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Worried about Transfer/Layover Procedure

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Worried about Transfer/Layover Procedure

Our flights to Orlando are all booked and we're flying out with Delta on Saturday 5th October, however this will be the first time we've experienced a flight with a layover.

The transfer window seems rather small - on the way out we're flying from LHR - BOS and then we have 1hour 50mins to get off the plane, collect our luggage (I assume?) and check in for the plane to MCO.

On the way back, the layover is at JFK (MCO - JFK - LHR) and we have 1hour 40mins to switch planes.

This doesn't sound like much time to me - especially when the last time we went to Florida, it took 4 hours just to queue up and get through immigration, let alone getting our baggage.

If there is a hold up and we miss our flight, do we have to pay for another? Also, do we have to collect our bags from the baggage conveyor and then check them in for the next plane? That could potentially take a while as well :(

Sorry for all the questions, I'm just beginning to panic a little!

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1. Re: Worried about Transfer/Layover Procedure

Outbound to Orlando it does seem too tight, you will need to pass through US Immigration, reclaim your baggage, pass though US Customs, and redeposit your baggage at a special point just outside Customs. You don't need to go through check-in again, but you do need to clear security, find the Orlando gate and get there before boarding closes. If you miss the connection to Orlando Delta will rebook you on the first flight with seats available at no cost to you. This may not be the next flight though.

Coming back there are no immigration or customs checks required at MCO or JFK and your baggage will be transferred at JFK without you having to reclaim it.

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If your flight is on time it is very tight but doable on the way out (all depends how much is coming in at the time). On the way back you will have more than enough time due to no immigration / customs / bag etc.

Problem with the BOS - MCO route is that there is nothing direct after that 5.33pm departure (which i assume you are on). The ATL - MCO route has just about an hourly direct service.

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3. Re: Worried about Transfer/Layover Procedure

You knew your connection time was tight yet you accepted it, and then post here-- after tickets are purchased-- wondering if you have enough time. Oh, well. Yes, it's a tight connection time, but unless you're willing to pay to change your flights, it's a moot point. Did you book directly with the airline? If all flights were ticketed together, and you miss your connection, the airline will normally put you on the next flight with available seats (not necessarily the very next flight). If the first fight arrived on time and you were delayed in Immigration, they can get a bit stricter, but the only time I've seen that occur is when friends missed an international-to-domestic connection at ATL, due to a delay at Immigration, and the next fight to their domestic destination was the next day: since the first fight arrived on time, the airline said since the missed connection wasn't their fault they wouldn't pay for a hotel, but they did put them on a flight for the next day at no extra cost.

Your checked bags will have been put into the airport conveyer system when you drop them off after Customs. They may actually go with your original flight, or a later flight. Sholdn't delay you personally.

The return flight is less problematic in that you won't go through Immigration or Customs, though if you somehow miss your connection there are likely few alternatives (maybe another airline).

If still in doubt about what your options are, call the airline directly.

Edited: 25 September 2013, 14:28
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