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Chances Of Not Making 3 Hours Connection In IAD  
User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Hi everybody,

I have an upcoming flight in June from ZRH to SLC via IAD on UA, arrival will be 1500 hours on UA 937 connecting to UA 645 leaving 1756 hours. I actually thought that a close to three hour layover would be enough but people started to scare me that that will be a close call. So any experiences from learned a.netters in IAD, will I have good chances to make my flight to SLC or should I prepare for spending the night in IAD?


WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
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User currently offlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

You'll probably end up sitting around for hours in IAD wandering what all the worrying was about. Seems like plenty of time.

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

Quoting AustrianZRH (Thread starter):
So any experiences from learned a.netters in IAD, will I have good chances to make my flight to SLC or should I prepare for spending the night in IAD?

Unless your flight to IAD is heavily delayed, you should be fine. That said, it's always a good idea to carry the essentials for an unexpected night in some airport hotel in your hand luggage.



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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
That said, it's always a good idea to carry the essentials for an unexpected night in some airport hotel in your hand luggage.

That is SOP when I am travelling  . Thanks for the encouraging words!



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1477 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

Hope it all works out fine. Probably will.

All depends on delays at US immigration, which can be severe at IAD. Try to be off quickly to get up to the head of the line.
IAD is kind of unfriendly for a quick transit, narrow corridors with lots of passengers, with few or no moving walkways. Also go on the web and note the peculiar gate numbering convention at IAD which does not help.


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1558 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

As said above, 3h should be no problem, enjoy your flights  


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User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1155 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

Shouldn't be a problem. It is an awful airport, that I hate flying into, but there it is.

There is also a sandwich restaurant with a very unusual name in the United C/D Terminal that is great.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

Also keep in mind that intercontinental flights usually arrive half an hour or even an hour earlier than scheduled. This will give you an even longer layover. If you're still worried, try sitting close to the front and try to pass some people while walking from the plane to immigration. Sometimes a couple of minutes earlier at the immigration line results in half an hour or more time saved.

Soren   



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User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3710 times:

UA has its own separate FIS in terminal C/D. If it is a UA to UA connection you should be fine...

User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Thanks for the great input from everybody. I definitely stopped worrying now  .

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
try sitting close to the front

Since girlfriend and me decided to fork out the 100$ for Economy-Plus that's a done deal. And a couple of inches of more legroom is never a bad thing  .



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 9):
Since girlfriend and me decided to fork out the 100$ for Economy-Plus that's a done deal. And a couple of inches of more legroom is never a bad thing   .

If you leg it to immigration and don't waste time in the lavatory, you'll probably beat your bags to the carousel.  



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Yeah, it is quite possible. Just go as fast as possible in immigration, and you'll find yourself with more than an hour to spend at IAD. Good Luck!

Quoting LOWS (Reply 6):
There is also a sandwich restaurant with a very unusual name in the United C/D Terminal that is great.



Potbelly's ??????



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User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1155 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

Quoting rahulrahul (Reply 11):
Potbelly's ??????

It's at the very end of C, if I'm not mistaken.


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3600 times:

Echo other posts regarding hurrying off the plane and to immigration.

When I get off the plane, at any international arrival airport, I bypass the line or the escalator and scury up/down the stairs. Usually gets me in front of 2 dozen right there.



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