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Hi, I have 2 hours transit at LAX, which I need go through immigration control, pick up baggage, and go through custom control, and go to terminal 4 (AA) to catch a flight to DCA. Will that be enough? Any tips will be highly appreciated !
What airline are you flying to LAX on and where are you coming from? Are both flights on the same reservation?
I am from Thailand. My flight flies from BKK to NRT (narita, Japan) with Japan airline and then to LAX and DCA with American Airline. All flights are on the same reservation through expedia. I am very nervous as people say it might not be enough time.
Then yes, that should be enough time. 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 through security in the new connector building and follow signs to your departure gate.
I saw some people post a couple year ago that they recieved an express connection pass when they have tight connection at LAX so that they could go through immigration via special lense and could get on the next flight in time. Is that still a thing these days? Do you know what criteria airline has when they issue that pass, i.e. How tight it has to be (lass than an hour, two hours, etc.)? Thank you
If your journey is all on one ticket, and all within one alliance (JAL, American are both One World alliance), in Thailand they should tag your bags all the way to DCA (Washington). At LAX, you go through immigration, then claim your bags and go through Customs. Immediately after Customs, there is an "Airline Connections" desk that will take your luggage and move it over to American for you. You will need to walk to American Terminal 4 (next door to International, to the RIGHT as you exit International), go through security, and go to your gate. You should have barely enough time with two hours. If you miss the connection, American will rebook you to a later flight at no cost. This happened to me once, I missed a 2 hours 45 minutes connection in Dallas because there were 1200 people in line for immigration and only 11 agents on duty. LAX is usually well staffed and usually immigration takes 30 minutes or less. Fortunately, your connecting flight on American is next door.
We land on a Virgin /Delta shared flight to TBIT and then on a separate ticket we travel onto Miami, from terminal 4 with AA. Can someone explain the process ie bags, do we recheck them , can we use the tunnel, do we take bags with us or where do we recheck them, do we go through security again etc.
Where are you flying in from? The UK? Anyway, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then have to take your bags to Terminal 4 outside, re-check them at the American check-in desk, and go through security. You can NOT check your bags at the desk for "connecting passengers" in the International Terminal as they will not be tagged to Miami.
The walkways/tunnels connecting TBIT/T4-5-6-7 can be used by passengers LEAVING the US who need to access TBIT without another security check. They are less useful for arrival in the US since you have to leave security when you exit customs and must re-clear customs. That said, LAX allows you to clear security in ANY terminal with a same day boarding pass; you can for example clear security in T4 if the line looks short, then use the tunnels to reach T5-6-7-8. T4 is next door to TBIT. You may either walk (to your right) to T4 and clear security there, or clear security in TBIT and then use the new post-security walkway to T4.
I am an American traveling to Japan. My domestic Southwest flight will arrive at LAX Terminal 1, and I will connect to my All Nippon Airways flight (purchased through United Airlines) at Tom Bradley International Terminal. Since my flights are with different airlines, I have to pick my bags up from Southwest baggage claim, and then re-check them with United. Two questions: 1) To make my connection, do I have to exit the secured side of TSA screening? 2) Is a 3-hour layover time at LAX enough to make my connection, both going to Japan and then coming back to the US through LAX?
You re-check your bags with ANA, there will be no United desk in the International Terminal. Yes, you have to exit security. Yes, 3 hours should be enough time.
I'm looking at buying flights with Qantas JFK - LAX - MEL. The layover in LAX is only 1hr 10 minutes!! This is the only connection available with a well priced fare. It is myself and 3 children who will be 12, 10 and 8. Will it be ok? Surprised they would offer the flights together if they thought it was going to be a problem but am concerned that if the initial flight is at all delayed we are not going to make the connection. Any advice? Tried calling Qantas and after 35mins on hold I gave up!
Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Ok thanks - so they will be in the same terminal? And no passport control or baggage collection?
If the JFK-LAX flight is the one operated by Qantas that is correct, you just have to walk from one gate to the other, which shouldn't take more than 15 minutes. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.
If you are on an American Airlines flight JFK-LAX (as opposed to the one flight daily operated by Qantas), there is a post-security walkway that connects T4 (American) to TBIT (International). 15 minute walk and you need not clear security.
We wil be arriving on a United flight in Terminal 7 and will have to claim our bags (due to separately booked flights) and then proceed to Terminal B. We probably prefer to walk instead of using the shuttle. My question is are we going to have to go outside to proceed to the international terminal or is there a route so that we can remain inside? Then when we return, we understand we will arrive at terminal B, clear immigration and customs. Since our next flight is booked separately, we expect we will have to drag our luggage to Terminal 7. Would that trip be better walked or take the shuttle bus?
Yes, walk. You have to walk outside along the curbfront. I would walk both ways.
Long story short, United changed my schedule which made my 3hr layover turn into only 2hrs. I'm arriving in LAX on an American Airlines flight at 3:15PM. I'm switching to a United flight to LHR and will have to make it to the international terminal. I'll also have to collect my baggage and re-check it with United. The flight leaves at 5:00PM. Will that be enough time to deplane, pick up my bags, re-check them, and make it to my gate for United? The airline did add a note for the gate agent to hold my seat because I could be late.
No United flights depart from the International Terminal. Your flight to London will depart from Terminal 7. You have just enough time if the American flight is on-time. I'd be more worried about getting your bag re-checked before the cutoff than making it to your flight on-time.
We're flying to LAX from London on VS007 which arrives at TBIT at 1350. We have a separately ticketed flight to Mammoth from T6 at 1708. Will we have enough time to make the connection? We have skis and bulky luggage!
Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.