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Connecting flights - can I leave the airport

Travel Forums General Talk Connecting flights - can I leave the airport

1. Posted by VKKP (Budding Member, 2 posts) 26 Feb '13 08:06

Hi,

I am planning on going to Miami (from Europe) in May. When leaving Miami, the flight connects in Newark, and I actually have 9 hours before the flight from Newark to Oslo departs. Since the train is very efficient, I was looking into the possibility of getting some hours in NYC as well. But these hours would be a lot fewer if I had to pick up my checked in luggage, take it with me out of the airport, and then check them in again once I return from NYC. Or is it possible to actually leave the airport whithout having to pick up the luggage?

I am not a US citizen/resident.

Thanks for all help!

:)

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1575 posts) 26 Feb '13 08:16

No one can answer your question when you give no clue which airline(s) you're flying with on the two separate legs between Miami-Newark and Newark-Oslo, but I'll venture a guess that the Newark-Oslo leg is where you clear US CBP (Customs and Border Protection) to leave the US, so yes, you'll have to check-in with your luggage.

This is easy for you to confirm though, simply call your airline.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by VKKP (Budding Member, 2 posts) 26 Feb '13 14:28

Thanks for your answer!

I can ellaborate: United is the airline for both flights. Is it not possible to clear US CBP on the first flight? And if I do, I would not be able to leave the airport in Newark anyway, right?

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1575 posts) 26 Feb '13 14:54

I think you've nailed it, but here's another thought...

When you land in Newark hunt down NBS to store your luggage. The desk is located between Carousel 1 and 2 in Terminal C. It has a United sign on it. Just go there and call NBS at 908-933-0503 and someone will show up in a few minutes.

Rates as of January this year were $10 for the first bag and $5 for the second, plus $5 per bag each day.

This will give you several hours for exploring before you have to check-in for your flight.

Important: Take everything of value with you, of course...

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry