A layover is a stop between flights, also called a connection. While non-stop flights go straight from Point A lớn Point B, when your flight stops somewhere else en route to your final destination, it’s called a layover.

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Do you stay on the plane for a layover?

In most cases, you’ll have lớn switch to another plane, but sometimes (rarely) if the plane you are on is continuing to lớn your next destination, you’ll stay in your seat.

Do I have sầu to lớn check in again for my connecting flight on my layover?

In most cases, when you kiểm tra in for your flight, you’ll be issued boarding passes for all of your flights.

Do you have to go through customs on a layover?

If you’re entering the US from abroad, you will need to go through customs (which also means picking up checked luggage, rechecking it, & going baông xã through security) when you first land in the country. If you’re connecting abroad, you typically won’t have sầu to go through customs (though this can vary by destination) but you will need to lớn go through immigration at your point of entry.

How does luggage work with connecting flights? Do you have to recheck luggage on connecting flights during a layover?

Your checked bags will be automatically sent to your final destination if you are flying domestically or straight through to lớn an international destination. In some cases, if the layover is very long or overnight, the airline may give sầu you the option to lớn reclayên your bag during the layover.

When you’re entering the United States you’ll have khổng lồ get your bags at the first US airport you fly into, go through customs, và then re-check everything if you have another domestic flight.

Do I have to go back through security on connecting flights?

This varies by airport. In general, you won’t have sầu to lớn go bachồng through security for domestic flights—unless you have sầu to lớn switch terminals và the terminals aren’t connected post-security. If the terminals aren’t connected, you’ll need lớn go baông xã through security in the other terminal.

If you decide to lớn leave the airport for any reason, you will have to lớn go through security to get baông xã in.

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Can I leave sầu the airport during a layover?

Depending on how much time you have between flights, you can choose to leave the airport; just make sure you give sầu yourself enough time lớn get baông xã, kiểm tra luggage if necessary, và go through security.

How long should a layover be?

Generally speaking, it’s good to lớn give sầu yourself a buffer of at least one hour for domestic flights và at least two hours between international flights. It’s not always something you can control, however. An airline won’t sell you a ticket with a connection that doesn’t meet their minimum connection time, but just because the amount of time for a connection is technically possible, it doesn’t mean the experience will be without stress. If possible, book a flight with a longer layover so you don’t bít tất tay about missing your second flight due to a delay on the first.

Can I get off the plane và stay in the layover đô thị instead of the ticketed destination?

Sometimes it’s cheaper lớn book a ticket lớn a point beyond where you actually want to go. In that case, some travelers will book the ticket và get off at the layover point. This is called hidden-city ticketing. Airlines would rather you not vày that, and will cancel the rest of your flights if you miss a segment. So if you want lớn make your layover your final destination, go for it, otherwise, you’ll want khổng lồ be in your seat for all the flights.

What’s the difference between a layover and a stopover?

Layovers can range from 30 minutes lớn a full day or more. Longer layovers (generally at least a day) are also called stopovers—and they’re a great way to see another destination on one trip. If you find yourself with a stopover, you may want to take advantage of the time và leave the airport khổng lồ go sightseeing.

How vì chưng I book a long or multi-day layover?

As a general rule, airlines will only offer itineraries that have layovers less than 24 hours. If there"s no legal connection (that is, a layover under 24 hours) then most airlines won"t show a ticket for sale. However, if you notice that your route includes a stopover, you may want khổng lồ push out your next flight by a day or two so that you can spover more time sightseeing. Many booking websites offer roundtrip, one-way, and multi-city booking options, so if you notice a stopover on your proposed itinerary when looking at flights, choose the multi-city option & add in your next flight for a couple of days later. Sometimes (depending on airline & route) the cost will be similar khổng lồ the option with the shorter layover.

Some airlines, lượt thích Icelandair & TAP.. Air Portugal, let you build in miễn phí or cheap stopovers of multiple days.

How khổng lồ survive sầu a long layover

While you definitely want lớn give yourself enough time in between flights just in case of delays, if you find yourself with a layover of three lớn five hours, you find yourself wondering how khổng lồ pass the time. It’s not really enough time lớn leave sầu the airport, but more than enough time khổng lồ travel between gates.

Here are a few ideas for how khổng lồ pass the extra hours on a long layover at the airport:

Get your heart rate up. Walk around the airport and get in your steps for the day, or find an empty spot or fitness room và get in some exercise or a little yoga practice.Eat and drink. Walk or take the airport train to another terminal for different food options. Or, grab a drink & watch a sporting sự kiện. There’s almost always something on at an airport bar.Explore: Many airports have sầu special attractions like art installations, historical exhibits, or gardens.Get some sleep. Some airports often nap pods, while others are connected khổng lồ hotels, which you can sometimes rent for a few hours instead of paying an overnight rate.Get pampered: Spring for a massage, manicure, or pedicure at the in-terminal spa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp.Read or reflect: Piông chồng up a book or local newspaper, write in a journal, or use the time to lớn look through a guidebook and plan what you’d like to see and bởi on your trip.Play. Many airports have play areas for kids. For older kids & adults, a simple deông xã of cards takes up little room & provides lots of entertainment. Hit the lounge. Many credit cards include Priority Pass membership, which provides access lớn lounges around the world.

Last but not least, mix an alarm. Even if you’re paying attention lớn the time, setting a reminder to lớn get to your gate will allow you lớn enjoy your time more và worry less.