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  • 12 Hour Layover in PHL
    Jun 30, 2015
    Going from ORD to PHL and then have a 12 hour layover until our international flight. Can we claim our luggage, leave the airport and then re-check our luggage?


    Yes, you should be able to. If that 12 hours is overnight you will likely be required to.


  • Trip to Mexico
    Jun 14, 2015
    I am flying from PHL to Mexico with a layover in Houston first. When leaving PHL do I need to go to the international terminal or just the normal United terminal because my first leg of trip is just to Houston? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


    United only has one check-in counter, in Terminal D. Go there.


  • Customs
    Jun 12, 2015
    Flying from Winnipeg to Montreal to Philly tomorrow. Does everyone clear customs in Montreal? I saw an answer to one ques that said you clear in Montreal. Others coming from other countries are going through customs in Philly & having to re-check bags. So does it depend on where you're coming from as to where you go through customs? Thanks for any advice!


    You will clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal when you enter the US Flights area of the terminal. This is called US Immigration Preclearance and all the major Canadian airports have it as well as a few in the Caribbean, two in Ireland, and Abu Dhabi. It means you arrive in the US like a domestic flight.


  • Immigrating to USA - does my mom have to stand in normal customs line?
    Jun 7, 2015
    I have heard at other airports that if you are immigrating to USA (have sealed envelope) that you are to tell someone and then you don't stand in long line but get sent somewhere else for fingerprinting etc. Is this true at PHL? Asking because my 74 year mom's layover is only 2 hours and that doesn't seem like enough time for her to stand in any long lines.


    There are different lines for US citizens, People who do not need a visa to enter the US, and those entering on a Visa. 2 hours should be enough time.


  • terminal F
    Jun 1, 2015
    I called the phl airport they told me I could go out departure door of F and be picked up there as long as I have no baggage and when departing on flight I coud be drop off at F and enter right at F and go thru security Is this correct


    I believe that is correct. The entrance and security checkpoint for F are under construction but I believe they are open. F currently has no baggage claim so if you do have to claim bags, that will be in E.


    May 14, 2015
    I am connecting in PHL on a US Airways flight from Montreal to Barcelona? What is the process and how much time do I need for the connection? Do I have to go through passport control on arrival in PHL? Do I have to pick up and recheck my bag in PHL? Will I have to go through TSA security again?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Montreal. All you have to do in PHL is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will depart from Terminal A. You will likely arrive in Terminal F. Terminal F is connected to the other terminals inside security by a shuttle bus.


  • ORD==> PHL ==> TLV
    May 5, 2015
    I'm traveling from ORD to PHL and then to TLV, all through US airways. I get in to PHL at 7:50pm and my flight to TLV leaves at 9:05PM. Will I have enough time to make my connection? Also, does the shuttle take me to my connection flight? Thanks!


    You don't need to take a shuttle. You can just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will have plenty of time if your flight from Chicago is on-time.


  • domestic to international flight connectionat at PHL
    May 4, 2015
    I'm a first time flyer and I didn't think that this would be an issue when I bought my plane ticket, but I'm beginning to worry.. I'm flying from Burlington VT to Cancun, Mexico with a 1.5 hr layover/plane change in Philadelphia. I don't expect the first part of the flight to be an issue and I have someone meeting me in Mexico, but I'm worried about timing with the plane change. I've never flown before and I'm clueless really about the process. Will I have enough time to make the change? I will only have a carry on so I suppose that will be in my favor but I'm starting to really worry about this. The flight from burlington arrives at 10:30am and the flight for cancun departs at 11:55am.


    You have plenty of time. you will likely arrive in Terminal F and depart from Terminal A. You have to take a shuttle bus from Terminal F to your departure terminal, bu it runs inside security.


  • First time flying, HELP!
    May 3, 2015
    I am flying from Burlington Vermont to Cancun Mexico and have a plane change at philadelphia airport and a 1.5 hour layover. I have never flown before and so obviously have never experienced this aiport. Worried about having enough time to find the plane! What do I do?


  • Clearing customs and making connecting flight
    Apr 28, 2015
    I will be trying from Punta Cana to IND through PHL. I have a 1hr 10min layover and will have checked bags. Is this enough time?


    That's 20 minutes shorter than the recommended International to Domestic connection time. Things will have to go exceptionally smoothly in order for you to make it. If you can rebook either a later flight to Indy, earlier flight from Punta Cana, or a connection through Charlotte instead of PHL, I would try to get that instead.


  • will we make our connection?
    Apr 19, 2015
    We will arrive at PHL 745am and have 2 hours and 20 min to go through immigration (we are not citizens) with a one year old before we fly to CLT at 1205pm. is this enough time?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • 1 hr 22 m layover?
    Apr 13, 2015
    I would fly from Buffalo to Philadelphia to LA on a Friday morning. Is an hour and 22 minute layover in Philadelphia long enough?


    Yes, that is plenty of time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you arrive in Terminal F it is connected to the other terminals by a shuttle bus inside security.


  • Extra Security for Tel Aviv bound flights
    Apr 2, 2015
    I have 2:17 hours before flight to Tel Aviv on US Airway on 5/30. Is there additional time needed for security on Israel bound flights and is that enough time. Arriving from Chicago at Terminal B.


    That should be plenty of time. Other than the security you just have a very short walk to your departure gate.


  • Customs Time
    Mar 30, 2015
    I will be flying US Airways into PHIL from Jamaica. I have a 1hr and 20 min layover in PHIL before my next plane departs. Will I need to go to get my bags from baggage claim, re-check them, go through customs and make my next flight? If so, why do I need to get my bags, shouldnt they make the connection on their own? Also, will I have enough time to make it through everything in 1hr and 20mins?


    Yes, you will arrive in Terminal A, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. You have to claim your bags so that they are with you when you go through US Customs so you are there if there are any items that require paying duty or are illegal. 1 hr 20 minutes is 10 minutes below the minimum recommended international to domestic connection time at PHL.


    Do you what time I should be at my departing gate prior to my departure time of 5:45?


    As soon as you can. They will probably start boarding at around 5:15, maybe before if it's a big plane, maybe a little later if it's a small plane.


  • PHL to Punta Cana
    Mar 8, 2015
    I am Arriving in PHL from CMH on a US Airways flight with a 55 minute layover. I will then be switching airlines to American Airlines for my flight to Punta Cana, Will this be enough time? Also, will I have to go through security again?


    Both flights will be on US airways. You do not have to go through security. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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