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    Help explaining Connecting flights etc...

    I am interested in flying to San Francisco from Edinburgh. The flights I have seen on BMI go from Edinburgh - London Heathrow (BMI) and then on to San Francisco (Virgin Atlantic).

    I have never been on a long haul that has a connection and I have never been to the US. My questions are this..

    1. Once I arrive in London from Edinburgh, I have less than 2 hours before my second flight with Virgin departs. Does this leave me enough time? and will BMI have already allowed time for this?
    2. Where am I expected to sort out all my customs/check in etc for US? Will it be done in Edinburgh or London? if it were in London, then I would definately not have time.

    I am so confused! I think its because BMI are using Virgin for the 2nd leg of the trip, I'm a little scared they would not wait for me and I would miss the flight etc...

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    a man with a white glove will be probing you whilst your virgin plane flys off into the distance...

    Your best bet is to contact the airline they will be able to put your mind at rest, they should not advertise a flight which you won't have enough connection time.

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    numptyj

    a man with a white glove will be probing you whilst your virgin plane … a man with a white glove will be probing you whilst your virgin plane flys off into the distance...



    I did fear that would be a possibility... oO

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    bigfoot100

    Your best bet is to contact the airline they will be able to put your … Your best bet is to contact the airline they will be able to put your mind at rest, they should not advertise a flight which you won't have enough connection time.



    Thanks, I have emailed them x

    I went from Newcastle to Las Vegas via Amsterdam and Minneapolis and apart from a slightly shaky moment when it turned out the check in women in Newcastle hadn't confirmed our seats for the flight from Amsterdam it was fairly easy. At each point you just go through like you would for a normal flight and sit waiting for them to call you to the gate. You don't have to check in luggage every time so that speeds things up.

    the first time i fflew connecting flight to america the connection was in a different state bout a hour and half between literally got off one flight straight to next gate to the next flight so plenty of time, the second time after the extra security from 911 i had to get off collect bag run thru customs and then stick it back on carousel and send it off again (didnt have to recheck in just move it from one to the next) before moving on to next gate but still had plenty of time with a hour and half gap.
    the main check in stuff is done at the first airport tho from my expiereance

    A couple of hours should be enough time. If worst comes to worst and you miss the flight, because you've booked it through one airline they're technically at fault and will get you on the next available flight. But as someone has already said, check with the airline for peace of mind.

    As for customs etc., you'll probably get forms to fill out on the Heathrow to San Fran flight, and you'll have to go through immigration when you get to San Fran...

    Have you done all your (annoying) visa type stuff you have to do now every time you want to go to America?

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