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First time flyer. Flying alone. 7:00 a.m Flight from Boston, landing at 8:27 am. Both Flights United, and both bought on same itinerary. My flight is at 9:08 going to Sarasota, Fl. I assume I will be at the Same terminal, but I don't really have any idea.

  • Is your flight from Boston on United Airlines or United Express? – jpatokal Mar 3 '15 at 0:49
  • I think Just United Airline. What would be different if it was Express? – Sean Flanagan Mar 3 '15 at 2:10
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    Some UX flights use Terminal A. If both flights are UA, you're likely to stay in C. Your itinerary should spell out the airline name in full if you want to check. – jpatokal Mar 3 '15 at 4:08
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I give this 50/50 chance at best, especially this time of year. 40 minutes is tight even in the best of circumstances but Newark has lots of traffic, lots of delays and is prone to weather issues (as is Boston for that matter). The United terminals are huge, so it can easily be a 10 minute hike between gates. I never had to go through security while connecting, so I doubt that'll be an issue.

Get the United app installed on your phone: that's the quickest way of checking what gate your connection is departing and on whether it's on time or not. You can do this while your still taxiing after landing. If it's super tight you can sometimes beg the other passengers or the flight attendants to let you get off first. If your stuck in the back of the plane, that's going to be a problem.

I would call United ask for a change, perhaps an earlier flight out of Boston. 40 minutes in a massive airport like EWR seems unreasonable.

And don't check any bags!

  • Hey, Thanks. Their is a flight at 6:30 from Boston on United. I would like to change to that flight, but wont I have to buy another ticket or could they somehow change it!? – Sean Flanagan Mar 4 '15 at 3:48
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United has two terminals at Newark, A & C. Your flights are both likely but not guaranteed to land at/depart from C. Even if you do have to transfer, there's a shuttle that does not require you to go through security again.

The good news is that if United sold you that connection as a single ticket, it's a legal layover. So even if you do miss the connecting flight, they'll put you on the next available flight for free.

  • Thank you very much, So should I bank on it being at Terminal C most likely ? – Sean Flanagan Mar 3 '15 at 2:11

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