AustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1425 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4560 times:
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.
dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1553 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4520 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.
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3968 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4485 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.
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