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I'm traveling with American Airlines from Toronto Pearson and catching a connecting flight in Chicago Ohare to Tokyo Narita. My question is do I need to pick up my luggage at Chicago and recheck again? I only have one hour and 20 min till catching my flight to Tokyo. Is that enough time?? I'm worried that I'm going to miss my flight. Can someone please tell me or tell me a number I can call to ask?

  • Are your YYZ-ORD and ORD-NRT flights on the same ticket, or two separate tickets? – choster Oct 28 '16 at 19:01
  • I think it's on the same ticket...not quite sure but how can I find that out? – Sayadan Oct 28 '16 at 21:38
  • @Sayadan Did you book them in one booking? If so, it is a single ticket – Crazydre Nov 2 '16 at 4:06
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Just flew that route a few weeks ago. No, you don't, you will go through US customs pre-clearance at YYZ (Toronto) and your bags will be checked through. Traveling in the opposite direction would be different.

By the way, be sure to leave enough time at YYZ, it's been horrible recently, I left 2.5 hours for an 08:45 flight and it was not enough time to be comfortable at all. Most of the bottleneck is in security rather than US customs.

I wouldn't worry too much about O'Hare, you have a domestic connection, there is a fast train between terminals if you have to change, and it seems to me that flights out of O'Hare are late more often than not (or maybe just my luck).

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Normally, when entering the US (anyone making a connection still needs to enter the US), you need to collect the baggage, go through customs and re-check the baggage on the connections belt.

However, you will enter the US at Toronto (rather than Chicago), and thus already be customs-cleared on arrival in Chicago, whereby you'll end up directly in the departures lounge. As such, since it's a single ticket, the baggage will be checked through.

This also means that if your flight to Chicago should be very late and you end up missing the connection, your onward trip is the responsibility of the airline. However, unless it is late, you will make the connection for sure.

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