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An article that begins "could a potential ..." is great for light reading, and might indicate something to keep in the back of your mind, or a heads up to keep an eye out for something substantive on the subject ....

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Travel reporters live on the controversies that "might" happen. Think about all the headlines such as "Could COVID ruin your trip?" we saw in the past two years. "Will cases rise?" "Is your airplane clean?" Personally, I avoid East Coast change of planes as I find them annoying. West Coast to Europe is the only was to go!

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Personally, I avoid East Coast change of planes as I find them
annoying.

I’ve been pondering this lately. If I can’t get a nonstop flight from Chicago to Edinburgh, for example, do you think it’s better to select an airline that will have my flight connect in Europe as opposed to the East coast (Newark or DC)?

For now, I’m trying to only go places where I can get a nonstop flight. But, at some point, I’d like to venture out beyond those options.

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For Chicago-Edinburgh, Dublin and London work.

Posted by
203 posts

But if you connect in Europe, don't you have to go through immigration and baggage screening again? We've had to in Frankfurt and it ate up so much time we missed our connection.

Posted by
6871 posts

It really depends on which U.S. airport you want to connect through. All airports are not created equal.

We live in the Mid South, and we try to connect thru Atlanta and Charlotte when flying to Europe. We've also flown through Boston without any issues--other than having to spend the night there coming back. We still miss Norwegian Air Shuttle flying out of Orlando though.

Last time my wife flew home, she was routed through JFK--and she knew she made a mistake connecting there.

Posted by
945 posts

That's good to hear, David. I'm connecting through Atlanta for the first time on my upcoming trip to AMS.

Posted by
1304 posts

Thanks everyone!!! The responses have promoted even more questions, so i think i'm better off starting a new thread.

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945 posts

But if you connect in Europe, don't you have to go through immigration and baggage screening again?

Does anyone know the answer to this question lisa asked? I'm curious too.

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But if you connect in Europe, don't you have to go through immigration and baggage screening again? We've had to in Frankfurt and it ate up so much time we missed our connection.

By 'baggage screening', are you referring to checked bags or your carry-on items?

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My sister and I are starting our 3rd international trip together in about three weeks. Our method is that we want our first flight to take us out of the USA. This philosophy evolved from trip where our outbound flight to the East Coast was delayed and we came incredibly close to missing our connecting flight to Europe. There was a very real prospect of losing a day in Italy. It's less stressful to go Denver to out-of-the-country and booked early, it's cost effective, too.