What happens to bags on US-international connections in Toronto Pearson, and is it feasible for me to go into Toronto for a day on a long layover?
I am considering taking a Boston-Toronto-Santiago flight round-trip on Air Canada this August. Both outbound and return, the possibility exists to take a long daytime layover (up to 11.5 hrs outbound or 15 hours return) in Toronto, which would give me enough time to go into the city, which would be nice.
Based on the Pearson website connecting guide
(US<>international, Air Canada all flights) in the Santiago-bound direction, I normally wouldn’t have to clear Canadian immigration and would connect straight via the Connections/E gates to my departure gate to Santiago. Boston-bound on the return, I also wouldn’t have to clear Canadian immigration and would transit via the US Connections area, US preclearance and security screening, and head to my departure gate to Boston.
I am wondering:
- What will happen to my bags if I schedule these layovers, especially in the US-bound return. It seems like my bags will be checked straight through to Santiago and Boston without my having to claim and re-check them in Toronto, but if anyone can confirm this that would be great.
- Even if that’s the case, do airlines normally check bags through when layovers are this long?
- Since I wouldn't normally clear Canadian immigration in either direction, if I actually do head to Canadian immigration (in order to enter the country and spend some time in Toronto), will that be problematic in any way? I really don’t want to schedule an 11-hour layover in Toronto only to find that I have to stay in Pearson for the whole time.
US passport, no issues with entering Canada otherwise here.>