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1. Posted by TNprin (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

I am going from Memphis to Philly via Charlotte. I have a very short layover, 35 minutes. Should I carry-on my luggage or take a chance and check a bag?

2. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Since you seem to have a choice, play it safe and have carry-on only. That's my preference whenever it's feasible.

3. Posted by TNprin (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thanks bgl..that is what I thought!

4. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

Well, if you have LIQUIDS in your bag, you might want to check it. These days, they'll confiscate just about anything: shaving cream, toothpaste... I even had a souvenir bottle of maple syrup taken away.

5. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Yes, definitely something to keep in mind. But there are miniature versions (toothpaste etc.) that are legal in carry-on.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 7y

I would always opt for carry-on only if I can manage to fit it all in. And usually that's not too much of a problem. Aside from making it easier to transfer, it also:

  • reduces the chances of lost luggage
  • makes check-in easier (usually you can just do an e-check in)
  • ensures you aren't carrying more than you need to
  • saves having to wait to pick up your luggage

Disadvantage is you might have to get rid of some things that won't be allowed on a plane. But that's not really that big a problem.

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 7y

35 minutes!!!

Suggest you have a backup plan ready

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

A 35 minute layover? Whoever booked your flights this connection time needs re-training. The gate will probably be shut by the time you get to it unless you are an olympic and world champion sprinter. You should never have less than an hour between connecting flights as a recommendation. All you can hope for is that your plane is early arriving or your connection has a delay. I travel an awful lot, in fact I just got in from one night in Paris this morning. Very nice it was too. I did two flights from the UK to CDG as it was very much a last minute booking and my connection was 2 hours at LGW. I wouldnt ever consider 35 minutes.

9. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Not necessarily a problem (assuming the incoming flight is on time). Minimum connecting time is different at different airports, and if you arrive and leave on the same airline (which I assume is the case here - my guess is US Airways), then this is what the airline has decided can be done. After all, it's not in the airline's interest to have passengers miss their connections! Charlotte is a smaller airport, and the comparison with Gatwick is not valid. I have made numerous connections at various airports in the USA in under an hour, incoluding at major airports like Los Angeles.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jul-2009, at 09:50 by bgl ]

10. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

If you have 2 domestic flights, connecting at a small airport, 35 minutes MIGHT be possible... but really, that is cutting it VERY close. On international connections, you'd be crazy to accept less than a 1 1/2 hour layover.