blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5474 posts, RR: 18 Posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4274 times:
In a few weeks I have a 45 minute connection in PHL. I realize I'm cutting it close, but its domestic-domestic, so I feel like I have a chance and US Airways allowed me to book the itinerary. I've heard horror stories about PHL, but nothing specific, just "Oh, its a bad airport!" etc.
Can anybody tell me what's in store for me? Will I have to clear security as a connecting pax?
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Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22158 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4271 times:
You will not have to re-clear security.
Is the connection mainline-mainline, express-express, or mainline-express (for these purposes, count RW as mainline)? If you are staying on mainline or on express, 45 minutes is probably doable, though as I'm sure you know, PHL can have nasty weather/airfield delays.
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Well, that doesn't mean they should have. US actually has a tendency to allow unrealistic connection times- once due to a reschedule I ended up with a 20-minute UA to US connection at ORD. Idiot call center rep kept telling me it's a "legal connection" and I had to talk to 2 supervisors to get it changed.
You're somewhat protected if you misconnect- if it's not due to weather they'll have to cover your hotel. Don't worry about it too much. If you make it you'll be glad you only spent a few minutes there.
planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1200 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
As a flyer that once had PHL as my home airport and still a regular transit passenger there, 45 minutes is fine. I am not sure why people have such problems making connections at PHL, or if it is exaggeration. I suppose some people freak out if they arrive at the connecting gate and most of the other pax have already boarded - it doesn't necessarily mean you "nearly missed" the flight. And I believe some people get worried since they won't check a bag and if not early to board may not have space in the overhead bin, but that is a different issue than connecting time.
I say it's as easy as exit arriving flight, walk to gate for connection, board, and have a good flight. Even the Express to Mainline with the bus from F to B/C or A can easily be made in 45 minutes.
PITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1074 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4230 times:
If you're connecting in or between B and C, which is likely if you're mainline to mainline, 45 minutes should be no problem assuming the inbound isn't delayed (which is common).
If you're coming from regional (often F) to B or C, 45 minutes is probably OK unless the inter-terminal bus driver decides to vanish for a break, which has happened to me a couple of times.
I've never connected from D or E; I think it's better now than it used to be, but I'm not real interested in finding out. I've never once made an inbound connection from A successfully, but that's always been immigration's fault and you are flying domestic.
In my experience, the real problems with PHL start once you've missed a connection. Let's hope you won't have to find out how things are nowadays.