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Customs/Immigration/Layovers

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I'm taking from first trip overseas - Cleveland to Manchester in April. I booked through Northwest and got a great deal on business class, but in order to get that great deal - I'm making an extra stop in Amsterdam. To me - it seemed worth it for the extra room in business class as I have a bad knee and don't think I would handle coach seating well for 8+ hours... etc...

Anyway, my question... I leave from Cleveland to Detroit, Detroit to Amsterdam, and Amsterdam to Manchester. At what point will I go through customs/immigration? Will I have to at both Amsterdam and Manchester? Someone told me I had to claim my luggage then go to customs - is that right? I have about 90 minutes at each airport for a layover - is that sufficient time? I'm on Northwest for the first two legs, then switching to KLM.

On my return, I'm leaving Manchester, flying to Amsterdam (both on Northwest) and arriving in Newark (ugh, I know). From Newark, I go to Cleveland on Continental. I only have 1 hour and 5 minutes - which I am quite certain isn't enough time at Newark and am pretty sure I'll miss this connection.... but there are 6 more flights to Cleveland after this one - so I think I should be able to get on one of those. But - when I get to Newark - will I claim my luggage - then go through Customs in the US? How is Newark for customs?

Thanks!

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