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Traveling on AirFrance to Naples / Will one hour connection time in Paris be doable?

Oct 15th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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Six flights on AF connecting thru CDG and only three times did checked bags show up. I would carry on.

Note that just because it is an AF flight # does not mean it is an AF flight. They do a lot of code shares.
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Oct 15th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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" Definitely check your bags".

Can't say I agree with that. That is for connections under 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The only potential delay is IF customs decides to inspect their bags. Really rare at CDG.
That sure beats having to wait (who knows how long) for the bags to make it to their vacation spot.


" You don't want to wait for your bags."
Why would they wait for their carryons?


" Plus, most airlines won't check to an intermediate stop, even if you ask them to."
They will either let you carry on,or they will green tag them.

Go to the Air France forum at Flyertalk and ask the same question.
You also may be better off on the bus. While things can change,it can be good to know what gates you are both arriving and leaving from.
With 1 3/4 hours ,with no delays, that should be fine for connecting. Both bags and people.
This is especially true ,the traveller understands CDG ,the gates,the shuttles,etc.


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Oct 15th, 2007, 09:22 AM
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jabez - I have to totally disagree with you.

You're suggesting someone with a 1hr15min connection to wait for checked bags before exiting customs, then carry these bags to transfer to the other terminal, AND then wait in line again to check-in and drop them off?

They barely have time to get THEMSELVES to complete the transfer, let alone the bags.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 03:52 AM
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"We have a connecting flight coming up - LAX-CDG, landing at 5:30, then departing CDG-Madrid at 7:15."

This is who most recent reports are trying to help. That comes to 1 hour and 45 minutes.
However, I atill recommend the same for less time.

"wait for checked bags before exiting customs" PLUS " You don't want to wait for your bags."
Maybe I wasn't clear; "carryons" means no checked bags.

I give my advice based on lost and delayed bags going thru CDG. Most any frequent traveler to CDG(thus my recommendation to go to FlyerTalk)will tell you that most any connection at CDG is risky for checked bags. The shorter the connection, the greater the risk.
Having carryons should caiuse little delay, but obviously increases the odds of beginning a vacation without the hassle of lost/delayed bags.

This :
"Definitely check your bags through. You don't want to wait for your bags. Plus, most airlines won't check to an intermediate stop, even if you ask them to"
simply confused me. There is no waiting and if Iwan2go wants to check bags to Madrid,no problem.
msbeavers was fortunate that her bags made it,although she had to wait for another flight. Imagine how much worse it would have been ,if when she finally arrived her bags were not there.

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Oct 16th, 2007, 05:17 AM
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jabez - How do you know there's no waiting for bags? Well, I guess if the immigration line is so long, or if the passengers need to wait for a shuttle bus when the plane is on the tarmac, then bags may indeed come out you get to baggage claim.

And I am talking about dealing with the check-in agent in the US. You have a US-CDG-MAD ticket with same day connection in Paris, and you'll have a hard time trying to persuade the agent to tag your bags only to CDG.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 10:53 AM
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Not to belabor this,but
" How do you know there's no waiting for bags? "
Because you have your carryon bags with you. Why would you wait?

Again,I'm talking about carryon bags to CDG. If the op wants to check to MAD fine,but he may not see those bags for a couple days.
The green tags that I referred to was the CDG-MAD portion of the trip. This may happen at the gate ,if it's Alitalia.
If doable, most seasoned travelers would recommend carryons when connecting at CDG. This is especially true with a short connection window.
Go to Flertalk and see what frequent CDG travelers would say about the percentage of delayed/lost bags are at CDG-even with what seems to be enough connection time.
There's certainly nothing wrong with you recommending people to check them. I just want to clarify That there is no "waiting for bags" with carryons.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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jabez - Nevermind. I was responding to 1want2go's inquiry about checking bags only to CDG, then doing the transfer manually and recheck.

You and I were talking about different things.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 01:37 PM
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Sorry for the confusion! and thanks for taking the time to try and sort it out. I wasn't clear enough in my post. Mea culpa.

I'm never sure how to word it if I have a "connecting" flight...is there another word for it? (a passing-through flight? This one is on ONE ticket from Air France, LAX-MAD, with a connection in Madrid. My question concerned whether my bags, if checkin in in LA, would make it to Madrid, with 1hr 45 minutes between the 2 legs...or whether we should ONLY take carry-ons and run for it. I think the int'l flights come in at 2E and domestic take off from 2F (or vice-versa).

Again, thanks for all of your advice! and sorry for the lack of clarity. Will do better next time!
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Oct 17th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Iwan2go - It's a "connecting flight" alright.

No one can guarantee you anything, but in my opinion, your bags have good chance of making the connection.

But I always ask people to think about the consequences. What happens if your bags don't show up in MAD for 24 hours? Is that going to totally ruin your trip? Can you take that chance, no matter how slim it is?
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Oct 17th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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Thanks rrkwan. We always take at least one extra day of clothing with us and some toiletries. We'll be in Madrid for 3 days, so if there is a problem at least we're not leaving the city immediately.

BTW, if we have carry-ons, do they get inspected upon arrival? Or is it just the usual immigration/customs checkpoint?
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Oct 17th, 2007, 01:58 PM
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You need to go through the customs door at CDG (i.e. green doors), and then security at the domestic terminal. At MAD, again, you'll go through customs door.

In Europe, "going through customs" for most travelers is simply walk out through the green doors. Unless you have something to declare, or you get stopped for inspection.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Thanks.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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NO NO AND NO!
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Oct 17th, 2007, 02:13 PM
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Oh, actually, it depends on which terminal you comes into CDG and how you get to your domestic terminal. In many cases, you won't go through a customs door at CDG at all if you're not claiming checked bags. Only immigration, and then security.
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