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Hi. Just arrived here at ohio last night. It was a crazy flight traveling with my 15 month old son, a big diaper bag and a trolley bag. Almost missed the last connecting flight from Dallas to Pittsburgh due to the long lines in immigration, security check and baggage claims. Plus Dallas DFW was a huge airport. Took a lot of walking and using the escalator getting up and down and even used the skytrain to get to the gates. Its stressing. Our plane going to pits boarding time is 5pm leavoing at 5:30. We arrived at the gate 5:20 and as I am approaching the gate, im hearing our names getting paged as a last call for the flight. Good thing we were still accepted woohoo! I think I can consider myself a strong woman doing all the process and flying for the first time with a baby, 2 connecting flights 25hrs in total and we made it. Moral lesson, have atleast 3 or better 4 hours of lay over for ur poe. Immigration lines are slow and long, and I think airports during December is so crowded. So layover hours very important!! 

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Lovexthine, on 17 Dec 2014 - 9:17 PM, said:

Hi. Just arrived here at ohio last night. It was a crazy flight traveling with my 15 month old son, a big diaper bag and a trolley bag. Almost missed the last connecting flight from Dallas to Pittsburgh due to the long lines in immigration, security check and baggage claims. Plus Dallas DFW was a huge airport. Took a lot of walking and using the escalator getting up and down and even used the skytrain to get to the gates. Its stressing. Our plane going to pits boarding time is 5pm leavoing at 5:30. We arrived at the gate 5:20 and as I am approaching the gate, im hearing our names getting paged as a last call for the flight. Good thing we were still accepted woohoo! I think I can consider myself a strong woman doing all the process and flying for the first time with a baby, 2 connecting flights 25hrs in total and we made it. Moral lesson, have atleast 3 or better 4 hours of lay over for ur poe. Immigration lines are slow and long, and I think airports during December is so crowded. So layover hours very important!! 

Hi salute you!! Wow... what an experience.

Your experience is proof that others should follow your recommendation. I agree with your assessment. Allow 3-4 hours at your POE to pass immigration and get to your connecting flight. One year ago my wife traveled through LAX as her POE and I allowed 4 hours for her connecting flight. She stated that she welcomed that and used all of it. Because of the time we allowed she didn't have to RUSH.

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That was quite an ordeal!! I am glad you and your baby made it safe and sound.

Two hours is tight for sure.


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Hi. Just arrived here at ohio last night. It was a crazy flight traveling with my 15 month old son, a big diaper bag and a trolley bag. Almost missed the last connecting flight from Dallas to Pittsburgh due to the long lines in immigration, security check and baggage claims. Plus Dallas DFW was a huge airport. Took a lot of walking and using the escalator getting up and down and even used the skytrain to get to the gates. Its stressing. Our plane going to pits boarding time is 5pm leavoing at 5:30. We arrived at the gate 5:20 and as I am approaching the gate, im hearing our names getting paged as a last call for the flight. Good thing we were still accepted woohoo! I think I can consider myself a strong woman doing all the process and flying for the first time with a baby, 2 connecting flights 25hrs in total and we made it. Moral lesson, have atleast 3 or better 4 hours of lay over for ur poe. Immigration lines are slow and long, and I think airports during December is so crowded. So layover hours very important!! 

What was traveling with a 15-month-old baby like?


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OMG! Its hard. From the province, van ride took us 4hrs going to Naia Mnl airport. Then as we enter the airport, waited for checkin to open. As it open we lined up, and he's crying already. Cried for almost 2hrs, cant do anything about it, tried every possible way to calm him down. Then during flight goint to narita, he slept on his own seat. Woke up aftr an hour, then cry again. Carried him then althroughout th e flight as we landed the airport. He doesnt want to walk. The hardest part was walking through the airport carrying him and our bags. Durng layover, I gave him some toys that saved me. So thats one very impt. Thing. Bring new toys. Then he again slept the flight going to Dallas, 12 hrs flight, he slept for 10hes out of it. Tip is as u were seatwd together, lift up the arm rest, arrange the small pillows and blanket on the plane they provided,then let him lie down, with his feet on ur lap! That saved me. I was able to sleep. Another impt. thing, dress him comfortably and in layers. He puked at me twice during the flight, and its good that I dressed him up in layers. Always have a handbag or diaper bag with bottles of milk, foods or treats, toys, diaper, baby wipes, and towels. Have it always handy. Always ask for a bottle of water from the airline staffs. U can use them.

The hardest part again is our layover in Dallas. Im so stressed out and tired. The airport DFW was so huge... A lot of people and long lines. As we were lined up waiting for turns in immigration, hes crying again. Its a disaster! Im walking as fast as I can as we finished every step. It was a pain in the blank to carry him and two bags. Good thing there were still a lot of good people who will help u on ur bags. Woohoooo! Thank God! The last leg of the flight was the hardest part. I think hes already tired and as we sit on the plane, he started crying again lasted for one hour. What I did is go to the cr and danced him to the sleep. We landed after 2.5 hrs and he's fast asleep that I need to wake him up. The walk again, ride the train to the baggage claim and saw my husband approaching us. Oh well, it was thw happiest moment. Then I knew I could rest since then. It was such an experience. And I know I deserve a pat on the back for doing a good job. One more tip, dont hesitate to ask questions on the staff, esp. Like me if u were a first time flyer on an international flight with connecting flights too. So yeah, you can do it. I think more people on the plane were considerate enough to understand and help you as you were travelling with an infant or a child. They would cry of course, get irritated and its normal. Just be calm and you should be ok:)

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Hi. Just arrived here at ohio last night. It was a crazy flight traveling with my 15 month old son, a big diaper bag and a trolley bag. Almost missed the last connecting flight from Dallas to Pittsburgh due to the long lines in immigration, security check and baggage claims. Plus Dallas DFW was a huge airport. Took a lot of walking and using the escalator getting up and down and even used the skytrain to get to the gates. Its stressing. Our plane going to pits boarding time is 5pm leavoing at 5:30. We arrived at the gate 5:20 and as I am approaching the gate, im hearing our names getting paged as a last call for the flight. Good thing we were still accepted woohoo! I think I can consider myself a strong woman doing all the process and flying for the first time with a baby, 2 connecting flights 25hrs in total and we made it. Moral lesson, have atleast 3 or better 4 hours of lay over for ur poe. Immigration lines are slow and long, and I think airports during December is so crowded. So layover hours very important!! 

They misplaced my fiancee's passport at POE and she was delayed about 4 hours.

Good thing that it was her final destination, otherwise, she would have missed her connecting flight.

3 to 4 hours should be sufficient in normal situations...but it still carries risk.


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