Flying for the first time

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Flying for the first time

Post by james92 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:19 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m going to Chicago in a few weeks time and wondered if anyone had any advice for airports. My partner and I are flying from Heathrow to Vienna then onto O’Hare international, 13 hours and 3 airports to navigate - going to be interesting for my first flight!!

I’ve seen the sunflower lanyard scheme which Heathrow operates for people with hidden disabilities which I think is great.

Any advice on do’s, dont’s or maybes would be a great help. My to do list is very long........

Thank you :)

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Re: Flying for the first time

Post by Tom fod » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:05 pm

I theory I would guess your hold luggage bags should be transferred for you if you change planes

Presume you have completed online TSA ESTA. IIRC you still have to complete Green Landing card but not been to US for over 6yrs. Have details of where you're staying for CBP

I always make an itinerary for myself with Terminal details Flight nos etc look at elec noticeboards for gate number and time. Keep boarding pass and passport safe

Get to airport in plenty of time to go through security. There may be secondary check at Departure gate

O'Hare Not as big as some places I've flown into and transitted via it. Look at booking airport Shuttle bus ilnto town if not part of your package

Anything specific Happy to try to offer further advice if you have further qs

I imagine it will be cold there this time of year

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Re: Flying for the first time

Post by james92 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:13 pm

Hi Tom,

Many thanks for that, you have made some good suggestions so will ensure these are added to my to do list :)

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Re: Flying for the first time

Post by Andrew_S_Hatton » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:19 am

Happy landings - it sounds exciting - I have only ever flown as far as Guernsey and Ireland and that was many years ago but overall an enjoyable experience that did not involve passports or secutity checks.

We get a lot of news about Stansted Airport on our local BBC News and recently I saw a report that showed that in spite of all the advance warninmgs about stuff folk cannot carry on to planes - they still collect binffulls of stuff every day that folk are obliged to abandon as they go through the barrier to board the planes

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