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  • Is Layover Time Adquate?
    Mar 18, 2017
    I will be arriving at 4:00 pm from Barcelona on October 19 on American, with a proposed flight to LAX at 6:27 pm on the same day (about 2 1/2 hour layover). Is this adquate to clear customers, recheck bags, clear security, etc? I don't run that fast.. I am 65 years old.


    That should be plenty of time.


  • Travelleing from SXM to YYZ with PHL layover
    Mar 8, 2017
    HI THere, I'm travelling from St. Martin to toronto with a connection in Philadelphia. I've got 1h and 10 minutes between connections to Toronto. I'm travelling on American Airlines and will have baggage. i've got global entry/nexus, but am wondering if this is enough time to make it onto the flight to toronto. Do american airlines connect in the same terminals


    That's not a realistic amount of time to make your connection if you have checked bags. Without checked bags it's only barely possible and then only because you have Global Entry. American uses all but one of the terminals in Philadelphia.


  • 39 Minutes
    Mar 8, 2017
    Flight was changed to give me a 39 minute layover to my Cancun flight. Looks like I'll be coming in at terminal F from PWM and flying out at A. Is this doable? Should we take the shuttle or walk? We're fast walkers. How long does the shuttle take to get from F to A?


    It's not very realistic. If you were to make it, it would probably be by running.


    Would the shuttle bus be faster than trying to run from F to A ? Do we have to go through security again if we choose not to take the shuttle?


    You can do either inside security. If you can run, the shuttle bus is probably NOT faster.


  • 35 minutes
    Feb 28, 2017
    They changed our flights and only giving us 35 minute layover to catch our flight to Jamacia. Is that enough time?


    If the first flight is domestic that is possible but leaves absolutely no time to spare. I'd reject the schedule change.


  • Terminal F to Terminal C
    Jan 6, 2017
    I have twenty minutes until my next flight boards from when my previous flight lands in terminal F. What is the best way to get to terminal C as quickly as possible?


    Running is probably the fastest way.


  • Connecting through PA
    Oct 25, 2016
    Arriving at PA (terminal A) at 13:50. My connection to Syracuse is at 16:25 will I have enough time? Scheduled to depart from terminal F. GB passport.


    Where are you flying into PHL from? Even if it's international that should be enough time.


  • Is 2 hours is enough time for custom and connecting
    Oct 19, 2016
    I'm flying from Paris to PHL on American Airlines, connection to an Alaska airline flight to Seattle. Is two hours enough to go through custom?


    If both flights are on the same reservation that is just enough time.


    Sep 22, 2016
    Having alayover in PHL with 2:30 hours layover in PHL, needs to get from terminal a to terminal c but have to go through custum and imigration (non american line in immigration). Should it be enoigh time?


    If both flights are on the same reservation, yes, that should be enough time.


  • 2:30 lay over in PHY
    Sep 22, 2016
    Hi , I wil haev 2:30 hours laypover in PHL once arriving from ATH with AA. Is it enough time for imigration(Im non american) and custom including takingbagaes and getting to the relevant terminal?


    If both flights are on the same reservation, yes, that should be enough time.


  • 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.


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