 28, 2013
    I will travel from Moscow to JFK with Transaero, which arrives in T4. I will then have to catch a flight to Toronto with Delta from T2. Do I need to go through passport control, customs, and pick up my luggage in JFK or will I just be able to transfer without going through all of that? If I have to go through customs/passport control/pick up my luggage, how much should I allow? Thanks


    Yes, you have to go through immigration, customs, and security. I would allow 2.5 hours.


    Jun 27, 2013
    I am going to be coming into JFK on LY8187 (operated by AA) to terminal 8 and have make it to terminal 4 for ElAl (LY8) flight in 2:30 hours - assuming no delays in flight. Will there be time? especially with 4 young kids. Do i need to get my bags and recheck, or go straight to terminal 4?


    Yes, you should have enough time. Your bags should be checked straight through to Tel Aviv assuming you bought everything on one ticket. You just have to take the Airtrain/Air Terminals Train from T8 to T4 and go back through security, which shouldn't take more than 45-60 minutes.


  • Connecting flights
    Jun 28, 2013
    Hi, I read some tips to make coincidences but now I'm not sure on relating procedure, I'm arriving in JFK (T8) with a AA flight and I'll departing from same terminal (AA flight), which is the right sequence/procedure to make connection ? Thanks!


    If you are an international arrival at JFK, you need to go through passport control, pick up your bag, go through customs clearance & re-check-in your bags where indicated. If you are a domestic arrival at JFK, proceed to your connecting gate. Terminal 8 has Concourse B with gates 1-16, and Concourse C with gates 31-47. Look at overhead screens for your connecting flight number and gate, then simply follow signs.


    Thanks for your feedback! It's an international arrival and connecting with a domestic departure. Just an information, after bags re-check-in, should I go through security again before to proceed at the gate ?


    Yes, you will have to go through security again to get back to the gates.


    Thanks, I suppose without bags because they will be released on carosello belt next to customs, do you confirm it ? Thanks again


    Yes, you will re-check your bags with American after you go through customs, then you'll go to the departures level and back through security.


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