in a few weeks I will be flying from FRA to TPA. I was initially booked via EWR but could rebook via IAH, as this would give me a) a LH A380 instead of an UA 767 and a "safer" weather issues airport in this winter time.
Reading horrible reviews about immigration in IAH on Skytrax I am unsure if it was a good decision.
I will be arriving with LH from FRA in Terminal D at 1:50 PM, need to clear immigration, and then depart to TPA on UA at 3:59 PM, which is usually C or E Terminal.
Here are my questions:
-Is this usually a busy time for immigration? I have a German passport...
-Are the lanes really that long as suggested by the reviews? The good thing is that I will sitting in Economy Class first row on the plane, so I should be at immigration right after the premium passengers and before the horde of all the remaining Economy Class guests...
-Do you get any special treatment as Star Alliance Gold to clear immigation more quickly?
-Going to Terminal C I can walk, right? The Video on the Houston Airport website suggest to take the train.
-I believe connecting security is usually quite a mess, isn't it? Do they have special lanes for Star Gold at least there?
-Is there a plan B in case my LH flight comes in late and there is a mess at security? I.e. going landside and reclear through another security checkpoint?
-Do they use body scans in Houston and can one opt out without too much issues? I opted out once in Miami shortly after these things were installed and it was a quite easy pat down so I don't really mind...
Thanks very much for all your thoughts.