I will be making my first non-direct flight to Europe this summer and have no idea what to do at the Frankfurt airport. My travel agent keeps giving me conflicting info so I'm literally giving myself a headache over it.
I'll be on a US Airways flight landing at 6:25 a.m. in Frankfurt and then taking a connecting flight to Florence after a 5 hour layover. I'll be flying business/Envoy class if that will make any difference to procedure.
I get off the plane and then do what?
My thinking is: I deplane, head towards baggage claim and along the way encounter passport control. Go through it, continue to baggage claim, then have to reenter the airport, stand in line like a "new" passenger to check my bag and re-do security. Right or wrong?
My TA seems to think that I don't have to re-do security, but I have no idea how I'd get from rechecking my bag to my gate w/o going through security. Is there a special baggage claim for those with connecting flights that takes you through a "back door"? She previously told me I wouldn't need to claim my bag, but now says I have to.
Explain it to me like I'm an alien, because that's how all this makes me feel :)
Thank you for all replies.