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Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

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Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

Hi.

My girlfriend is arriving in Chicago from Dusseldorf and has one and a half hours to get through customs and do all of that before getting on a plane to LAX. It's going to be super tight, but I think she can do it. Now, I am wondering if she will have to get her bag from the carousel and recheck it. Both flights are American Airlines. Any other tips on hurrying through the lines? Do they have special sections for people that are in massive time crunches?

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1. Re: Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

She will pick up her bag, clear customs, and recheck her bag in the customs hall past the final inspection.

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2. Re: Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

It's a very tight connection. No special treatment in T5.

She'll also need to take a tram from T5 to T3. When she gets to T3, go direct to the TSA security line and to her gate. If she misses her connection, AA will automatically re-book her on the next available flight to LAX,

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3. Re: Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

Yes she will have to get her bag and recheck it after customs. This question is asked a lot so if you search the forum you will see several discussions about making a connection in Chicago. 1.5 hours is very tight.

Lots if people will have connections so no special lines for that. Some tips

Get a seat towards the front.

Hurry especially to immigration. That is the sl

Edited: 17 December 2013, 21:13
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4. Re: Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

Sorry. Immigration line is slow so if she hurries past people walking slowly she can get in line first.

Familiarize yourself with the online airport map so she knows where she is going.

Buy the AA upgrade package that includes access to the priority security line.

Biz class if possible. Bags will be tagged priority and will come out sooner

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5. Re: Arriving in Chicago via international flight, recheck bags?

AA has lots of flights from ORD to LAX call AA and tell them the connection is too tight. They should allow you to change to a later flight. 1.5 hours is extremely tight assuming the inbound is on time. If it is late you will miss it.

B.

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