The Chicago Department of Aviation launched Terminal Transfer Bus service from TERMINAL 3 to TERMINAL 5

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) today launched a new transportation service in partnership with American Airlines

 

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) today launched a new transportation service in partnership with American Airlines to eliminate the need for connecting passengers to be re-screened before boarding international flights. Beginning on June 19, CDA will operate a Terminal Transfer Bus (TTB) service to transport ticketed passengers connecting from American Airlines domestic arrivals in Terminal 3 to international departures at International Terminal 5 via the secure side of the airport. 

 The new program strengthens O’Hare International Airport’s position as a leading international gateway by offering 60 percent of passengers connecting from flights at domestic gates a more direct path to international flights departing Terminal 5.

 In addition to the direct benefit for connecting passengers, the Terminal Transfer Bus is expected to benefit Chicago international travelers through a daily reduction of passengers at the TSA checkpoint in Terminal 5. The volume of passengers using the T5 security checkpoint could be decreased by as many as 1,000 passengers per day, which will in turn shorten security lines and wait times for passengers during peak periods. 

Prior to implementation of this service, all connecting passengers who arrived at domestic terminals would be required to exit security and then be re-screened at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint in Terminal 5 in order to board an international flight. Passengers who use the new service do not need to be re-screened because they will remain on the secure side of the airport as they travel from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5.

 In addition to the elimination of double screenings, the TTB will reduce in-airport travel time by about five minutes for passengers connecting from Terminal 3 to international flights. Two buses will run from 10:30 am to 8 pm daily, with buses operating continuously on secure routes from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. Passengers will be picked up from two locations near Gate G17 and Gate K20 in Terminal 3. The bus will drop passengers off at the M Concourse of Terminal 5. The buses and bus stops are ADA compliant. Initially, the Terminal Transfer Bus will be offered seasonally during spring, summer and early fall, when connecting traffic is at peak levels.

Source: https://www.flychicago.com/business/media/news/pages/article.aspx?newsid=1386

Baggage Information – What to Check and What to Carry-On

What to know regarding baggage information and airline restrictions for carrying-on and checking luggage BEFORE you travel!

On a trip from Laguardia to O’hare International Airport, items mysteriously disappeared from my checked baggage. The airline was not of much help, the process of filing a claim was tedious, lengthy and resulted in disappointment. Through the process of losing items from my checked bag, I learned that many items (when checked in your bags) are NOT covered by airlines insurance policies. See below for links to baggage information for airline carriers.

Your Checked Baggage – General Information 

Some items you can check in your baggage, but you must declare when checking. Items such as: explosives, firearms, alcoholic beverages, animal products, etc., should always be declared when you check your baggage. If not declared, fines and penalties may be enforced (read American Airlines “Restricted Items” page).  

Other items, you may check in your baggage (suitcase or luggage), however, they will not be insured by the airlines should they be damaged, stolen, lost or missing. Below is a list of items you should not check in your luggage because will not be insured, or covered, by airlines policies (check your individual carrier for specifics, links below).  

  • Antiques, Artifacts and Artworks
  • Books and Documents
  • China
  • Computers, Computer software or other computer equipment  
  • Electronic equipment
  • Fragile items (including child/infant restraint devices such as strollers and car seats)
  • Eyeglasses (prescription sunglasses, non-prescription sunglasses and other eyewear and eye/vision devices whether lenses are glass, plastic, or some other material)
  • Furs and Heirlooms
  • Keys
  • Liquids (such as perfume)
  • Medicines
  • Orthotics or surgical supports
  • Perishable items
  • Photographic, video and optical equipment
  • Securities and negotiable papers (includes contracts)
  • Samples (such as clothing samples) 
  • Precious metals, stones or jewelry, money, silverware 
  • Unique or irreplaceable items or any other similar valuable items (Which can mean almost anything!)

You can always purchase additional travel insurance from the airline, purchase travel / baggage insurance from your Credit Card (American Express offers this to their cardholders), or purchase travel insurance from a third party, such as baggage coverage through Travel Guard. If you would like more information on purchasing travel insurance you may always contact us

General Baggage Information – Restrictions and Regulations for U.S. Domestic Airlines:

General Baggage Information – Restrictions and Regulations for International Airlines:

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