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  • Customs
    Aug 23, 2016
    I Checked bags from Glasgow and have to go thru customs. Do you have to go back through security and check luggage? Will 2 1/2 layover hrs be enough for a family of four?


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Connected flights
    Aug 16, 2016
    Im going back home and one ticket is issued Jamaica-Philadelphia-London-Larnaca. AA confirmed that out luggage will go through and collect them in Larnaca while others told us that in Philadelphia need to go through customs, take bags and recheck bags and go through security. I'm confused what i should do...


    In Philadelphia you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate.


  • from Doha to Nashville
    Aug 16, 2016
    I am traveling from Doha to Nashville but I am connecting via PHL. I will arrive in PHL at 7:40am (Qatar Airway) and leave at 9:55am (American Airline). Do I have enough time and what do I need to do?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate.


    Forget to say, I booked two separate reservations. Is it still be enough? I am worry about that. Thank you!


    That makes it much more difficult, barely enough time. Show your AA confirmation to the Qatar Airways agent in your origin city and ask if they can check your bags through to Nashville, then you can use the re-check desk.


  • 8 hour stopover
    Jul 27, 2016
    I am stopping over for 8 hours , can I leave the airport and return . I am flying in from Tampa to Philly to Glasgow .?


    Yes, you can leave the airport if you want. you will just have to go through security when you return. Get back to the airport close to 2 hours before your flight.


  • Enquiry about Layover
    Jul 27, 2016
    Hi. I have booked a ticket via American AIrlines for travel from New Hampshire (Manchester) to Philadelphia, then Philadelphia to Toronto (Canada). However, it was changed from a 3hr layover at Philadelphia to a 40min layover. That got me worried. Do I have to go through border control/immigration & customs & have to collect & recheck my luggage at Philadelphia? Or will they just put my luggage from New Hampshire straight to Toronto?


    There is no US Immigration or customs when leaving the US.


  • layover less than 2 hrs; international
    Aug 4, 2016
    My son and I are arriving at Philadelphia at 13.55 on a Monday afternoon from Germany and our connecting flight to Detroit is at 15.40 (we originally bought a flight with a 4 hr layover but AA rescheduled us). We are both on British passports and will be checking baggage. I believe we'll have to go from terminal A-West to F. This seems a really tight time-frame to me (which is why I didn't buy it originally). If we don't make our connection, what happens?


    You will not depart from Terminal F - you will likely depart from B or C. This is possible if your flight from Germany is on-time.


    Thanks. The ticket does currently say terminal F (flight AA3953 on June 27th) but I realise that may change by the time I print out the boarding pass. Can you tell me what happens if we don't make it? Who do I report to?


    If you don't make it then you go to a customer service desk or kiosk.


  • 6 hour layover
    Jun 11, 2016
    Do we have time to catch a cab downtown? My leaving flight is international, but I should be checked through to Athens.


    It's faster an easier to take the SEPTA airport line. You don't have a whole lot of time to spare.


  • 3 flights. Will i have enough time to get through security etc
    Apr 12, 2016
    Hi. Im flying from dub to phil (flight one), arriving in phil terminal A at 13.50 and my nexrt flight is at 15.15. Do i have enough time to go through security customs etc to catch my next flight. I fear i will miss my flight to charlotte from phil terminal 0


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do in Philadelphia is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no Terminal 0. Your flight to Charlotte will depart from Terminal A, B, or C. They are all connected inside security. You have plenty of time.


    thank you. but the american airlines is telling me terminal 0. must be an error on their behalf,


    the 0 means they don't know because it could depart from A, B, or C.


  • Layover baggage check?
    Feb 12, 2016
    I will be flying from BWI to London and have a 11 hour layover in Philly. Is there a place to store carryon luggage so I can get out and see the city?


    Are you on two separate reservations? Is your connection overnight? If not then you shouldn't have to claim your bags in PHL. If that is the case then there is no baggage storage at PHL.


  • Wait Time
    Jan 5, 2016
    I have a 2 hour 25 minutes layover tomorrow enroute to Canada. Can my sister come and wait with me in the lounge until I depart? My originating flight is from Fort Lauderdale. Thanks


    No, if she does not have a boarding pass departing Philadelphia that day she cannot go through security.


    Thanks ZAP. I thought I would have been able to sit with her in the arrival lounge before I go through security to the departure lounge


    There's no such thing as an "arrival lounge" in US airports.


    Thanks for the info ZAP


  • Layover from Paris 1h55
    Nov 29, 2015
    Hello, I will be flying from Paris to Raleigh, NC on the 1st January and will have a layover in Philadelphia of 1h55. Is this enough time? I have never been to the States so have no idea how much time I should count for customs, security check etc.


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal A, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


  • orlando, florida to halifax connecting through PHL
    Dec 21, 2014
    Hello, i am canadian, and i am travelling on december 26th from orlando florida to halifax connecting in philadelphia with a 1 hour layover then flying to halifax from there. my first flight to PHL is with US airways and my second to halifax is with US airways express. I wanted to know if my layover time is enough and if i will go through security and wait in line in PHL risking me missing my second flight.


    All you have to do in Philadelphia is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Immigration and luggage
    Dec 19, 2014
    I have a flight from albany to doha with a layover in philly. 1) do i need to check out with my luggage during the latover? 2) how much time do i need to travel between the terminals, immigration, etc?


    If you purchased both tickets together you do not have to do anything with your baggage in Philadelphia. You do not go through US Immigration when leaving the US. All you have to do in Philadelphia is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you arrive in Terminal F, it is connected to the other terminals inside security by a shuttle bus. It is possible to make your connection in as little as 40 minutes comfortably.


  • 1 Hour 18 Mins layover
    Dec 16, 2014
    Hi, I am will be travelling to Doha from Detroit via Philadelphia by Qatar Airways, and I have 1 hr 18 mins to change the plane in Philadelphia from Terminal B to Terminal A. Do you think this is enough time as I read somewhere the close the gate 45 mins before the departure for international flights. and also what are the chances for baggage to be transferred from US airways to Qatar Airways within 1 hour. Thanks.


    They do not close the gate 45 minutes prior to departure. You should be fine as long as your first flight is on-time.


    thank you...and do you think the bags will get transferred from us airways to qatar airways withon that period of time. thanks again.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • Flight from Egypt to TOronto via Philadelphia requires USA visa?
    Nov 7, 2014
    Hi .. I'm looking to book a ticket from Cairo (Egypt) connecting via Philadelphia and I don't have USA visa. Do I have to get it ?


    Yes, if you are an Egyptian Citizen you need a US Transit Visa.


    Thanks for your concern. Does it take less time for such a one-day purpose as just a connection or it is the same ?


    The process for a transfer visa is generally simpler than a visitor visa.


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