I am traveling to France. Booked trip through Delta. First leg is from home airport US, to JFK on Delta, second then is to France via Air France under Delta. So, when I arrive at JFK, will I have to retrieve and recheck my bags when I get to the international terminal or do they check it through to my final destination...and then coming home France to Detroit, Detroit to home airport. Thanks.


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Outbound, you'll pick up your bags in Paris (or wherever you're flying there). You will not pick them up in New York City.

Inbound, you'll clear US customs and immigration in New York, so you'll likely have to pick up your bags, clear customs, and then recheck them for your flight home. (Some airports now only make you get your bags if customs officials want to inspect them, e.g. Calgary.)

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    Thanks so much! First time flying internationally alone and don't want to wind up without luggage due to my inexperience.
    – Nursie76
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 18:58
  • Last I looked, Calgary was not in the US.
    – Doc
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 22:07
  • @Doc Last I looked, not all air travelers pass through US airports. And my guess is that if it works in Canada, a richer country like the US might just do it, too eventually. Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 22:35

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