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  • Meeting international travelers during a connecting flight
    Oct 4, 2015
    Hi! I have two friends coming from Spain into PHL then connecting to Las Vegas. They have 5 hours between flights. Will it be possible for me to meet them and hang out at airport or will they have to stay at the security and gate area? Thank you!


    Once they clear Customs they will be outside security, so you can meet them then.


  • Cancu, Philadelphia,Dublin
    Oct 2, 2015
    Will be flying into Philadelphia later this month from Cancun and then on to Dublin, will my bags need to be claimed and rechecked, must immigration and security be gone through.If so is 2.30 hours enough.


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


  • TSA hours at PHL
    Sep 14, 2015
    I can't find anywhere w/ *accurate* hours for TSA checkpoints at PHL. I see several sites, all of which say wait times at 8:30p and later at Terminal B are Green / Short / Good. In fact, the people here tell me that Terminal B TSA is closed every night at 8:00p. Of course, I've been here at this time when Terminal C was closed, and only B was open. Does anyone know how to check, before arriving at PHL, which TSA checkpoints are actually open? Thanks.


    Does it matter that much? A, B and C are all connected inside and outside security. That's why they can open and close checkpoints as needed.


    Well, yes, it matters to me, or I would not have come here to ask. Yes, of course I can walk to the other terminal, that's what I've been doing, and that's what I'm trying avoid. 1. I'd like to park in the correct garage. 2. When I'm running late, I don't want to go to the wrong terminal. Sorta like checking traffic: you can't make the best decision if you don't have the relevant data. Thanks for any further helpful guidance.


  • Immigration with connecting flight
    Aug 30, 2015
    Hi, we're travelling back from Toronto next week to Glasgow via Philadelphia. Do we need to pick our luggage up in Philly & go through Immigration again when we connect flights to Glasgow or is this all done leaving Toronto?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Philadelphia. If you are on the flight to PHL that arrives at around 5 PM you will arrive in Terminal F and will take a shuttle bus, which runs inside security, to Terminal A where you will depart.


  • Shuttles
    Sep 13, 2015
    Is there a shuttle from the Philadelphia 30th St. train station to PHL?


    There's no shuttle, but there is a full-on subway/rail line, the SEPTA Airport Line. It only makes two stops between 30th St and the Airport.


    Here's the schedule -- for all Philly Rail lines, and the Airport line is the first one on the list:


  • Connecting Time
    Aug 21, 2015
    I will be arriving at Philadelphia International Airport from Amsterdam on U.S. Airways at 4:00 P.M. on Sept. 22nd. Will I have enough time to make my U.S. Airways flight to Boston at 7:15 P.M.?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.


  • Traveling from heathrow to Kansas City airport
    Aug 11, 2015
    I am traveling from India to Kansas city airport, by heathrow AA to PHL airport and then further to Kansas City. I am arriving at terminal A at PHL and taking flight to Kansas city from terminal C. How am I coming from terminal A to C? Since I come from India, do I have to recheck baggage in PHL and custom clearation and recheck again?


    Yes, in Philadelphia you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and go to your departure gate. Check the monitors for your actual departure gate (it may not be in C). Terminals A, B, and C are all connected inside and outside security by walkways.


  • Layover Time Enough?
    Aug 10, 2015
    Flying from Heathrow to Philadelphia with BA landing 16.40. Connection is 1.5 hours. Philadelphia to Orlando flight with American Airlines leaves at 18.10. Both flights say arriving and department Terminal A. Will I have enough time for layover as I am flying from UK? Do I need to go through security or stay inside the gate? Please help, very nervous and worried traveller!


    You will arrive in Terminal A, go through US Customs, 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, which may be in Terminal A, B, or C. A, B, and C are all connected inside and outside security. You have enough time if your BA flight is on-time.


  • 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.


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