I'll be travelling from Dusseldorf, Germany to Los Angeles (LAX), USA through Chicago (ORD), USA.
So the flight will be: DUS---->ORD ~~ ORD---->LAX
The layover will be in Chicago (ORD)
I was wondering whether I will have to:
1) Go through border and immigration control in Chicago (ORD)
2) Reclaim my luggage in Chicago and check it in again to go to Los Angeles. Or will it travel all the way through without me having to do anything?
3) Go through security check again in Chicago.
The layover will be 3 hours, I will be having an ESTA and not a visa and it is also my first time entering the USA. I'll be travelling alone and I'm not sure of what to do.
Same goes for the return journey, but instead of Chicago I'll be laying over in Philadelphia. Will I have to reclaim my luggage and check it in again? And also, the layover in Philadelphia is only 45 minutes, will I have enough time to board the next flight?