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Does JFK offer gate passes to pick-up/drop-off unaccompanied minor?

In general, gate passes are issued by the airlines, not by the airports. JetBlue's website implies that they do generally issue gate passes to allow guardians to meet unaccompanied minors: Drop-off ...
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In practice, is travelling from Philadelphia to JFK by rail for a flight connection as easy as doing the same by air?

In practice, you are better off booking a single ticket PHL-AMS with a connection at JFK or somewhere else. While it is certainly possible to take the trains from Philadelphia, you would have to make ...
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Options for JFK to EWR transfer

As a New Yorker, the subject line alone made me cringe. That is not a transfer I’d be happy to attempt. And doing it the Sunday after a Friday New Year’s? That sounds like a recipe for disaster. ...
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Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?

The $5 surcharge of the AirTran is only collected at the terminal stops, so when transferring to the Subway or entering the airport. If you're looking to avoid that charge, you can take the AirTran to ...
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Why isn't there a direct train from JFK to Manhattan?

By the time air travel became economically accessible to the masses, such that high-classed public transportation to airports was on the political radar at all, New York City was already one of the ...
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In practice, is travelling from Philadelphia to JFK by rail for a flight connection as easy as doing the same by air?

No, it is definitely not as easy. Aside from the 3 train rides and hauling baggage around on trains that others have mentioned, if you book by air, your bags will be checked through all the way to AMS ...
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Can I park at JFK and use AirTrain if I am not flying?

Nothing in the Port Authority's JFK parking rates and information page says anything about parking being reserved for passengers; certainly, I have never seen or heard of anyone being asked to present ...
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Traveling from JFK to Manhattan with 6 bags

With that much luggage, the train or the subway isn't really practical; there's just no way to carry that much and lug the bags up/down steps and escalators. I'd probably just take a taxi. It's a ...
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How to get from Manhattan to JFK by subway?

When you arrive on Greyhound in NYC, you will be in one of the underground levels of the Port Authority bus terminal. From here, take the escalators one level up to the subway level. The lower level ...
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Arriving at JFK Airport; how does the taxi queue work?

How does it work? You go and stay in the queue for the taxi, usually just outside the terminal. When it's your turn, you get inside the taxi and tell the driver your destination. And than you ride in ...
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JFK to New Jersey on a student's budget

While the train option outlined by mazeem is probably the best balance of time and cost for most people, there is a less expensive option for those who have more time. Namely, you can take the MTA ...
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Getting from New York JFK airport to Manhattan, without the sneaky airtrain exit fee?

Yes, it's totally doable, I walked it on Friday night from Howard Beach subway-A to Airtrain Lefferts Boulevard: ~30min. Nice Christmas houses at Howard Beach, but: It's much quicker to step down at ...
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How to transfer from JFK to Newark using public transportation?

There's also an option of a direct shuttle connection. ETS Air Shuttle has scheduled minibuses between JFK and EWR. The cost is $32 each way and, depending on the traffic, it takes 60-90 minutes. It ...
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Is there a JFK airport hotel which allows cats?

Several hotels in the area listed on Trip Advisor as "pet friendly" but only accept dogs. Blatant discrimination! La Quinta JFK accepts cats and there is no surcharge.
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Why did Singapore Airlines decide to discontinue the longest non-stop flight in the world?

It was fairly widely reported that fuel costs made the flights uneconomical. The maintenance of the A340-500s SIA retained specifically for the flight also contributed, as they only had five A340-...
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Which is the NYC airport with the quickest customs operations?

Starting from London, the quickest option is to take BA1 from LCY to JFK on the "babybus". That undergoes pre-clearance at Shannon in Ireland whilst refueling, and so lands as a "domestic" flight. ...
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Why isn't there a direct train from JFK to Manhattan?

There used to be, in the early 1980s: Wikipedia - JFK Express It ran more or less along the A train tracks as an express where a single door opened at the stations and you paid an additional fare. At ...
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At JFK, can you move between terminals airside on domestic flights?

No. The only way to get from one terminal to another is to exit the terminal and take the air train or a shuttle bus. A possible exception to this is for Delta, which operates in Terminals 2 and 4. ...
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Solo traveller from UK to John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY

Don't worry! Loads of people fly the same route every day, and there are people who can help you at JFK if need be. Before you travel you should apply via "ESTA" which is like a visa. If your ...
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Which is the NYC airport with the quickest customs operations?

The answer depends not only on the airport, but also on the airline (as there are multiple immigration/customs areas in each airport) and the time of day. The US CBP has a website where you can check ...
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Does JFK offer gate passes to pick-up/drop-off unaccompanied minor?

Have a looksie at the following link: http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webcgi.exe?New,Kb=askBlue,case=obj(675) "Please note, the parent/guardian must request a gate pass at the airport ticket ...
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How to go from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1 at JFK?

JFK has an AirTrain which runs every few minutes between all the terminals. This would be the fastest way to travel between them, you can also walk. After going through customs/security (depending ...
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Which plane am I flying on?

Did a contract at a major Australian airline, where I was required to fly on specific planes on specific days. Even up to 30 min before, our own internal systems might show one plane, and then ...
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Options for JFK to EWR transfer

Google is giving me public transit times ranging from 1h 30min to 1h 55min for a trip from JFK to Newark, arriving at 5:30 pm this Sunday. If I were you I would look very seriously at the latest ...
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What is the schedule of the free 'car rental shuttle' at JFK?

The cheapest option to get to the city is to take an MTA bus directly from the airport. You can transfer for free to one other bus line or, if you use a prepaid MetroCard "gold", to the subway. The ...
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Transfer from JFK Terminal 4 to Terminal 7

From Terminal 4 to Terminal 7, you can take the first AirTrain that arrives, in either direction, but the The Jamaica/Howard Beach is quicker. The AirTrain is outside the Terminal so you will have to ...
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JFK to New Jersey on a student's budget

Best way of inexpensive travel would be via MTA / rail line. You would catch the AirTran JFK Red line at the JFK airport terminal towards Jamica Station. From there, take the next available line to ...
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Transfer from JFK Terminal 2 to Terminal 4

Yes. The Delta Shuttles operate airside. Passengers using this do not have to pass TSA again at the other Terminal building. Note, this is only for domestic arrivals. International arrivals must ...
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Will British Airways agents do due diligence before letting me board the plane?

Yes, airline staff in general will do a check that you have the necessary documentation to enter your destination country. This is because they are subject to costs if they fly a person who is not ...
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Heathrow change in terminal flight UK Border control check?

No, there is no need to pass through immigration control in this circumstance. Simply follow the purple signs to the new terminal. The inter-terminal bus system is before immigration control. See ...
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