ChrisKen wrote:You should be refused entry to airside in a terminal other than the one you're departing from as the boarding pass won't be valid. You can visit the landside terminal though.
fbgdavidson wrote:This is incorrect. You should be able to access the airside portion of any terminal with a same day boarding pass from that airport. I have done this at several airports over the last 10yrs for lounge access or similar.
spacecadet wrote:fbgdavidson wrote:This is incorrect. You should be able to access the airside portion of any terminal with a same day boarding pass from that airport. I have done this at several airports over the last 10yrs for lounge access or similar.
"Should be" and "will be" are two different things, especially at JFK. He *may* be able to access the airside portion of other terminals, depending on the terminal, the TSA officer on desk duty, and what he/she had for breakfast that morning. There are lots of people around the internet, including here, who have not been able to transfer between terminals at JFK, and others who have. But telling someone they definitely will be able to is setting them up for disappointment. They can try, but there's no guarantee of success, and depending on what you're carrying with you and how you do it, it can be a big PITA going to a different terminal and only then finding out that you can't get in.
danvs wrote:Thank you for your answers.
I still haven't decided whether I take the LIRR to NYC and spend my afternoon there or if I try re-entering the airside of terminal 4. If I decide for the latter, I'll let you know if they let me in or not.
danvs wrote:So here's what happened...
When I checked-in in Savannah, I realized my DL ticket included the AA leg from JFK to my foreign destination, which allowed me to dispatch the bags directly to my final destination without having to collect them at JFK.
I decided to stay in terminal 4. I could have taken the LIRR to Manhattan, but after having lunch in terminal 4, it was already 3 pm, so I would have only 2-3 hours in NYC before having to return to my 10pm flight in JFK.
I love watching planes and it's not in every airport in the world (or even in the US) that you have such a variety of airplanes and airlines. In JFK you can see from CRJ-200 to A380s. Also, last Sunday JFK was using runways 22L and 13L for landings and 13R for takeoffs. At the viewing area near gate A6, I could see the planes making the last turn from the VOR/DME approach to 22L, as well as airplanes departing 13R. I spent 4 hours there, and it passed like a breeze. Then I took the Airtrain to terminal 8, where I could see some airplanes banking right to land at 13L (but soon it became dark and the reflections on the windows made it impossible to watch anything outside).
When I passed security in terminal 8, I remembered that I had promised you an answer, so I asked the TSA officer who was checking the boarding passes if I could have entered another terminal in JFK, and he said that yes, I could have, as long as I had a valid boarding pass.
Thank you all for your inputs!
*My DL flight SAV-JFK was quite memorable. The captain made several speeches during the flight, and you could feel by the way he talked that he truly loved flying. He actually said, among other usual stuff, that he loved landing in JFK, and also that it would be a smooth landing. It was a quite hard landing though, and then when taxiing to the gate, he apologized and said he "didn't know where that came from", all in a "oops" tone of voice. The guy is one-of-a-kind! Also quite exhilarating to me was to experience the famous Canarsie approach inside an airplane (I had seen only on YT videos), an approach I've always wanted to experience and that I'll never forget.
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