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Hello, I'm flying from Toronto to ORD with a 1 hour and 6 minute layover, then from ORD to SFO with a 1 hour and 15 minute layover to HND (Japan). Just wondering if these two connections give me enough time to make my flights, and whether or not I will need to re-claim my baggage at all? This is all done through United Airlines.

Thanks in advance!
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. You don't have to do anything with your bags in Chicago or Toronto and all you have to do in both connections is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time for both of them.
I am flying from Orlando to San Francisco to Singapore with United. There will be a terminal change for the San Francisco - Singapore flight. Will I have to go through security again for San Francisco-Singapore flight?
No, there is a walkway inside security between Terminal 3 where you arrive and concourse G of the International terminal where you depart. You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Thank you. Would 1 hr 39 mins be enough time for my checked in luggage to transfer to Singapore flight?
Yes, that should be plenty of time.
Hello, flying UAL from Chicago O'hare arriving at SFO at 8:37am and transferring to a Hawaiin Airlines flight on to Maui leaving at 9:55am. All airfare is purchased via a single UAL ticket. Seems like Hawaiin departs from the International terminal boarding area A. Will there be enough time to transfer in 1 hour 18 minutes time?
That's just enough time if your United flight is on-time. You will have to go through security again to get to Concourse A.
My daughter will be arriving tomorrow for a summer camp; its first time she flies on her. She will be flying southwest. She will arrive at Terminal 1 & needs to pick up her luggage & get to Terminal 2. What is the easiest way for her to do this?
The easiest way is probably to walk.
My daughter is arriving on Southwest and I am arriving on Virgin America. It doesn't look like she can come to the arrival gate to meet me. Do you have a suggestion where we should meet? She might only have to wait 20 minutes if both flights are on time. Thanks!
I suggest the Terminal 2 baggage claim or the AirTrain station in Terminal 2.
Thanks! Since we'll only have carry ons and are planning to take BART, I think we'll plan on meeting at the Air Train station in Terminal 2. Are there benches where she can wait for me?
Hi ZAP, I am permanent resident in Canada. I hold Thai passport and has a valid US VISA (class B1/B2). United Airlines offers a flight from YEG to NRT; that is YEG -> YYC 1h 5m layover -> SFO 1h 20m layover -> NRT). I believe there is US preclearance in YEG, and also my baggage should be transferred all the way to NRT as all flights are booked in a single transaction through 3rd party. However, I am kind of worry about 1h 20m connecting time at SFO. Do I have to go through any additional immigration/custom/baggage or anything else? Does 1h 20m make sense to you at all? I read through your answers, but want to make it clear about my situation. Appreciated any suggestion you can give me.
Following statement on flysfo.com is what troubling me. "Please note connecting passengers exit into the airport's public area and are required to clear security prior to boarding their next flight." Thank you.
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is a walkway from Terminal 3 where you arrive to the International Terminal where you depart that runs inside security. That thing on the website refers to travelers who clear Immigration and Customs in SFO.
Thank you. Your answer is very helpful :)
Hi, Im holding a Philippine passport, travelling from Singapore to SFO on July 19 (9:15 arrival) via United Airlines. On the same day (12:20 ), I have a coonecting flight from SFO to Houston via the same airline. Then from Houston to New Orleans..
1) I just want to know the procedures I need to take in SFO airport given my 3 hrs. waiting time before my flight to Houston. I understand I need to go thru immigration check, but how about my luggage transfer? Do I need to check-in to UA counter or just in transit lounge?

2) While in Houston Airport, I only have 1 hr waiting time before my flight to New Orleans. Is that enough knowing I still need to go thru passport control and immigration and customs check? Do I need to check on my luggage as well?

3) On July 24, I will fly back to Singapore from SFO. From Houston to SFO, then I only got 1 hr waiting time before my flight to Singapore. Would that be enough?
In SFO you will arrive, 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 in Terminal 3. In Houston all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Again on your return all you have to do in both Houston and SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time for all your connections.

Going back home, I will be arriving Terminal 3 at 20:41 from Honolulu with UA724 and leaving Terminal I at 21:55 to Munich with LH459 with one end-to-end ticket and checked luggages. Is this feasible with just 74 minutes connecting time? Will my checked luggages be transferred automatically or do I need to handle them myself? Will I have to leave the secured aread and therefore go through security screening?
Your bags will be transferred automatically. There is a walkway between T3 and the concourse of the international terminal where your flight will depart that runs inside security. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.
I will depart from Terminal 3; however, I want to go to the Boudain store in Terminal 2 before my flight. Can I go through security in Terminal 2 if my flight doesn't leave from that terminal
They are not obligated to allow that since T2 and T3 are not connected inside security.
Looking to book a flight:
Canada-USA-Asia, is the 1hr and 26min layover in SFO possible, especially with check-in baggage and 2 different airline carriers?

8:00 am – 10:39 am
Toronto (YYZ) – San Francisco (SFO)
Air Canada 737 · Airbus A320
Often delayed by 30+ min

Layover in San Francisco SFO 1h 26m

12:05 pm – 6:25 pm+1
San Francisco (SFO) – Taipei (TPE)
United 871 · Boeing 787
Often delayed by 30+ min
sorry comment came out wonky, rehash:

8am - 10:39am, Toronto to San Fran with Air Canada. Layover in San Fran for 1hr and 26mins. 12:05pm - 6:25pm San Fran to Taipei, Taiwan with United.
also seems as if the 'Air Canada' portion of the flight is actually all bookable on 1 ticket through United but just operated by Air Canada... does this mean all my check-in luggage will go directly to my destination then? Sorry for all the confusion.
Yes, if everything is on the same reservation then you won't have to do anything with your bags in San Francisco. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto and all you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.