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After clearing US customs we want to meet Santa Monica based son for dinner before our 8:30pm flight to PDX. Do you advise dining at airport restaurant given layover time of 3 hours? Where?
The only restaurants outside security is the food court in the international terminal, and the food there is atrocious. Also, you don't really have time anyway.
Hi,

I have a flight from BOS to LAX to BNE on Delta soon, then back from SYD to LAX to BOS.

Delta reps have said a 1hr 45 min layover to BNE and a 1hr 15 min layover to BOS will be sufficient. They also say the luggage will be checked through, and we won't have to pick it up. They also say, at least on the way out, both the arrival and departure will be in Terminal 5.

But if you ask Virgin Australia about the same flight...which they codeshare... they'tt tell you a different terminal, you have to walk your bags, etc.

So who's right? Has anyone gone to and from AU from LAX recently? What terminal, layover and luggage issues did you have (or not have)?
Almost everything they told you on the phone is wrong. On the way out you will arrive in Terminal 5 and depart from the International Terminal, your bags will be checked through and 1 hr 45 is enough time. it is now possible to go from T5 to the International Terminal inside security. on the return 1 hr 15 minutes definitely is NOT enough time. You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Custons, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go to Terminal 5 and go through security.
My friend is arriving from Vancouver at Terminal 7 at 4.30 pm and leaving from TBIT for Brisbane at 11.20 pm. I am leaving from TBIT for Fiji at 11.30 pm. Where is the best place to meet?
You can meet at the security checkpoint in the TBIT
Will my frind have to go thru the security checkpoint again at TBIT?
If he's on two separate reservations and has checked baggage, yes, he will.
Thanks for the help
Flying into Lax from Phx. Land at 8:30am. On a separate ticket flying with Turkish airlines at 16:55. What time does the check-in desk open to check in our luggage. Any ideas where we can hang out until then?
I imagine the Turkish check-in desk will open at about 12:30-13:00.

You can take a taxi to Santa Monica, it only takes about 20 minutes.
I'm looking to arrive at LAX from Atlanta on AA at 6.45pm, then have a 10.05pm flight to Australia with Qantas - is this enough time?
Yes, that is plenty of time. If both tickets are on the same reservation all you have to do is go through the new connector building to the International terminal and to your departure gate.
Can you stay in the terminals during closed hours in the areas before passing through security?
I have an overnight layover and was hoping not to have to pay for a hotel
Yes, you can, although there's not much to do outside security in any terminal other than the International Terminal (I believe the International Terminal food court closes at about 11 PM and reopens at about 4 or 5 AM - maybe the McDonalds stays open all night).
I'm arriving at LAX from Dubai on Aug 20 at 8:00PM at TBIT. I have to go through customs, collect my luggage, re-check in and make it to the next flight at 10:45 to Phoenix on United (Terminal 6 or 7)
That will be difficult. Your United flight will depart from Terminal 7 or 8 - check in and security are in Terminal 7. It's not impossible but things will have to go smoothly and you'll have to hurry.
Thanks a lot ZAP. I have two individual tickets for Emirates and United. Will I be able to check in my baggage through the re-check desk at TBIT? Or will I surely have to carry it all the way to terminal 7?
You will have to carry it to Terminal 7.
Travelling with AA in SEP from sydney to LA. FLIGHT change over in Lax. Do i need to clear customs and reclear by check luggage before i go to domestic terminal and recheck in. or bags will dieectly at vegas i can directly walk to domestic terminal for Vegas flight. Layover time 3 hrs.
Yes, you will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, walk next door to Terminal 4, and go through security and to your departure gate. You have enough time.
We arrive at LAX on Delta from Tahiti around 6:30pm but do not leave for Salt Lake until 7:00 the next morning on the same ticket. Can we leave security and get a hotel? We really hate to spend the night there
Delta does not fly to or from Tahiti. When you clear US Customs you will be outside security and free to go where you want, including a hotel. You won't be able to re-check your bags until the morning so you'll have to bring them with you to the hotel.
I guess it is an Air France, code share Delta flight we take from Tahiti to LAX. The flight then onto Salt Lake the next morning is a Delta flight. Both flights are on the same ticket. Will we recheck bags after clearing customs from Tahiti? I have always done that. That would mean we would not have bags with us for the hotel stay in LA. Is that correct? It would certainly speed things up the next morning if we did not have to check bags. I assume because both flights are on the same ticket we will have boarding passes. Is that correct? Would we just need to go from our hotel, go through security and then onto security? What terminal would we be going out of to go to Salt Lake on Delta? How much time should do we need to allow in the airport? Would we need to go to the Delta desk again?
I fly from SFO to LAX by AA and then fly Qantas to Sydney but both reservation are with AA. Can I ask them to ship my luggage to Sydney? 2 hours layover at night (flight to Sydney around 11:35 PM) is enough?
Yes, your luggage will go straight to Sydney. All you have to do is walk through the new secure walkway from your arrival gate in T4 or T6 to your departure gate in the International Terminal. You have enough time.
Thanks. Should I call AA ahead or just wait until I am check in?
You don't have to call them about anything - your bags will automatically be tagged to Sydney when you check-in.
Thanks