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  • International help
    Feb 8, 2013
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    Hello. I am planing on flying my mom from Poland to New York to visit me this year. She does not speak English and she is terrified to be on her own at the airport, she is afraid she will not know where to go or she will not know what the guards want from her. She would need to be picked up from the plane and walked to the right gate, and somebody would need to make sure she filled out all the paper work. Is there any company that has contract with JFK that help passengers like that.

     

    Make sure that her round trip to JFK will be on non-stop, same-airline flights. All she needs to worry about then is how to get through Customs - and that is no problem. When completing the customs form on the plane on way to New York, she can ask for assistance from other travelers or the flight attendant. On arrival at JFK, she will follow all other passengers to get through passport check, collect her bags and go through customs clearance showing her completed questionnaire. You will be at the other side of the secured area to meet her. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    I fly my mother in law from hugary every year and she speaks no english. when booking her flt ask for wheel chair assistace and then they will take her where she needs to go!!

     

  • getting luggage from AA to Delta alone
    Jan 31, 2013
    1
    I am flying into JFK on AA and need to meet my other party at Delta for a stay in New York. I will have 3 large pieces of luggage with me and wanted to know if you can take the luggage carts with you on the Airline Terminal Train? Also is there a place at the AA terminal to store luggage for a few days?

     

    Carts are not allowed on the train at JFK. The baggage claim area has airline (or their handlers) offices - go there and inquire, or visit AA's website. Delta uses terminals 2, 3 & 4. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

  • Arrival by Qatar Airways
    Jan 16, 2013
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    Hi , I will be originating from Goa, India to Doha Qatar and then to JFK. Arrival at T8 and then proceeding to Toronto on Air Canada at T7. Do I clear customs at JFK and how to proceed with my bags to terminal 7.

     

    On arrival at JFK you need to go through passport check, pick up your bags, go through customs clearance and then re-check-in your bags where indicated. However, if your arriving airline at JFK does not transfer your bags to your Air Canada flight, you need to take your bag along and check it in with Air Canada at T7. The Airline terminal train's next stop after T8 is T7, where you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate.

     

  • Meeting point at T4 or T1
    Jan 9, 2013
    2
    I'll arrive at T4, my friend will arrive at T1. We need to meet after going trough security chekck and passport control somewhere at T4 or T1 inside the airport. How can we meet the easiest way? Where is a good meeting point (restaurant, coffe shop) at T4 or T1? How can I get T1 or my friend T4 after controlls? We aren't transit arrivals. Thank you!

     

    You both could meet up at Terminal 1 of JFK - either in front of the information counter on the Arrivals level, or at Panini Express, located on the Arrivals level. Ask your friend to hop on the Airplain train connecting all terminals outside of security, taking minutes between each terminal.

     

    The idea of wehan13 is good, you can try it.

     

  • Meeting point/international
    Nov 23, 2012
    1
    I am meeting someone who is arriving from Brazil with a show dog. Can you suggest a point for us to meet and will that be before or after she gets the dog?

     

    On arrival at JFK your friend will have to go through passport control, pick up bags and go through customs clearance. After she has retrieved her dog (who may be required to undergo quarantine inspection), she should pick up any one of the white telephones to have you paged. Best place for meeting up is in front of the information desk on the arrivals level. (JFK has no cell phone waiting lot).

     

  • traveling to jfk on marathon sunday
    Nov 2, 2012
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    I am driving up from Phila. for a 5:30pm flight. How hard will it be to get to the airport with the marathon going on? How much time should I allow to get there?

     

    Make sure you contact JFK suggested sites: 1. For JFK specific flight delay information, contact your carrier directly: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airlines.html 2. View recent Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/recentmessages.aspx 3. For real-time airport status information, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain JFK service delay information subscribe to John F. Kennedy International (JFK) Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/alertsignupjfk.aspx 4. Find out which sections of the Hwy you use may need detours and how to navigate them. All in all, it would be best if you could postpone your trip. The marathon just adds another headache to an area hard hit.

     

    Make sure you contact JFK suggested sites: 1. For JFK specific flight delay information, contact your carrier directly: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airlines.html 2. View recent Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/recentmessages.aspx 3. For real-time airport status information, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain JFK service delay information subscribe to John F. Kennedy International (JFK) Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/alertsignupjfk.aspx 4. Find out which sections of the Hwy you use may need detours and how to navigate them. All in all, it would be best if you could postpone your trip. The marathon just adds another headache to an area hard hit.

     

  • Meeting point at Terminal 1 JFK
    Oct 27, 2012
    1
    Hi all, I have to meet my daughter, arriving on Nov 3 (Saturday) at Terminal 1 JKF. Is there a meeting point to pick up her after she went through custom clearance? Thanks

     

    Best place to meet your daughter at JFK, Terminal 1, is in front of the Welcome C enter in the Arrivals level.

     

  • Doubth
    Oct 26, 2012
    1
    I come in the terminal 4 and want to meet a person in the terminal 1 to go away to the center, which point of visible meeting, you recommend

     

    Depending on the time you both have, you can either walk outside between T1 & T4 (all 7 terminals are arranged in a semi-circle) - or take the Airtrain which runs between terminals at their unsecured areas. Best place to meet: near the Information counter at the Arrivals/ baggage claim level.

     

  • to meet inside of arrival area?
    Oct 9, 2012
    1
    My mom and daughter are coming by international flight to JFK and I am arriving by domestic flight. Neither my mom onor my daughter speaks english and I am afraid can be lost. Where can I meet them and will I be allowed to come to the custom checking area at arrival?

     

    nternational arrivals will be directed to the Passport control area, then will need to pick up their bags and go through customs clearance - all this is clearly marked with international signs, and they will simply follow the flow of passengers, ALL international arrivals need to go through the same procedure. You can meet them in the post-security arrivals hall - best near the information counter.

     

  • Going though customs with no english
    Oct 5, 2012
    1
    My mother flies from Moscow russia to Orlando fl through jfk with delta. She only got 1 h. 25 mins for layover. Will she be able to make it and of course without knowing any english but with an info card. the ticket is non refundable so this is where the concern comes from ... she's very concerned that she will miss the flight or get lost! We need your help please!!!

     

    1. On arrival at JFK your mother needs to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and then re-check-in her bag where indicated. (International signs at JFK are posted throughout all terminals - she will just have to follow signs). Thereafter she will have to take the AirTrain to the domestic Terminal 2, which has gates 19-29. There she will have to go through security check before proceeding to her gate. Unless her Moscow flight is considerably late, she should be able to make it with time to spare.

     

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