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  • Connection Issues
    Jun 25, 2015
    My daughter is flying from ATL to Brisbane, AU, connecting in LAX. It seems as though she will end up having to check her carry on. Will she be able to do this with a 2.5 layover? Also, will she have to check the bag at terminal 3 and then depart from the international terminal?


    Yes, if she is flying Virgin Australia and her bags are not tagged through to Brisbane, she will have to take her bags to Terminal 3, check them with Virgin Australia, then go to the International Terminal, go through security, and to her departure gate.


  • Fiji - SFO connection timing
    Jun 25, 2015
    I am flying into LAX from Fiji and arriving at 1:25pm. My connection is on Virgin America to SFO at 3:30pm. Is that enough time to get through customs and immigration to terminal 3? Thanks!


    That's barely possible. I recommend 3 hours for this type of connection to give some buffer, but 2 is possible.


  • 8/2 arr Phil Air TBIT 7:30PM dep Southwest T1 9:10PM - doable?
    Jun 24, 2015
    Sunday 8/2 arriving Phil Air TBIT 7:30PM departing Southwest T1 9:10PM - Is this doable or a long shot? 1 hour, 40 minutes


    I think that will be very difficult. I would get a hotel and change your Southwest flight to the next morning.


    Actually I looked at the wrong day on the Southwest schedule, and the departing flight would be at 10:05PM. This would give us 2 hours, 35 minutes. Easy, doable, or a long shot?


    And I forgot to mention we are 2 adults and 2 kids, age 4 and 7, so there won't be a lot of sprinting involved here. :)


    Well, that will be doable, but it does depend on your Philippines flight arriving on-time.


  • Southwest arriving 10:45AM to departing Asiana 12:40 - enough time?
    Jun 22, 2015
    We are arriving on Southwest (Term 1) at 10:45AM and departing on Asiana (Intl.) at 12:40 - is that enough time? 2 adults plus 2 small children and I bag each, probably too big for the kids to handle.


    You'll have to hope your southwest flight is on-time, your bags come out quickly, and then run to the international terminal.


    Yes, after reading some of the other posts here, we are looking at other options.


  • Connecting to International from Terminal 5
    Jun 26, 2015
    My daughter is arriving from SEA at Terminal 5 at 11:25am and needs to get to International Terminal for 1:45pm flight to AMS. Flights are booked on same ticket. What is the fastest way to get from Terminal 5 to International Terminal? Will she need to go through TSA security check again?


    The fastest way is just walking along the curbfront. She will make a left as she exits T5, it is a short walk to the International Terminal. Yes, she will have to go through security in the International Terminal.


    Thanks for your reply. My daughter's flight arrived in LAX at 11:16, but she didn't get off the plane until 12:03 because they had to wait for a gate. She got off at Terminal 5 and walked to International Terminal. She got to the security line at 12:21, and to her gate at 12:53. She was texting me throughout so that's how I know the exact times. Glad she made her connection, because she absolutely had to be on that flight. Next time I would leave a little more time between connections to be safe.


  • Salt Lake to Sydney via LAX
    Jun 21, 2015
    We are flying from SLC to SYD via LAX. We arrive terminal 5 at LAX from SLC at 9:38 PM, and then depart LAX terminal 5 for SYD at 10:14 PM. This seems really tight. Will this be enough time? This is one booking. Our bags will presumably be checked through. It sounds like we're leaving from the same terminal at LAX that we're arriving to, but will we have to go through international security? Worried about making this connection.


    There is no "international security". You just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate and board the plane. It obviously doesn't leave any time to spare if the flight from SLC is delayed, but it's doable.


  • Qantas arriving LAX transfer to Southwest to LAS
    Jun 21, 2015
    We are arriving LAX on Qantas at 6.30am and plan to depart on Southwest at 10.40am to LAS. Is ther sufficient time for us to complete arrival procedures and check in to the Southwest flight with checked baggage?


    We will be arriving on an international flight from Australia


    Yes, that should be enough time. After clearing customs in the international terminal, follow signs for passengers ending their journey in LAX, not connecting passengers, walk along the roadway to your left (against vehicle traffic) until you get to Terminal 1.


    Thank you for your prompt and detailed reply


  • Any company that accompanies pax to next flight
    Jun 19, 2015
    Son aged 15 is travelling from MEL Australia to LAX on Qantas, then on to Montreal on Air Canada. Is there any company that would provide an escort thro US immigration to bag pick up toCustoms and all the way to new boarding gate? Also how long best to allow between flights?


    Allow at least 3 hours between flights. No, there is no such service.


