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  • Can I get the connecting flight?
    Jan 2, 2015
    Hello ZAP, it would be great to get some help here! I am flying from Sacramento to Düsseldorf. First, I will arrive at 10:00 in SF and the next flight going from SF to Chicago departs at 10:45. Do I need to go through security again, or put differently: is it enough time? Thanks a lot!


    No, you do not have to go through security again. Just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Both will be in Terminal 3. If your first flight is on-time you'll be OK.


  • Chicago - San Fran - NZ
    Jan 2, 2015
    Hi, Im on a flight from Chicago in Feb to San Fran, connecting to a flight to New Zealand. Is 1 our 50 mins sufficient time to get orm one flight to the other? All booked one one ticket so luggage etc checked in all the way through and boarding passes for both flights issued in Chicago so I don;t think I need to go through security again at SFO? Any advice?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. You have the procedure correct.


  • SFO Ground stop?
    Dec 29, 2015
    Pilot just announced SFO ground stop. Weather appears fine. Any info on cause of stop and how long it is expected to last?


  • do I have enough time to get through security at SFO?
    Dec 29, 2015
    Hello, my flight out of Sacramento (8:30) has been changed to 9:05. I am connecting to an international flight leaving SFO at 11:11. Will I have enough time to get through security at SFO?


    If both your flights are on United then you don't have to go through security. There's a walkway inside security between the United Terminal and the G concourse of the International Terminal.


    Thanks ZAP...you're the best. Yes...both flights are with United. I was going to ask you about that walk-way. I saw it on the SFO map but wasn't sure if I had to go through security. Another question then I stop bothering you...Do all domestic United flights (including the small propeller planes) come into terminal 3?


    Yes, earlier this year some United Express flights used Terminal 1, but now they have consolidated all flights in Terminal 3.


  • Do I have enough time?
    Dec 29, 2015
    ZAP...I need your help. United keeps messing with my departure times and things are starting to look a little tight. I'm flying in from Monterey on a propeller commuter plane early in the morning. Then I have exactly 2 hours before my next flight takes offs. Its an international flight to Cancun. You think I'll have enough time to get to that flight? Thanks in advance ZAP!! Steelhead


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate which are connected inside security.


  • dubai - san diego via SFO
    Dec 27, 2014
    is it realistic to book and make a connection between arriving from dubai on emirates (13:10) and connecting to virgin america flight to san diego 2 hours later at 15:15? i have a UK passport thanks


    Booked together it's doable. Booked separately, it's difficult.


    Dec 23, 2014
    Hi! I'm planning on taking UA225 IAD-SFO which arrives at 10:00pm. And then UA1705 SFO-LAX which leaves at 10:32pm, would I have enough time to connect? I'd imagine all the United gates are pretty close to each other. I will be the first few to leave the aircraft. Thanks!


    Yes, it is enough time, but you will have to hurry and if you miss it you'll be stuck in SFO overnight as I'm fairly sure that would be the last flight of the day to LAX.


  • complications
    Dec 22, 2014
    Arriving at SFO from YVR via United Airlines (US1707V) at 8:22 AM and connecting with United Airlines (UA1212V) flight to Puerto Vallarta at 9:17 AM. Any complications such as checking baggage again and having to go through security again?


    No, on your way to mexico, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will be connected inside security.


  • United flight from terminal 3 to international terminal
    Dec 16, 2014
    I have a flight, arrive SFO 11:00 am in terminal 3 and leaving SFO 12:05 from international terminal. Do I have enough time for transfer? Thanks.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which should take less than 15 minutes.


    Great. Thanks


  • YUL-SFO-LAX --> International A or G to Terminal 3 security question
    Dec 16, 2014
    Hi, I'm flying to LAX through SFO from Montreal with Air Canada and then United Airlines. In SFO, I'll have to go to terminal 3 from either International terminal A or G (I don't know which one yet). Will I need to pass through security again in SFO or is there a walkway inside security between these terminals (I will have already passed through US customs in Montreal)? If I do have to go through security again, will I have enough time if I have a 1h30 layover? Thanks


    There is a walkway from I-G to Terminal 3 inside security. There is no walkway from I-A, so you would have to go through security if you arrive there. Either way you have enough time.


  • AUH - SFO - MIA - PAP
    Dec 16, 2014
    Do i need to change terminal for aa. If yes do i need to go through all the custom and immigration? If yes do i need a visa or how can i change the terminal. Please advise. I m flying from AUH to SFO to MIA to PAP haiti


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Abu Dhabi. In San Francisco, you will arrive in the International Terminal, you must go to Terminal 1, get your AA boarding passes, go through security and to your departure gate


    Terminal 1 is domestic terminal or international termina?


    Terminal 1 is a domestic terminal. Your flight to Miami is domestic.


    Thank you so much for your great help. Is it connected to the international terminal or not? how much time it takes from international terminal to terminal 1. do i need visa to switch from one to other terminal or not?


    It takes about 5-10 minutes to walk to Terminal 1. You need a US Transit Visa for your journey if you do not live in a Visa Waiver country, whether you have to change terminals or not.


  • Minimum time necessary to make a connecting flight
    Nov 28, 2014
    My wife and I are flying into and out of SFO with an hour and ten minute layover. We are changing carriers from United to US Airways, and likely changing terminals. Will we have enough time to make the connecting flight?


    Also we are flying Friday the day after thanksgiving


    It's probably enough time. Not a lot to spare.


  • VEGAS - SFO - International SQ
    Nov 28, 2014
    I'm hoping to take a 9:30am United flight out of Vegas, landing at SFO at 11:16am, followed by an international SQ flight which is due to depart at 2:05pm. Is this doable? We will have luggage with us and not sure United will be able to check our bags all the way through to Singapore (which is our ultimate destination). Thanks!


    Yes, that is possible. You'll have to ask the United agent in Las Vegas about the bags. Have your Singapore confirmation on-hand.


  • Southwest Airlines to International Terminal
    Nov 13, 2014
    I'm arriving at 9:30am on a Southwest flight. How long (if our bag come out in a timely manner) will it take me to get from there to the International Terminal using the Airtrain?


    I imagine you could be in the International Terminal sometime between 10 and 10:15.


    Thank you! :o)


  • Minimum time before International Departure
    Nov 13, 2014
    What is the absolute minimum time one can arrive at SFO for a 12:05pm International departure on Cathay Pacific ? Will already have Board Pass in hand, and no luggage. I've seen some passengers who are late for a flight be allowed to the front of the line for security. Of course will get to the airport ASAP, but have an appt in San Francisco and need to know what my cut-off time is. Thanks


    You would probably be OK if you arrived at the airport between 11:20 and 11:30


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