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Old Feb 26th 2009, 10:44 pm
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I have a two hour gap at SFO before I take the United 's connected flight to Seattle.

How is the SFO as an airport? Immigration and Customs for non-US citizens

Are there separate belts for separate airlines for rechecking baggage after exiting through customs?

Is a two hour gap between flights sufficient? Does baggage accompany the passenger and is left behind for a successive flight due to time constraints?
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Old Feb 26th 2009, 11:05 pm
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I've never been to SFO but have travelled a lot, I wouldn't get in a sweat with 2hrs layover.
I would almost guarantee you will coast through
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Default Re: Flying via SFO - Connecting Flight - United

Originally Posted by msi geek View Post
I have a two hour gap at SFO before I take the United 's connected flight to Seattle.

How is the SFO as an airport? Immigration and Customs for non-US citizens

Are there separate belts for separate airlines for rechecking baggage after exiting through customs?

Is a two hour gap between flights sufficient? Does baggage accompany the passenger and is left behind for a successive flight due to time constraints?
where are you coming in from? I've never transfered through SFO, but as far as customs and immigration then baggage goes (when picking up in arrivals of course), I've always been through and out of the terminal inside an hour. You should have no problems with a 2 hour lay over. Not much to do in the extra hour wait mind you. couple of shops and places to eat thats about it. international and internal flights are in different terminals, so youll need to take a shuttle maybe? Website below gives you an overview of the airport and will probably answer your questions better than I can!
http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/orpha...dep/index.html
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where are you coming in from? I've never transfered through SFO, but as far as customs and immigration then baggage goes (when picking up in arrivals of course), I've always been through and out of the terminal inside an hour. You should have no problems with a 2 hour lay over. Not much to do in the extra hour wait mind you. couple of shops and places to eat thats about it. international and internal flights are in different terminals, so youll need to take a shuttle maybe? Website below gives you an overview of the airport and will probably answer your questions better than I can!
http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/orpha...dep/index.html
Coming in from Auckland to SFO on Air NZ - touchdown at 11:30 AM and connecting UA flight to Seattle at 01:45 PM

Will I get thru immi and customs in an hour or so?

SFO, being a busy airport, may long queues at immi counters and customs check. Also, sfo can have foggy mornings delaying landings.

Is United efficient at loading baggage in short time spans?
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Cant speak for United baggage handlers from personal expereince but my sister landed and was out of terminal from united flight from LHR to SFO in 45 mins so you shouldnt have a problem. Yes sure, SFO can be busy at immigration and customs, but no-where near what heathrows like, and they are pretty efficient. Its a pretty small airport by US standards I think, and everything is pretty close together too.

It may take you a little longer if your flight lands at the same time as one or two from asia, but really shoud should be fine to catch your next flight. I really dont think youll have a problem getting through immigration customs and baggage inside an hour, and then checking onto your UA flight with time to spare.

As for fog, well you just cant tell. SFO fog is very unpredictable. If its foggy enough to delay landings then its also foggy enough to delay take offs so itll be OK I imagine.

I presume you have your visa's etc all sorted etc. The only delay you may have if your paperwork isnt correct and you get sent to secondary!!
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Don't panic, United is a partner with Air NZ so you will be checked right through, don't worry about the bags, 99% of the time they will make it if they don't they will come tomorrow.
If you get delayed at immigration you won't need to wait for your bags to show up on the belt they will be cruising round waiting for you.

2 hrs is plenty trust me, I'm a doctor!
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If you are not using a visa (ie travel on the Visa Waiver Program) don't forget the new electronic clearance you'll need.
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=583018
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Default Re: Flying via SFO - Connecting Flight - United

Originally Posted by msi geek View Post
I have a two hour gap at SFO before I take the United 's connected flight to Seattle.

How is the SFO as an airport? Immigration and Customs for non-US citizens

Are there separate belts for separate airlines for rechecking baggage after exiting through customs?

