Connection Times for International Visitors

May 3rd, 2009, 05:17 AM
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Connection Times for International Visitors

Hi there,

Im flying from heathrow London to Orlando Via Washington. Expedia has given me a 1Hr 12min connection time. Will I have enough time to transfer. Im flying with United airlines.

AxelNight is offline  
May 3rd, 2009, 05:46 AM
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It's going to be tight.
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:40 AM
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Immigration lines can be long for visitors, and you still need to claim bags, get out of customs and reclear security.

United has 4 LHR-IAD flights a day. Try to choose something with a longer connection.
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:40 AM
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I would want more. I assume by via Washington you mean Dulles? The problem there is that there are very few actual gates so you oftne get "bused" in and out to planes and that eats up a chuck of time. It's just not a very efficent airport IMHO!

And there's Passport control......

I would want at least two hours!
CarolA is offline  
May 3rd, 2009, 07:47 AM
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There are 4 daily UAL flights from London to Washington, and 6 daily flights from Washington to Orlando.

If you are on one of the early flights into Washington then UAL can put you on a later flight to Orlando should you miss your connection.

Will you have checked bags or not? Upon arrival in Washington you will wait in line for immigration, then either immediately collect or wait longer for you checked bags, exit through customs, then drop off your checked bags, proceed to the departure gate - you must pass through security again.

If you are not a US citizen/perm resident then the wait at immigration may be the determining factor.

If you don't have checked bags then you can skip any wait at baggage claim.

As long as I knew there were later same-day flights to my destination I personally would book the 1:12 connection. Your risk tolerance may be lower than mine.

On several instances where I knew I had a very tight connection I've not been shy about politely seeking help from airline personnel to bypass a long line. They can definitely help at security to get to your Orlando flight - not sure if they can shunt you to a shorter line at immigration. It doesn't hurt to ask if it looks like the line will delay you too long.
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May 3rd, 2009, 11:53 AM
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Well J62 must be luckier then most. I have watched folks try to get to the front of lines in ATL due to tight connections and polietly but firmly get told "BACK in line"

And to be honest.... if they let you in front it tends to become a snowball effect, now my time is short and I need to move up and so on. Generally it's not safe to assume you will get moved up in the line.
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May 3rd, 2009, 12:05 PM
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I'd be uncomfortable with such a short connection.

I agree with CarolA too. There is no reason you should assume anyone will let you go to the front of the line. You shouldn't expect it either.
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May 6th, 2009, 01:50 PM
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When you land at Dulles, they split the passengers - 1) those staying in Virginia, and 2) those with connecting flights. You will not be mixed with the folks staying in Virginia so you're not going through customs with people that aren't in a hurry. That being said, I would go for a longer connection time. After flying from London, I would want to be able to unwind a bit. See if you can get the next flight to Orlando...
Debi is offline  
May 8th, 2009, 12:40 AM
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IMHO..I agree, change to a longer layover. (We were the running, crazy, stressed out travelers trying to make the next flight. Which we made by the skin of our teeth and the disapproving looks of many! Insult to injury...our flight was delayed!!Aaaagh!) Save yourself the headache.
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