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2 Hr Layover In IAD With Customs: Is It Enough  
User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7420 times:

The title is pretty self-explanatory, but here's the more detailed version of what I'm getting to.

During the spring/summer I have decided to head to Sweden to visit relatives. Seeing that SK via IAD is one of the cheapest options, I have been looking at that.

However one thing has me thinking twice about really deciding to go through Dulles to try SK. I will have around 2 hours to connect in IAD on the way back. Should I make it through in enough time, I may have to run like a bat out of hell or wait an additional 4 hours in what could be hell if I miss the connection.

The SAS flight gets into IAD at around 3:15. I'm not sure if that is where the TATL rush-hour occurs that will determine how quickly I can go through customs/immigration.

So is 2 hours enough to get through customs?

Also the connection to CPH allows me 1 hr 20 min. I imagine that's enough time to get from concourse A to concourse B?

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User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7418 times:

No Way! IAD is the first US airport to require all ten fingers to be scanned. And your arrival time is indeed rush-hour.

Some years ago, I had a 2 1/2 hour connection at IAD. Took 1 3/4 hours to go through passport control, then search for the bag, head through customs. Remember, there is no bag drop downstairs any more. THey sent us upstairs to look for the UA counter to get new boarding card, and then we hadto run the TSA gauntlet (which was thankfully quick).

When we got to our gate, we made the delayed flight and even spotted our bags from inside the aircraft on a trolley next to the gate. At that very moment, they pushed back......

So allow four hours and you'll have less stress.


User currently offlineDispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1281 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7399 times:

What he says, nothing happens fast at IAD, except waiting in line.

Nobody screws you better than an airline job!
User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7386 times:

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 1):

well.... there's always NW/KL via AMS for 50 dollars more  Big grin

User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1232 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

You will definitely need more than two hours at IAD.

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 1):
So allow four hours and you'll have less stress.

Yeah, four is more reasonable. Or connecting in AMS.

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