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  • Connecting flight, different airlines: Security?
    Jun 14, 2016
    Hi, I am flying into LAX on Alaska, then departing for Cancun on Virgin America. They both use Terminal 3 I believe. Will I need to go through security again at LAX? Thanks.


    That is incorrect. Alaska currently uses Terminal 6. You will have to go through security in LAX unless they have more fully merged by the time of your trip and have added some sort of inside-security shuttle between the two airlines' gates.


    Oh, woops-- thank you for getting me the correct information. So, let's say I flew to LAX on Virgin or another carrier that DOES use Terminal 3--then I wouldn't have to go back through security, right?


  • Hong Kong to San Diego thru LAX on Cathay Pacific
    Jun 13, 2016
    Arriving into LAX by CX898 and taking CX 7708 (operated by Compass Air) to San Diego...Connenction time is 3:15 mins...Is it good enough and where do I collect bags - LAX or SAN ?? Return from San Diego is AA6031 and onward to Hong Kong by CX885 with connnection time of 2 hrs 20 mins... Is it good enough... Do I need to collect my bags and checkin at LAX or it shall be a through check in to Hong kong


    On the way to SAN in LAX 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, then go to your departure terminal, go through security and to your departure gate. On the return all you have to do is take the shuttle bus to Terminal 4 and then walk to your departure gate in the International Terminal, you don't have to do anything with your bags or go through security. You have enough time for both connections.


  • Connection Bradley T6
    Jun 13, 2016
    Booking Brisbane Aust to Kansas City Qantas 23rd June. After Customs and rechecking bags is it quicker to proceed back through security at TBIT and then go to T6 inside security, if that is possible.


    It's pretty much the same. I'm guessing security lines in the TBIT in the early morning won't be bad.


  • Should I ask for and earlier flight?
    Jun 13, 2016
    I am flying from SYD to LAX on June 18 on Delta, arriving in LAX at 6:45 in the morning. I am booked on a connecting flight to ATL at 12:10 pm. Is it worth it to see if I can get an earlier connection? Should I check this when I get to the airport to check-in at SYD?


    Yes, if there's like a 10 AM flight and they can move you to it that might be good.


  • Connecting TBIT to T8 : walk or shuttle bus
    Jun 13, 2016
    We have 2 hours connecting LAN arriving flight at TBIT to UA flight at T8. Can we walk to T8 without going through the security again at T8? How long does it take to walk? Is it faster than taking shuttle bus then going through security line at t8 again? Thanks for sharing your info. This is our first time connecting flight at LAX.


    When you arrive on LAN you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs. At this point you will already be outside security. You will actually go back through security in T7. It is faster to walk than to take the shuttle.


  • What to do?
    Jun 11, 2016
    We're coming in to LAX from hong Kong on Cathay Pacific with a transfer to SFO on Delta. our flight out of hong kong has been delayed. Scheduled arrival in LAX is 12pm and next flight out to SFO is 2pm. Is there any chance of catching the domestic flight? Can we ask to be bumped up the queue through customs to catch the connection?


    There's still a chance.


  • 2 hour stopover
    Jun 11, 2016
    Flying into LAX T1 at 7:45am and have 2 hrs to do bag collection, customs and get to T6 for 9:50am flight to Alaska. What are my chances of getting on my connecting flight. Is walking my only option. Any suggestions


    Where are you flying into LAX from? No flights that require customs arrive in Terminal 1.


  • Connecting from Terminal 7 to 2 & Customs
    Jun 20, 2016
    We have a 2 hour layover to connect flight to Canada around 5:45 on Tuesday morning from T7 to T2. Would we have to go thro' customs & is 2 hour enough time to make our flight?


    Where are you flying into Terminal 7 from?


    We are flying in from Maui (Hawaii)


    There is no US customs when leaving the US. You just have to go from T7 to T2 and go through security.


    Thanks for the update, so is 2 hours enough to grab our check in & cross over to T2 for security & check in that early on Tues morning? what's the quickest way to get from T7 to T2?


    Yes, that should be enough time. The quickest way is to walk straight across the parking garages from T7 to T2.


  • Walking instructions from TBIT to Terminal 5
    Jun 8, 2016
    Looking for the walking/process instructions from TBIT to Terminal 5. After going through US immigration, collecting luggage, how do I walk from TBIT to Terminal 5


    You exit the building and walk to the right. The second building you come to (the one that says Delta all over it) is Terminal 5.


  • Transferring from Virgin America to Air New Zealand
    Jun 7, 2016
    Hi, I'm looking to make two separate bookings, but want to make sure I have enough time first. My first flight is from LAS to LAX, arriving into Terminal 3 at 6.30pm. I then have to claim my bags and get to TBIT to check into an Air New Zealand flight departing at 9.30pm. Is three hours enough time to make this connection on two separate bookings? Also my bag has to be dropped at bag drop by 8.15pm. Do I have enough time to do that?


    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. The International Terminal where you depart is right next to Terminal 3.


  • Customs Query
    Jun 7, 2016
    We are arriving in lax from Melbourne with only 1.5hrs to get to connecting flight to ny. What happens at customs, do we collect our luggage or does it go through to our connecting flight


    You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk. What you do next depends on what airlines you are flying.


  • Landing at Terminal 7
    Jun 6, 2016
    Landing on Delta Flight and I am continuing on to an International Flight (Delta also). Do I need to go thru security again? Can I walk to International Terminal?


    Delta does not use Terminal 7 and no Delta flights depart from the International Terminal. If both flights are on Delta and the first flight is domestic all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Terminal 5.


    thanks.. I believe the incoming flight from SFO will come in to Terminal 5 (sorry, mistyped). We leave on Delta Air Lines 41 LAX to SYD. Maybe it is a co-share?


    I just looked up today's flight DL41. It leaves from Terminal 5. I guess I was assuming it left from International. My previous Qantas flight was from there


    Both flights will be in Terminal 5 - all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.




  • Sydney to Vancouver Cda-via Lax TBIT-T5, Jun17
    Jun 6, 2016
    Do I have to go thru customs if my luggage is checked thru to Van. Can I walk from TBIT to T5. Is 1 hr.30 min. enough time? Delta airlines. Canadian passport.


    You will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, walk to T5 and go through security. That is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Never Flown internationally before
    Jun 5, 2016
    Gday everyone, Never flown internationally before, looking for advice. Looking @ Flying United the whole way, MEL-LAX 4.5 Hour layover @ LAX) then LAX-MEX (8 hour layover) then MEX-Final point. My question was, what can I expect with Border Force/Immigration & Customs? Also, whats the best thing to do during a layover? Also I welcome any tips for long haul air travel!


    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, then go to Terminal 7 and go through security. You won't have a whole lot of time to kill during your connection in LAX. Various line waiting and walking will take up about 2 hours and your flight to MEX will start boarding about 45 minutes before it's slated to depart, so you really only have about an hour to kill.


  • time to clear customs
    Jun 5, 2016
    I am arriving LAX at 9 am on a Saturday morning from Tahiti. I need to book a flight from there to Boston, MA Will I be ok to clear customs and then check in for a different flight on Jet Blue that is at 11:45 am? Thank you!


    That would be just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


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