  • Air Tahiti Nui to Aeromexico
    Jun 19, 2015
    Hello I arrive at 11.15 into the International terminal (with Air Tahiti) and have a flight with Aeromexico from Terminal 2 at 13.30. These are on separate tickets and I'll have to check in bags. The Aeromexico flight was at 1415 when I bought tickets but they have moved it forward. I have asked Aeromexico several times If I will have enough time and if not to change me to a later flight but they aren't replying! Any advice very gratefully received. Thanks


    2 hrs 15 minutes is possible if everything goes perfectly. Be sure to follow the signs to the left once you exit customs in the internetional terminal, not the signs for connecting passengers. Then exit the terminal, and go left (against the flow of vehicle traffic) until you get to Terminal 2.


  • T4 to International Terminal
    Jun 18, 2015
    I arrive LAX 12:35 in terminal 4 and have an international flight at 3:30. Van I make it? I am booked through Qantas with 1 ticket, but I am not sure if the bags will be transported from American Airlines to Air Tahiti Nui even though they were both booked through Qantas. Thanks


    The bags should be checked through to Air Tahiti Nui, but Air Tahiti Nui has lousy IT procedures so they will have to check your passport and re-issue your boarding pass. Anyway, you have enough time. Terminal 4 is right next to the International Terminal.


  • Southwest flight to International Terminal & Customs
    Jun 18, 2015
    If I land at 3:00 pm at LAX from Southwest (Terminal 1) will I make a connection on Aeroflot (Terminal B Ton Bradley) at 4:55 pm? Is that enough to get to the terminal and through customs? Thanks!


    You do not go through US Customs when leaving the US. However, it will be barely enough time to claim your bags from Southwest, take them to the International Terminal, and then check them with Aeroflot.


    Thanks so much for the feedback! I'll taqke the earlier flight to be on the safe side.


  • Time to connect from terminal 4 to terminal B
    Jun 17, 2015
    I arrive at LAX terminal 4 at 8:04 am by American Airlines and have international flight of Cathay Pacific from terminal B at 9:40. I am 5 months pregnant with one 4 year old kid. Do you think I will be able to make up to the connecting flight within this time?


    Were the tickets purchased separately or on one reservation. If one reservation your bags will be transferred to Cathay, you just have to walk from T4 to the International to Terminal and go through security. You'd have enough time. If two separate reservations you'd have to transfer bags yourself and I don't think there's time to do that.


    Thank you so much for your response. The tickets were purchased on one reservation, so i am pretty sure that the checked in bags will be transferred to Cathay directly. I was only worried about walking from T4 to international terminal and clearing the security in time to catch the connecting flight, all within 1.5 hrs.


    Yes, as long as your AA flight is on-time it should be very possible. It's a very short walk from T4 to the International Terminal and security lines in the International Terminal usually aren't too bad.


  • LAX T7 to T1 connection time
    Jun 16, 2015
    I'm arriving on UA 935 at 1.45 pm, into Terminal 7, on a Monday. The schedule does not show any other flight arriving at that time, so hoping for a quick Immigration/Customs time (say, 1 hour). I need to catch a flight from LAX to SJC and the cheaper ones are in Southwest, in Terminal 1. There are two options - one at 3.50 pm and another at 6.05 pm. Would the 3.50 pm flight be too risky ? Southwest requires baggage checkin 45 mins before the flight so I would have 80 mins from landing to get to T1 checkin.


    The 3:50 one would be possible if your united flight is on-time and you hurry.


    Thanks Zap. I was inclining towards 3:50 flight as well. If I don't make it, I'll post an update :)


  • Domestic to International, ~2:30 hr enough time?
    Jun 16, 2015
    Hi all, I will be arriving at terminal 4 at 9:05 am via American Airlines and want to catch an Air China flight from terminal 2 at 11:30 am. These are separate tickets. Does this leave enough time in your estimation? I think I'll be able to walk between the terminals-- should I run? And would it behoove me to only bring a carry-on bag? Any advice is appreciated!


    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. Even if you check a bag.


    Thank you Zap!


  • Flight connections
    Jun 16, 2015
    I arrive in a flight from las at 8:20pm terminal 5 delta and have a connecting flight to Sydney australia va terminal 3. Delta has told me that my luggage with be checked from vegas to Sydney is this true and does that mean I won't have to go thru immigration at lax again


    Yes, that is true. You do not go through US Immigration when leaving the US. Your Virgin Australia flight will actually depart from the International Terminal (their check in desk is just in Terminal 3). So all you have to do is walk from T5 to the International Terminal and go through security.


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