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Dec 15th, 2012, 11:56 PM
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IAH connection from international

In a couple of weeks I will be arriving at IAH from Qatar on QR and have 1 hour 20 minutes to connect to a UA flight to SNA. I do have Global Entry.

Any advice for making this connection? Maybe I will get lucky and my departure will be in Terminal E, but I saw a YouTube video about taking the rail line between terminals. It looks like this is doable if Global Entry is quick. I will be arriving in business class and departing in first class, if that matters. Carry-on only.
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Dec 16th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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Follow signs for connections, ride the elevator up and get back through security after customs exit at Terminal E. Going through security will be the most time-consuming part with the whole connection.

If your flight departs from any E gate or C43-45, walk. If it's C14-27, take the TerminaLink train. If it's C29-42, it's a wash between walking and taking the train.
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Dec 16th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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Thanks rk. Should I expect to see a Premier Line at that security checkpoint?
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Dec 16th, 2012, 08:44 PM
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That I have no first hand experience. Supposed to have one, but you may want to search on Flyertalk or Milepoint to double check.
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Dec 18th, 2012, 02:48 PM
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When we came back from Costa Rica, connecting through IAH last summer, there wasn't a Premier Line at the security check point. I don't know what criteria they use to open the Premier Line, but it isn't open all the time.
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Jan 10th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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There was a premier line and it may have helped. I did not see how to use the train so I took one of the aiport buggies.

It was about 40 minutes after arrival when I got to my departure gate, C36, at almost exactly at departure time - which means of course that I missed the flight.

The QR flight was 40 minutes late but I probably would have still been SOL if it had arrived on time. Would have been showing up at the gate 40 min before departure without a bp or being checked in.
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