(Closed) Airport baggage question

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
5797 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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 # 9
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@blondebride2: nope, it’s just a matter of collecting them and then checking them back in.

Post # 10
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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.

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