Chicago ORD connection question

Feb 13th, 2012, 02:12 PM
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Chicago ORD connection question

Looking to fly United this summer. Would have to change planes on United in ORD with 70 min connection time. Flight would originate in US and most likely fly into domestic terminal? The connecting United flight is international, flight would most likely leave from international terminal? Have been to ORD, concerned this might not be enough time to make connection, especially if plane is delayed. Can I request transportation from domestic to international terminal? Am slightly disabled, very big issue if I have to walk fast, couldn't possibly run. Would you take these flights?
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Feb 13th, 2012, 02:21 PM
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United-operated international flights and code-share flights operated by Lufthansa depart from the domestic terminal (T1)--you will stay airside and will not have to transfer to the international terminal. Note that this would not the case on the return--in that case, you'd arrive at the international terminal and then have to transfer to terminal 1.

If your incoming flight is on time, 70 minutes will be plenty of time.
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Feb 13th, 2012, 05:27 PM
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You should be OK. As ms said, you won't have to change terminals, and you could probably get a cart.
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Feb 13th, 2012, 07:41 PM
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amazing how people can blithely tell a disabled flyer that 70 min will be enough time...esp if you don't know where the oP is coming from. For ex if its a United Express flight , or a flight that is characteristically late and the gates are not close to each other 70 min could be a big issue. And if there is only one flight a day to the Int'l destination? These are all factors I look at when booking connecting flights esp in large airports like ORD>
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Feb 13th, 2012, 07:45 PM
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As the earlier post says, if you're connecting to Lufthansa, you'd depart from T1. If you're connecting to a flight operated by Air Canada, they depart from T2. All Swiss and SAS flights operate from T5.
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Feb 13th, 2012, 09:04 PM
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I once transited ORD with a late plane arrival. Not wanting to try to run all the way, I flagged a passing wheel chair person. I offered him $20 get me to the gate.

If nothing else, the ride alone was worth it. Imagine zooming along with the person running, and you're about 2 1/2 feet off the ground.
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Feb 14th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Arrange in advance for wheelchair transport--go to the airline's website and search for "assistance for disabled passengers" or similar terms. It asks what kind of help you need; you would select "need assistance for distance, can walk up/down a few steps" or whatever choice best describes your situation.

We have done this for four transits through O'Hare and they were fantastic every time (connecting between two domestic United flights, but not in the same terminal). Someone with a walkie-talkie and a wheelchair right there as we came off the jetway. Once when our incoming flight was 90 minutes late we had to dash from B22 to a distant C gate. That awesome pusher got us there just as the door was about to close; she had the agent at our arrival gate phone the departure gate to let them know we were on our way. (I was breathless trying to keep up with her, but managed to thank her with a $20)
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Feb 14th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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but just as often wheelchair assistance can backfire...I wouldn't depend on it to make a short connection - many many horror stories of wheelchairs not being there esp in a busy place like ORD>
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