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  • Layover in JFK
    Apr 5, 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?


    There's nobody who monitors who comes and goes from the airport. When you exit US immigration you will be in the non-sterile area, so you can go where you want. However, you will need a C-1 transit visa http://www.immihelp.com/visas/transitvisa/c1visa.html


  • connect from T8 to T5 in 1:15
    Apr 3, 2013
    Can I make it? What gate does Aer Lingus 105 depart from?


    It'll be pretty hard. You'll need to take the airtrain to T5 then go through security.


  • Toronto to San Juan
    Apr 3, 2013
    I am considering a flight from Toronto to San Juan in December that connects through JFK. The layover is only 45 minutes but we can go through US customs in Pearson airport in Toronto so we can avoid that at JFK however the flight from Toronto arrives in terminal 2 and the flight to San Juan departs from terminal 4. Is the 45 minutes enough considering we don't have to clear customs? Both flights are with the same carrier so the bags should go all the way through.


    Not advisable. Winter flight delays & Holiday rush at the security check means 45 min transfer is taking a big chance: On arrival a JFK, look for sign to the 'Air Terminals Train' connecting all terminals - however only in the unsecured areas. You will need to go through security check at at T4, before proceeding to your gate.


  • 55 Minute for transfer intern. transfer?
    Apr 1, 2013
    Is 55 min. enough time to arrive at Terminal 4 on an a flight from Europe, pass security as a non-US citizen, collect bags, and drop off bags/board a flight to CA?


    I would suggest at LEAST 90 minutes for any connection requiring going through US immigration, so no.


  • carnet endorsement
    Mar 31, 2013
    does anyone know where to endorse my carnet at kennedy airport terminal 4 departure hall before check in


    Here's some instructions - http://www.uscib.org/index.asp?documentID=1679


  • sequestration cut backs
    Mar 27, 2013
    A friend of mine is a flight attendant for AA. She came back from Heathrow last week and said the immigrations lines were horrendous (she and her crew were getting screamed at because the agents streamlined them through for them to make the next flight they were working on). The agent told her that the lines were 3-4 hours wait at some times, due to cutbacks. What have you heard about this? We are coming back from Barcelona next month on AA and only have a 2 hour layover.


    What airport?




    While slow-downs at the immigration/customs clearance process in the U.S. have also been impacted by the cut-downs, so far the added time is at most one hour in some of the large U.S. Airports. You arrive at JFK via AA at Terminal 8; After passport clearance, picking up bags & re-checking them in, if AA is also your connecting airline you simply walk to your connecting gate. T8 has Concourses B (gates 1-16 & C (gates 31-17). If needing to get to another terminal for a different airline, take the 'Airline Terminals Train' - however, on arrival at departing terminal you need to go through security check prior to proceeding to your connecting gate.


  • American Airlines Connection
    Mar 26, 2013
    Just got notice that there was a schedule change. We are arriving JFK from Milan on AA and have 1:40 to make the connection to Tampa flight. Having never been to JFK/AA terminal before--provided all on time-- is it going to be close?We do have to go through security again?


    Yes, you will have to go through security again after US immigration, but at least everything is in the same new modern terminal. You should have enough time.


    You will arrive at JFK at Terminal 8, where you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag where indicated. Then go back to the Departures level, go through security check and proceed to your connecting gate. (T8 has Concourses B with gates 1-16 and near gate 14 is access to Concourse C with gates 32-17. It's doable, but there is no time to waste!


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    Mar 24, 2013
    Delicious Jalepeno burger


  • Int. - Dom. connecton in T8
    Mar 23, 2013
    I'm possibly flying from Helsinki to JFK, and then need to make it to my connecting flight to San Diego. Arrival: 15:50, Departure: 17:25, so a transit time of 95 minutes. From what I've researched, the AA flight to San Diego should depart from T8 too, so no need to change terminals. I have never arrived in JFK, so not sure how long the immigration time will be (non-US resident). I know the 95min connection will be tight, but will it be doable? I've heard something about a priority system for connecting flights at JFK, is this something that exists? Also, is there a minimum time before the connecting flight leaves for rechecking the bags?


    Since everything is in the same terminal that is a makeable connection, but yes, it is a bit tight. Unfortunately that's also the last flight of the day from JFK to SAN so if you miss your connection you'll be spending the night in New York. You should be fine with your time making it to intl recheck if your first flight is on time.


  • SAA conection to Virgin America
    Mar 19, 2013
    We arrrive 06:40 with South African Airways from Johannesburg in April and connect 09:40 with Virgin America to Las Vegas. What is the procedure with baggage collection and rechecking and will there be enough time for the connection. Where is the re-check in baggage counter?


    It looks like we arrive in Terminal 4 and depart from Terminal 4 not sure?


    Yes, so all you will have to do is take your bags upstairs after clearing immigration and check in/check your bags with Virgin America, then go back through security. I don't believe that South African and Virgin America have an interline baggage agreement so I think you'll have to re-check the bags yourself on the ticketing level. Everything is in the same terminal. Regardless, you should have plenty of time to do that.


  • terminal 8 - connetcting flight
    Mar 14, 2013
    International flight with two infants. We have 40minutes between the flights and arriving to and from termial 8. on the map of the terminal it appears as though there're two concourses....but are they two separate buildings. We obviously dont know what gates swe are arriving to/departing from, but assuming they are in different concourses is 40min going to be enough? Thanks in advance


    40 minutes is tight but OK on a domestic to international connection. I would want more time though. It's not sufficient on an international->domestic connection at JFK.


  • International to Domestic Transfer
    Mar 13, 2013
    HI I am flying from Spain on Iberia (Terminal 7) landing at 2:35pm and am trying to book an American Airlines flight leaving from terminal 8 at 5:10pm. Will this be enough time to collect baggage, go through customs, transfer, re-check and get to my flight on time?


    Yes, it should be. Over 2 hours is enough for almost anything.


    Mar 13, 2013
    i am travelling from toronto to new delhi via jfk. My air canada flight lands at terminal 7 of jfk and i have to take my new delhi air india flight from terminal 4. i am permanent resident of canada and having permanent resident card with me. My passport is of indai. Does i need a transit visa for transferring from terminal 7 to terminal 4 of jfk.


    At Toronto Airport, go through U.S. customs clearance. On arrival at JFK you simply look for signs for the Airline Terminals Train and board it to get to your connecting Terminal 4. (On your return to JFK you will need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance and re-check-in your bag, before proceeding to your connecting terminal. Do make sure that your first airline will transfer bags to your second airline (if using different airlines).


  • International transfer within Terminal 3
    Mar 18, 2013
    Hi, I'm landing on an international Delta flight in Terminal 3 JFK at 6:40am and leaving on a domestic Delta flight from Terminal 3 at 8:10am. Delta insists 1.5 hours is enough (especially in the same terminal) but I'm worried; have to get off from the back of our international plane with a baby, clear passport control, pick up our bags and clear customs, drop off the bags and go to our next flight. Is 1.5 hours really enough for all that if we don't need to transfer terminals? Thanks!


    Forgot to mention, we are US citizens so that should help...?


    That will probably be enough time. There aren't that many international arrivals that early in the morning so Immigration won't be that busy.


    We arrive from Athens in terminal 3 at jfk at 4:30 pm. Our domestic flight from terminal three to Columbus Ohio leaves at 6:20 pm. Is that really pushing it to make the connection including customs, etc?


  • Delta flights operated by Pinnacle Air
    Mar 3, 2013
    I will be on a Delta flight, operated by Pinnacle Air from JFK to Philadelphia. Do I catch this flight from Delta terminal 3?


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