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What is the fastest way to get from the Z terminal to the C terminal
Z and C are just concourses. Take the Aerotrain.

I am arriving from Frankfurt to IAD at 3:55pm. The program I am flying with booked me a connecting flight back to Boston via United that leaves at 10:20pm. However, I found a much earlier flight from IAD. It is Jet Blue and it leaves at 6:52pm. If I book the Jet Blue flight on my own as a separate one-way reservation, will it be possible to make it including customs and checked bags? Will I have to check-in to Jet Blue and redo my checked bags once I clear customs because I am booking it separately?

The flight is very cheap and getting home 5 hours earlier would be incredible but I wondered if the separate reservation makes the transfer too complicated and time-consuming.

Your bags will be tagged through to Boston on the United flight and you will be stuck in an immigration hall that does not exit to the outside. You won't be able to take that Jetblue flight if you want to travel with a checked bag.
Do you think I could make it without a checked bag?
Hi there, I will be on a ANA flight from Narita Airport with ETA of 1040 at Dulles Airport, and catching a United flight to Raleigh-Durham Airport with ETD of 1250. Total layover time of around 2hr 10min. I am not a US citizen and I have checked-in luggages. Will there be enough time to clear customs, take my luggages, and check in for my domestic flight?
I will be arriving from FRA and have a separate ticket for a domestic flight. Can I check my baggage for the domestic flight in or near the international arrivals building or do I need to go upstairs to the departure level at IAD to recheck the baggage? I will have already checked in for the domestic flight before leaving FRA and will have a boarding pass for that flight.
Does anyone know how long customs and immigration typically take sfor international passengers (coming from Amsterdam or Munich) typically take at Dulles with Washington as final destination? Will be arriving at 15:35 or 15:55 on a Tuesday.
30-60 minutes.

Is there usually a long que for taxis that time of day? Would you recommend something else like Uber or Lyft? Time is of the essence here so if it's some dollars extra it's not the most important thing.
Planning to arrive on UA at 325 pm and will leave on a domestic plane to MSP on UA at 5.10 PM. Will there be enough time to clear the immigration, get the bag and recheck the bag? There are 3 of u and we are US citizens.
Where are you arriving from?
That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
Hello, can you tell me if there is assistance offered to lift baggage off the conveyor belt if you have restricted lifting abilities.
It depends on the baggage claim, you could just ask someone for help.
Thank you, I guess I was looking for a guarantee that airport workers would help if a kind member of the public wont.
There's no guarantee. This also isn't the airport's official website.
Hello, I will be flying in from Narita to IAD at 1620 and would have a 1h10 min layover before the connecting flight departs to MCO at 1730. The flights are all in one booking. Would I have enough time to clear immigration and security assuming I have a checked bag? I am not a US citizen.
That is less than the recommended minimum International to Domestic connection time, especially with checked bags (90 minutes). That will be very difficult.
May I know what the minimum connection time is without checked bags?
90 minutes is still officially the minimum, but it may be doable in under 90 without checked bags if everything goes perfectly.
Hello, I am flying from Philly airport (PHL) to Dulles then to Beijing but my flight from Philly will land at IAD at 11:00 then my flight to Beijing is at 12:25, is my layover time enough? Do I have to recheck my luggage at IAD? Where do I go through immigration? PHL or IAD?
There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You will go through Chinese immigration in China. If both flights are on United then all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate and you have enough time.
I will arrive to IAD on an international flight at 3pm. I then have a domestic flight at 5:45pm. Will the above be sufficient time taking into consideration that I have to pass by the passport control (being a foreigner), claim my baggage, and then check in for the domestic flight?
Yes, that should be enough time.