Flight to USA: Lost My Boarding Pass

Following Flight to USA experience shared by Ila.

I basically took my flight from Delhi then to Frankfurt n then Washington DC to Oklahoma city.

At New Delhi Airport

My flight was at 02:30 am. Entered the airport at 11:30 pm. Oh God, I was the only one who was crying like anything by hugging my mother at the airport and everybody was staring at me( didn’t care about anyone there). Took all my boarding pass from Delhi airport

I never sat for such a long duration flight,  but that was ok,  didn’t eat anything, was really sad.Reached Frankfurt, Germany.

At Frankfurt Airport

After the check in i have to wait for one hour.

Check in was a very simple process here. They will just check your hand bags and don’t worry guys at airports i guess u need not to ask anyone about where u have to go.

You will be directed automatically but still the staff is really helping. They will automatically get you to the place where u have to wait for your flight.

And yes keep your I-20 and passport always handy

You will be asked to show them when ever u enter at any airport.

Port of Entry : Washington DC

Took my flight to Washington DC. Immigration check was a bit long process but still not that much that was expected.

They will ask you why you are here, stamp your I-20, check your passport and staple your I-94.

It is basically a form that you need to fill in the flight before landing to usa.

Though its a simple form but still if u have any doubts, better consult a cabin crew member rather than using your minds.

Dont worry about luggage will be transferred automatically to next flight.

(HSB: Really? Did you take the bags out, clear customs and then check-in into next flight?)


MY flight was after 6 hrs for Oklahoma city. I came out from exit door because my maternal uncle was waiting outside to pick me up.

He dropped me back to the airport just one n a half hour before the flight timing. Had to go through the security check-in and security check process once again. But it was comparatively shorter..THEN came to know that flight is 3 hrs late.

I opened my bag for my boarding pass n ALASSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I was having only 1 dollar cents. I used the public booth there to call my relative, but the machine accepted my dollars but could not connect the call..NOW,,,,what to do….


Contacted the information center there. They were so gentle and helping.

They told me that it’s not a subject of worrying . I can have a new one at the time when i will be entering the flight. The woman at the computer helped me and gave me the new one..REMEMBER FREINDS when any such situation arise directly contact to the information centre and don’t panic.
They will help you as much as they can. But one more problem knocked the door and she gave me a boarding pass to Poland by mistake and the person welcoming the ppl in flight didn’t allow me (actually I didn’t see the destination)


Here finally I got the right boarding pass and landed safely to my destination.

Awesome Experience

Trust me – You are going to remember this experience for rest of your life. Thanks for sharing with us.

Few important lessons from Ila’s experience

  • Hold on to your Flight  Boarding Pass
  • Don’t panic if you lose your  boarding pass
  • Check your flight date, time and destination in your boarding pass
  • Carry cash ($1 Bill) or phone card to make phone calls.
  • She experienced how people would be helpful and piece of US Customer service.

Detailed step by step process  – What happens right after flight lands in USA.


  1. Siddarth Surana on August 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

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  2. Hi NO Insults on August 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    No need for insults bro with this cheap statement, he was just telling his sotry with excitement and didn’t know the rules. Please be gentle and not rude. >>>>(HSB: Really? Did you take the bags out, clear customs and then check-in into next flight?)

    • HSB on August 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      @Hi – It was not insult. Problem with communication via words is it doesn’t convey expression or feelings and creates misunderstanding. That’s what happened here.

      Its for exact reason I created the next blog post right away – http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/flight-lands-in-usa-port-of-entry/

      I have traveled several times to US from India and after clearing Immigration, you would have to collect the bags, loan them in the cart. Then hand over the form to Customs officer. Then check0in the bags to your next connecting flight.

      I have “never” seen an instance where airline will automatically transfer your bags without clearing the customs.

      That’s why I asked : Really? as how you would have asked when talking to someone in person.

      • HSB on August 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM

        + It took me over 15 minutes to edit the above contents (its was written for casual and informal way). It spent 15 mins, because it has valuable info.

        • ILA on August 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

          yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.seriously……….i didnt need to take my bags out n transfer it to other flight………n thanksssss HSB FOR EDITING MY STUFF…………i WILL LEARN FRM U……..:)

          • HSB on August 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

            Thanks for the update. Enjoy your stay in US.

          • ILA on August 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM

            @hsb: likes….

          • Rahul on August 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

            Did ur luggage arrived on time i.e. with ur US domestic flight?
            I am too wondering, the luggage comes on to the baggage claim where we have to pick up and go thru customs and hand over the luggage to final destination (it port of entry is not the final destination). If this is not done then most of the cases the airline staff will pick up the unclaimed baggage and keep it with them until u call n complain.
            Also regarding boarding pass in US..if u give ur last name the airlines people shuld b able to print and give u a boarding pass.

          • Ila Chaudhary on August 20, 2011 at 12:11 AM

            Well , i dont know about all this since this is my first experience to visit any international country………but in my case………it was automatically transferred to the next flight………so i do not have to worry about it……….may be becoz i got all the boarding pass in delhi itself

  3. Arun J Prakash on August 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Great information. Great to read too!

  4. Subham on August 18, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    A lot tension filled journey..particularly when u are new to a country…but yes…the officials and police are very very helpful here…i remember..I was asking for directions to a police at the New York airport … he gave me the directions, and then politely said “Thats precisely the way, but Im not an authority here and I might be wrong, so u might want to ask the person over there”….when u face such warm and obliging people at ur first step into a different country, u feel a little secured.

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