Is a two hour gap between flights sufficient? Does baggage accompany the passenger and is left behind for a successive flight due to time constraints?
You don't mention your status on entry. If you're arriving with, say, an immigrant visa, then it will require a trip to secondary and you should budget accordingly.
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Default Re: Flying via SFO - Connecting Flight - United

Originally Posted by msi geek View Post
Coming in from Auckland to SFO on Air NZ - touchdown at 11:30 AM and connecting UA flight to Seattle at 01:45 PM

Will I get thru immi and customs in an hour or so?

SFO, being a busy airport, may long queues at immi counters and customs check. Also, sfo can have foggy mornings delaying landings.

Is United efficient at loading baggage in short time spans?
If it's helpful - I was nervous about my connection time when Air New Zealand switched flight times on me - called them up and they booked me on a different flight.
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11:30am through 1:45pm is not rush hour at SFO so you shouldn't have any problems. In fact it is probably going to be pretty dead at that time so you should fly right through.
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Default Re: Flying via SFO - Connecting Flight - United

Originally Posted by msi geek View Post
Coming in from Auckland to SFO on Air NZ - touchdown at 11:30 AM and connecting UA flight to Seattle at 01:45 PM

Will I get thru immi and customs in an hour or so?

SFO, being a busy airport, may long queues at immi counters and customs check. Also, sfo can have foggy mornings delaying landings.

Is United efficient at loading baggage in short time spans?
Hi:

I have never arrived on an international flight into SFO since I live in L.A. So can't comment on their CBP station and baggage handling. 1:45 pm might be a good time though extrapolating from LAX -- the morning rush from Asia will have ended and the evening rush from Europe will yet to have started.

You don't say who booked your ticket -- but you might have some flexibility if you miss your flight up to SeaTac. There are several later flights on UA up north and if you are willing to stop in Portland OR, even more. I see that both ANZ and United are part of the Star Alliance -- so I note that US Air [also a part of the Star Alliance] has SFO-SeaTac flights.

As for morning fog at SFO -- I used to live in San Francisco while in Law School and have flown in many times in the 30 years since -- that is something I would NOT worry about. Where SFO is located simply doesn't experience fog. If you are landing during a winter storm, that may be a different issue, but then the flight up to Seattle will be delayed to.
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Originally Posted by Michael View Post
11:30am through 1:45pm is not rush hour at SFO so you shouldn't have any problems. In fact it is probably going to be pretty dead at that time so you should fly right through.

Thanks for your reply.

So, what is the rush hour at SFO?

11:30 AM morning March - Is it usually foggy at SFO?
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You don't mention your status on entry. If you're arriving with, say, an immigrant visa, then it will require a trip to secondary and you should budget accordingly.
I have a 10 year multiple entry B1/B2 Non-immigrant visa. I have been to US only once before - almost 10 years ago.

Will I need a trip to the secondary at Immigration?
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Originally Posted by Folinskyinla View Post
Hi:

I have never arrived on an international flight into SFO since I live in L.A. So can't comment on their CBP station and baggage handling. 1:45 pm might be a good time though extrapolating from LAX -- the morning rush from Asia will have ended and the evening rush from Europe will yet to have started.

You don't say who booked your ticket -- but you might have some flexibility if you miss your flight up to SeaTac. There are several later flights on UA up north and if you are willing to stop in Portland OR, even more. I see that both ANZ and United are part of the Star Alliance -- so I note that US Air [also a part of the Star Alliance] has SFO-SeaTac flights.

As for morning fog at SFO -- I used to live in San Francisco while in Law School and have flown in many times in the 30 years since -- that is something I would NOT worry about. Where SFO is located simply doesn't experience fog. If you are landing during a winter storm, that may be a different issue, but then the flight up to Seattle will be delayed to.

Those picture postcards showing golden gate bridge hidden in fog have earned SFO a foggy reputation.

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Originally Posted by Norri View Post
Don't panic, United is a partner with Air NZ so you will be checked right through, don't worry about the bags, 99% of the time they will make it if they don't they will come tomorrow.
If you get delayed at immigration you won't need to wait for your bags to show up on the belt they will be cruising round waiting for you.

2 hrs is plenty trust me, I'm a doctor!
Is there, usually, a long queue at US Customs

Do they X-ray scan each bag for every passenger or just collect the customs declaration form and waive most passengers off.
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