Hi guys, I need your help.
My fiancee lives in the UK, I just spent two months with her, and in July she's coming to America to visit me. The problem is, she's never connected through a major airport before and I havent the funds to fly to England and pick her up, I can make it as far as Detroit but thats it. So, she'll be on her own connecting through Amsterdam, and going through U.S. Customs at Detroit.
I plan to pick her up after she has cleared customs and check her back in, and then we will fly together for the remainder of our journey. But I need advice on how to get her to the point of meeting me safely.
So, firstly. She's taking a KLM Cityhopper flight from NCL-AMS, where she will then connect with a DL A330 AMS-DTW.
She has a two hour connection in AMS. What will she need to do? Does she go through Amsterdam customs? Or does she bypass customs and continue on to her connecting flight? If so, how does she bypass customs, and how does she find the gate for her connection? I did a bit of searching and it appears that DL serves almost all of Amsterdam's concourses, so I have no idea where to guide her or what to tell her, having not been through that airport myself before and not knowing how they do it in that country.
Secondly, after she lands in Detroit, I believe she will be herded directly to customs and turn in her landing card as per usual for an American airport. Will she have any trouble with the fact that I bought the ticket for her? Where will she go from Customs there? I assume to go check in her bag again, that's how they do it at ATL. Is this correct?
Know of a good meeting spot in DTW that's near the exit from customs?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
As an aside, on the way back to England, she flies SLC-ORD-AMS-NCL. What will she go through at ORD for customs? Will it work any differently through AMS on her way back to england?