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A layover is a short stop at a transitional point in a journey or a break between the flight legs of the connecting flight when passengers leave the aircraft. 

Depending on the flight, passengers either stay in the airport transit zone during the layover or exit it, collect checked baggage, and go through clearance procedures again to board the plane for the next flight leg.

A layover is different from a stopover in terms of duration. Layovers are typically short, lasting from 30 minutes to 24 hours for international trips, while a stopover is longer than 24 hours. In domestic travel, a layover is a stop no longer than 4 hours.