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  • Customs check
    Sep 14, 2016
    Flying into u.s. From cur. Stop in clt and connect to Phl. Where will I have to go thru immigration and customs?


    Yes, in Charlotte you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Transit from UK through PHL to San Juan
    Sep 10, 2016
    Trying to prepare a teenager for her first solo trip! Will she need to get bags and go through customs & security and then back through again for her San Juan flight or can she stay sirside and bags go on automatically? Thanks


    Yes, in Philadelphia she will have to go through US Immigration, claim her bags,go through US Customs, re-check her bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to her departure gate. Flights from the US Mainland to Puerto Rico are considered domestic flights.


  • customs?
    Sep 6, 2016
    Flying into PHL from Charles DeGaulle on November 6. Arriving approx 1:45 in the afternoon. My connecting flight is at 4:00 to Tampa. How long should I expect to spend in customs? I've heard there is a new system in place....


    That should be enough time. Early November is one of the least busy times of the year.


  • ORD to PHL
    Aug 15, 2016
    We are flying out of Chicago with a layover in PHL to St Thomas. This flight only has a 43 minute layover. We are flying American, is this enough time? Are all American flights out of the same terminal?


    American uses Terminals A, B, and C in Philadelphia. They are all connected inside security by walkways. You have enough time if the flight from Chicago is on-time.


  • Connections, customs
    Aug 15, 2016
    Im travelling with AA from Montego Bay to Philadelphia and then take another flight to London and then from London to LCA (Cyprus). Do i need to go through US Immigration, claim my bags and recheck bags again or go straight to my departure gate in philadelphia?


    Yes, you will have to 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.


    Thanks for ur reply! Hope that one and a half hour will be ok for this process.


  • sufficient connection time?
    Aug 3, 2016
    Hi we are travelling from London Heathrow to san francisco via philadelphia, coming in to terminal A and leaving from terminal A with a 2hrs 15 min layover. Will that be anough time? We are flying BA on the both parts of the trip, operated by american airlines.


    That should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Time between flights
    Jul 14, 2016
    Hi I will arrive on Sunday to Phil airport coming from Madrid (AA flight 741) at 3.55 pm and need to connect to Miami (AA fllight 2057) departing 5.50 pm. I am travelling only with carry on. How much time will take me to clear migrations and customs. Do I have enough time between both flights?


    You should have just enough time if everything goes smoothly. Having just a carry-on helps.


    Thanks. But do you know if migrations on Sunday at that time is crowdy?


    Yes, Immigration during the mid afternoon during any day in the summer is crowded.


  • ticketing after baggage claim
    Jul 10, 2016
    My upcoming air travel was booked on two itineraries/locator numbers. Even though both airlines, (American, British Airways) are One World partners, American has told me that because my cruise line booked direct with British Airways instead as a One World partner, I can not check my bag all the way from Bangor to Lyon, or the reverse on coming home. They tell me I will have to claim my bag when I arrive in PHL, then go to BA ticketing to re-check the bag for the rest of the trip. I've often made connections at PHL and am familiar with the layout, but have never had to completely leave and come back through ticketing for BA & security again. Also on return, instead of the usual transfer process, I will again have to go through ticketing, this time for American, and security again. American has told me that my flight to PHL is expected to land at terminal B, but the return to BGR invariably is from F. Once I pick up my bag,n in either instance, what is the easiest/quickest way to get to the correct ticketing area? I really want to avoid having to use a smaller carry on size bag if at all possible.


    The quickest way to get between ticketing areas is just to walk outside security. It's not really that far.


  • Flying from Orlando to PHL to Ireland
    Jul 1, 2016
    Do we have to exit the terminal at PHL and go through Security again before getting on our flight to Ireland?


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then no, you don't.


  • Trust No One
    Jun 5, 2016
    Remember, you are in Philthy. Airport personnel, pretending to help, will run off with your bag and steal your money. Trust no one in this part of the Country. They even pelt Santa with snow balls at football games.


  • Miami flight late arrival
    May 29, 2016
    Any idea what's up with AA flight from Miami that was due to arrive 12:46???


  • arrival time / transfers / etc
    May 28, 2016
    We have a 945am flight to Domincan Republic via AA. Curious how much time to allow for if we arrive at long term parking and take shuttle. We are checking bags, but have already checked in online.


  • Flight from St Thomas to PHL then PHL to BWI
    Apr 26, 2016
    Will I need to recheck my bags if I have a connecting flight from St Thomas in PHL? First flight is AA, connecting flight is AAeagle.


    There is no US Immigration or Customs when arriving on flights from the US Virgin Islands. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Enough time
    Mar 9, 2016
    I will be arriving @ 06.56AM from LGA, departing 07:50AM to Aruba will I have enought time?


    Yes, that should be enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connection timing
    Feb 16, 2016
    Hi. I am planning a trip from St Maarten to London via PHL on a Friday. The flight gets in to PHL at 19:08 and departs for London at 20:45. The only seats from St Maarten are at the rear of the aircraft. Is the 1hr 37 enough to get off the aircraft, do immigration, pick up and drop off my luggage at the re-check desk and make it to the departure lounge in time? I understand that I do not have to go through customs with my luggage as it should - I think- be tagged all the way from SXM to LON. Both flights are on American Airlines. The CBP web site shows short immigration wait times in the evening. Is that site a reliable indicator of my likely experience at PHL? Thanks.


    You actually 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. With that late evening transfer you should have enough time.


    Thanks for that extremely quick reply. Does the airline have any obligation to put me on another flight if I miss the connection due to 1) a late arrival of my first flight or 2) the flight landing on time but I'm delayed due to slow baggage handling, immigration waits, long queues etc? In other words does the airline only sell the ticket if they think the connection time is 'reasonable'? A bit of a vague question, I know, but I'm trying to cover bases. Thanks


    Yes, if you miss your connection they will put you on the next flight. There is a 2200 British Airways flight they should be able to put you on.


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