Post # 1
Someone at my work just told me when traveling internationally and you have a layover flight you have to claim your luggage and they check it in again? Has anyone ever heard of this?
Im flying from New Orleans to Cancun, Mexico but I have a layover in Miami; when i arrive in Miami do i need to go claim my baggage then go check it in again or will the people at the Miami airport automatically put it with the plane for Mexico?
Has anyone ever done this recently? Or has anyone heard of this? Please help! lol
BTW we are flying American Airlines
Post # 3
I think this is only true if you have a layover coming back from overseas because your luggage has to go through customs. When I flew back from France and had a layover in JFK I remember having to recheck my luggage.
Post # 4
It will probably depend on where you have to clear customs. I’ve had my flights go both ways – they will tell you what you need to do when you check in.
Post # 5
LGenz is correct…
When you are flying back from overseas, you must claim your bags and recheck them at the first place you land on American soil. It’s because that is when you go through customs and have to declare items, etc. As far as the airport and security is concerned, your flight from New Orleans to Miami is just a domestic flight. Now, if you have the same thing in reverse coming back (Mexico – Miami – New Orleans), you will have to claim and recheck your bags in Miami.
Post # 6
It depends on the airport. I’ve had to re-check bags both exiting the US and entering it; I’ve also had times where I didn’t have to re-check them on the way out.
You will need to pick them up before going through customs in almost any country, in my experience, since you need them with you when you go through, in case you need to declare anything.
Once, when I flew from the US to China, I had to re-check my bags in LA (where I exited the US) and again in Beijing (where I entered China). So all told I had to check the bags 3 times on that one set of flights.
ETA: In my experience leaving the US it depends on how the airport is structured. Some airports have separate terminals for international, which in my experience heightens the chances of having to recheck your bags for your international flight – or if your flights aren’t with the same airlines/codeshare (very common with international flights).
Post # 7
Well we have a layover on the way home also so I guess we will have to re check luggage…I hope they do tell us because here in New Orleans most of the time people dont want to be bothered lol Thanks bees!
Post # 8
@ddw:Aw thats aweful checking bags 3 times! Did you have to pay extra baggage fees or anything like that?
Post # 9
@blondebride2: nope, it’s just a matter of collecting them and then checking them back in.
Post # 10
When I went to France, I traveled from Columbus OH- NY JFK- Madrid – Marseille, FR.
I flew w/ American Airlines and dropped my checked luggage off in Columbus and didn’t pick it up until I landed in Marseille. Probably depends on the airport though, I guess.
Now for the way back (Marseille-Madrid-NY JFK- Columbus) may be a different story..
Post # 11
I’ve had to do this in Houston. It’s not a big deal. You just grab your bags off the carousel and toss them onto another conveyor belt. They don’t get another tag put on and you don’t have to pay another fee. They will tell you on the flight what you have to do.
Post # 12
We flew BOS-MIA-St. Lucia and checked through on the way there but had to pull them in Miami on the way back to Boston. I’ve had to do similar when I fley from EUR to the US via CAN sicne Toronto has a section where you can clear US customs. I’ve never had to do it on the way out, only when entering the US with a US stop before my final destination. It’s only annoying when you have a close connection.
When you check the bags in, just ask if they will be checked through to Mexico. If so, you don’t have anything to do, if not, they will tell you to pick them up.