We are flying from Toronto to Paris with British Airways. The first flight from Toronto flies into JFK (terminal 8) with code airlines American Eagle on a Canadair Regional Jet 700. We are told that our carry on will most likely be 'gate checked' even though our carry on is below the required measurements since they have very little room under seats or overhead bins. Our connection is from Terminal 7 and there is a 2 hour connection time.
First of all, by gate change would our luggage: be then need to be picked up at the carousel? Would it be sent and hopefully make the next BA flight to Paris. Or will we be able to pick it up as we exit the plane on the tarmac or airbridge (whatever that is)
We are concerned there may not be enough time or that it will be lost.. How do we try to avoid any problems? (have a check in bag when we check in at Toronto instead of relying on carry on bags?) .....any suggestions?