Travel Clearing Customs at ATL?

twiggers

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May 7, 2006
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Just curious, how much time would you leave for clearing customs in Atlanta on a Sunday afternoon?

Right now I have a ticket I'm looking at with 2.5 hours layover (both flights are delta) and we won't have checked luggage.
 

zooba

Waffling
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Sep 29, 2006
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Where are you coming from? Atlanta is usually very easy- only time I had problems was when coming from a country with some outbreak. Usually the hold up is getting bags through and clearing security. You should be fine.
 

twiggers

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May 7, 2006
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Hi Zooba,

I'll be coming in from BRU (Brussels). DH is a US citizen and I'm a green card holder...so we do have to go through the longer non-citizen line.

I think the carry-on only thing is probably going to save us tons of time everywhere!

I'm glad to hear the customs process is pretty easy....I was worried since ATL is the busiest airport in the world.
 

twiggers

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May 7, 2006
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Thanks mundo and Sarni for that information! One time I got off the cruise ship they forced me and my husband (he is a citizen) to go in the non-citizen line....last time they also had us go to the non-citizen line.

The signs at ORD said "US citizen" and so I never thought to go into it!
 

brianne1114

bag hunting...
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Aug 31, 2007
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2.5 hours is just fine.
We came back on Sunday through Atlanta at 7pm from Cancun and it was pretty busy, had to wait in line for a bit, but managed to make our connecting flight which took off at 8:30pm. I was a bit concerned because we didn't get our luggage rechecked until about 7:50pm, but it arrived just fine at our final destination.
 

jpgoeth

Shopinator
Jul 6, 2007
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Yep, you'll be fine - I remember a few years ago ATL was a huge cluster and I still got through in about an hour. I'm not sure if it was just busy or if they were remodeling or something. In March of this year I got through in 40 minutes.
 
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