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With a connection time of slightly under an hour, you're right that it's a possibility your bags won't make the connection. It's quite likely that your bags will be labelled (or marked in the electronic tracking system) as "hot", meaning "get this bag off the plane and onto the connecting flight ASAP". Re-checking your own luggage at Atlanta probably ...


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From the TSA's website: Duty Free Liquids: You may carry duty free liquids in secure, tamper–evident bags, more than 3.4oz or 100 ml in your carry-on bag if: The duty free liquids were purchased internationally and you are traveling to the United States with a connecting flight Just make sure you get a STEB (secure tamper evident bag) which is ...


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You will almost certainly NOT have to re-clear security - although you can't definitively rule it out. The vast, vast majority of pre-cleared flights will arrive into their US destination as if they were a "domestic" flight. ie, you will be let out into the departure area of the airport. Depending on the airport layout you may need to re-clear security in ...


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I do not think this is a concern: transferring luggage is easy going, especially as your luggage will not have to be screened again since you are a domestic arrival. Moreover DL and KLM have a highly integrated system, and the airport in Atlanta handles more than 100 million passengers a year: barring some unexpected event if you can make it to the flight - ...


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Short of arranging a longer connection (which may involve the payment of change fees) or shipping your luggage ahead (which, itself, may be result in it becoming delayed or lost), there's not really anything you can do as a passenger to ensure your bags are transferred at your connection. They're supposed to be, and airlines generally do a pretty good job of ...


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Frankly, there's not much you CAN do, and I would advise against re-checking your own luggage as this would make your connection tighter. Personally, I have had some really tight connections at busy hubs (50 min at DUB in Dublin, 1 hr at JFK in New York, and 1.25 hr at LHR in London) and I have never had any issues. Missed connections for luggage are the ...


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In my experience, when arriving in the US after a pre-clearance flight, you arrive in the post-security area of the terminal, and can catch a connecting flight without going through security at that airport, assuming that the gate you arrive at and the gate you will depart from are connected post-security.


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You can certainly buy a belt airside at ATL. Hartsfield-Jackson's website offers a directory of retail concessions, which includes pictures of most of the storefronts— you need not be familiar with the names; you can scroll through and find something that doesn't sound like a newsstand or electronics store and see from the picture or read from the blurb. ...


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I assume that you are travelling on a single ticket (sold to you in one transaction). The fact that the airline has sold you the ticket means that they think that the connection time is enough to make your next flight. They will transfer your checked luggage from one plane to the next. (Of course, keeping your carry-on luggage with you is your responsibility....


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In Atlanta it is a big hall for the Passport checks (not customs, that comes later after you collect your bags). For first timers, they will take your fingerprints and photo at the booth where the officer checks the passport. It is very swift and easy. I don't remember exactly if there were restrictions about who may use the line, but I don't think so.


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In large Airports (and ATL is a Large airport), I usually am there much more than an hour in advance. There are too many things that could go wrong, including, but not limited to: Increased number of Travelers on and around Holiday Dates Winter weather (ATL isn't too bad with this, in my experiences.) Longer lines in Security Longer lines everywhere. I ...


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Driving from Atlanta to New York City and back takes longer than 24 hours, so that's not an option (it's around 2840 km round trip). The scheduled flight time is just over two hours, so let's call that 4.5 hours round trip. For round-trip travel between the city center and the airport, you must allow at least half an hour in Atlanta and two hours in New ...


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Yes. The TSA does not care what terminal you use, and the documentation requirements do not change in any way. You are entering the same sterile area no matter which checkpoint you go through. The international terminal is the site of a pilot program using CT scanners instead of traditional X-ray machines, so who knows if that will speed things up or slow ...


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51 minutes at Atlanta is tight - but very doable. The US has no (physical) outbound immigration, so you'll be able to go directly from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The problem of course is that if your inbound flight is late then you've got very little room for problems. The LHR flight you're on is the last one out for the day, so any ...


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Hmm... Technically, I suppose all of these answers are somewhat opinion-based, but I would personally plan a bit longer than 1.5 hrs for a layover to an international flight at ATL. I usually try to plan at least that long even for domestic layovers there. While Michael is correct that, if you did miss your flight, they would put you on the next available ...


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If your flight into Atlanta is domestic (originating in the US), you should be fine. The International terminal is quite a ways away from the domestic terminal, but the light train goes there. On the return, 1.5 hours may be cutting it close, as you'll have to go through customs during that time. But for your outbound flight, I expect no problem.


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Luggage delays happen, and sometimes (often?) they'll be out of your control. What you can do, however, is to mitigate the consequences. In addition to the packing recommendations suggested in the other answers, perhaps the way to go is just to get adequate travel insurance so that if your luggage is delayed, you'll be able to re-purchase whatever items you ...


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A 53-min connection at ATL is normal and generally you would expect the bag would make your flight like 90+% of the time, else it should come on next flight (and they have a van service to deliver to your hotel/location). plan your luggage so that documents, valuables, urgent items, chargers, essential toiletries, change of clothing etc. are in carry-on. ...


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It is a valid concern. Landing in Atlanta, checked bags will be unloaded and sorted. Only those with final destination Atlanta will be brought to a baggage carousel. Bags checked for a connecting flight will be taken from plane to plane. Unloading, sorting and loading with some transporting in between will of course take a little while, but in some cases ...


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On your way to Paris, you don't have to check in or go through security at Atlanta. Your bags will be checked through and it will be just like a domestic connection as far as you're concerned. On your way home, you will need to go through passport control and customs in Atlanta. You'll go through passport control, pick up your checked bags and take them ...


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You can both go to the same passport check booth, but if you are asked to go to additional screening, whomever is with you will likely not be allowed to accompany you, even if it is your spouse. That person will then have to wait for you outside the immigration area.


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Atlanta airport is huge (the biggest in the world, IIRC), but well organised. If your baggage is checked through, one and a half hours are enough for transit between a domestic flight to an international flight. The train that connects the terminals is very easy to find and use. Of course, if your arrival is delayed you might still miss the connection, but ...


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I often do such stopovers, and 9 out of 10 times even 30 minutes is enough. Also, the international connection will typically wait (they often start late just for that reason, and they have an hour or so buffer built in for it). However, if your first flight is seriously late, you might miss the second one; but if it is not due to weather and other '...


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Most international departures at the Atlanta airport are from a terminal separate from the domestic terminal. Virgin Atlantic to LHR seems to depart from the international terminal, and your San Diego flight would be coming in to the domestic terminal. You would have to exit the domestic terminal by taking the PlaneTrain accessible on the lower level of each ...


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First of all, United does not have a flight from Frankfurt to Atlanta - you probably booked a codeshare that is operated by Lufthansa. Assuming that you booked both legs separately (i.e., they are on separate tickets), you roughly need about 2 hours in Frankfurt, as you will need to take the luggage from the belt and bring it to Lufthansa check-in. ...


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