I'm travelling to San Antonio, Texas from Mumbai India, with connecting flights at London and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (2.5 hours layover at each airport). All the tickets are booked through the same airline (American Airlines) and all the flights are on the same ticket. I am an Indian citizen, and travelling in US on a tourist visa (B-1/B-2). I am confused about the following things:

a) What will happen once I land in Dallas?
Will I have to check out luggage and check back in again?
Will I go through Immigration and Customs?
And will all these be easy to manage with a 2.5 hour layover?

b) Will I go through Immigration/Customs again once I land in San Antonio?

c) Will I get boarding passes for all three flights at the same time (i.e. when I check in at Mumbai)?
If not, where will I need to collect them from at Heathrow and Dallas?


a) Yes, you will have to clear Immigration, collect your checked baggage, then clear Customs, then recheck you luggage, then pass trough TSA to re-enter the terminal. 2.5 hours should be plenty.

b) No, you will clear US Immigration and Customs at DFW. DFW-SAT is a domestic flight.

c) You should get all three Boarding Passes when you check in with BA in Mumbai. If not, the Agent will tell you what to do. There is a BA transfer desk at LHR that can assist.

  • BA? The question says "American airlines". I have used AA several times for routes like London to San Diego via Chicago, and they always gave me both boarding passes. – Patricia Shanahan Oct 27 '16 at 0:25
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    @PatriciaShanahan OP is originating in Mumbai. The BOM-LHR sector would be flown by BA so the OP would check in with them. – Johns-305 Oct 27 '16 at 0:28
  • Hi..Johns-305 is right... the first AA flight is operated by British Airways. Thanks for both your comments and replies - It'd be good to get all the boarding passes at once. – Shreya Oct 27 '16 at 6:18

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