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  • Connection TIming
    Jan 26, 2016
    If I book a flight that arrives LAX on United at 9:17, and I have a 10 am flight on Hawaiian, is that enough time to walk from terminal 7 to terminal 2 if I don't check my bags?


    I wouldn't try it. It's not impossible, but it's pretty damn close.


  • Canada – LAX – Australia
    Jan 26, 2016
    Hello. I'm looking at a flight Ottawa-Toronto-LAX-Brisbane. Do I have to re-check bags and pass customs at LAX, or will they be checked all the way through in Toronto or Ottawa? Would 2 hours be enough time to check bags and make connecting flight at LAX ?


    Further information: my arrival into LAX from Toronto would either be on Air Canada (terminal 2) or American Airlines (Terminal 6), leaving Qantas (terminal B), and would leave me 2:10 to re-check and pass security. Any advice would be helpful. Right now, I'm thinking it's going to be 50/50.


    That would be enough time if everything is booked on the same itinerary, but if it's two separate itineraries it will be very difficult as you will have to claim your bags and take them yourself to the Qantas check-in counter.


    These are the flights that suggest, an I would book it through them, so I presume that would make them on the same itinerary?


    yes, it would. In that case you wouldn't have to do anything with your bags at LAX, just go from one terminal to the other and go through security.


    Wait wait wait ! ! Are you saying that I'd check my bags in Ottawa and collect them again Brisbane without doing anything but go through security in LAX? That doesn't seem right to me. It would be great if so. And thanks for your help on this one mate. You seem to know it all.


    Hi there, so I just called Qantas and they said I would have to collect and recheck baggage at LAX. Sigh. But they said that '2 hours is a valid stopover time' (whatever that means). 57m5fk


    Qantas is confused - they probably don't know about US Immigration and customs preclearance in Canada. You will see your bags in Toronto to go through US Immigration and customs preclearance, but you don't have to do anything with them in LAX.


  • changing flights to Sydney, Australia
    Jan 26, 2016
    hi, I am arriving LAX (terminal 3) from Orlando at 8:15pm and need to take Virgin Australia to travel to Sydney. Flight departs at 9:55pm. Do you think it is enough time to re-check and clear customs?


    Yes, that should be enough time. There is no US Customs when leaving the US, but you will have to claim your bags and take them to the Virgin Australia desk in Terminal 3 then go to the International terminal and go through security and to your departure gate.


  • Transferring to A Domestic Flight from TBIT
    Jan 26, 2016
    I arrive at LAX from HKG on Cathay Pacific at 11:10am. My connecting flight is AA at 1:20pm. Will I have enough time to clear customs and make my flight>


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • MEL-LAX-JFK connection
    Jan 26, 2016
    Hello, I'm flying with Qantas from Melbourne which arrives at LAX at 6:35am terminal B, and my connecting flight to JFK (also with Qantas) leaves at 8:20am terminal B. Is the 1hr 45 minute layover enough time? I'm unsure of procedures after I land at LAX. Will I have to collect and recheck luggage?


    You will arrive in the International, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thank you! Will the 1hr 45 mins be sufficient time though?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Clearing Customs in LAX when returning from Mexico
    Jan 25, 2016
    How long can I expect it to take to clear customs (from Mexico) and get to Terminal 6. We arrive on a Saturday around 6:30 pm?


    It shouldn't take more than 30-45 minutes.


  • Baggage collection?
    Jan 25, 2016
    I am flying from Cancun to LAX Terminal B, l then have a connecting flight to Melbourne, Australia. Do l need to collect my baggage and check it in again?


    No Cancun to LAX flights arrive in Terminal "B" (The International Terminal). What airlines are you flying??


    I just double checked, l land at terminal 7 and leave from terminal 7, with United, does that mean my bags will transfer automatically?


    No, you will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate.


    Thank you so much, one more question, does that all happen in the same terminal? I have 2 hours between flights, as l haven't travelled extensively l just want to be sure.


    Yes, everything will be in the Terminal 6/7 complex (Terminals 6 and 7 share an immigration facility, and Terminals 6, 7, and 8 are all really just different parts of the same building.


  • Terminal connections.
    Jan 25, 2016
    Hi, I'm flying from LHR (London) to LAX arriving at 12.55pm. My next flight leaves LAX at 17.00 to HNL. Will I need to change terminals and, also, will I have to claim and re-check my luggage? Thanks.


    What airlines are you flying? I can't answer your question without that information.


    Hi, LHR to LAX is AA operated by BA and LAX to HNL is AA. Thanks


    You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, follow signs for connecting passengers, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then exit the International Terminal and walk to your right (with the flow of traffic), the next building you come to will be Terminal 4, go inside, through security and to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


    Thank you very much.


  • Hawaiian Airlines to Southwest
    Jan 25, 2016
    Hello, I have a flight that gets into LAX on Hawaiian (Terminal 2) at 6:30 a.m. on a Monday and my next flight leaves on Southwest (Terminal 1) at 7:30 a.m. We aren't checking bags but have to switch terminals. Will this be enough time to get through security for Terminal 1?


    It's barely enough time if your Hawaiian flight is on-time and you get off the plane quickly and hurry to Terminal 1. Print out your Southwest boarding passes before you leave Hawaii.


    We will print our Southwest passes so we have those and we are towards the front of the plane on Hawaiian. Do you think security will be less busy so early in the morning or more busy with Monday morning travelers.


    Security will probably be pretty busy then.


  • Arriving from Syd via Qantas and connect to Vegas via AA Terminal 4
    Jan 25, 2016
    How long does it take to go through customs and then catch my AA flight on Terminal 4. How far is Terminal 4 from Tom Bradley Int'l where i land. I have 4 hrs connection, is it sufficient time?


    4 hours is plenty of time. Terminal 4 is right next to the International Terminal (to the right as you exit).




  • Aeorflot to Alaska Airlines
    Jan 23, 2016
    1 wife is flying into LAX International Terminal D and then she has to go through US Immigration/Check-in and then make a connection flight to Seattle via Alaska Airlines at Terminal 6. My wife will be carrying 3 heavy bags...she's not a big women and may need some assistance. Can she find it at LAX or does she have to hoof it all the way over to Alaska at Terminal 6. English is a slight problem...who can she turn to/who can she trust. Or does Alaska have a check-in at Terminal D where they will take her bags and make sure they send them over to Terminal 6??? Thanks for you help. Kind regards, Michael


    She will have to take her bags with her to Terminal 6. Maybe she should pack a foldable luggage cart to move her bags between terminals.


  • Baggage Claim, Connection Flight
    Jan 23, 2016
    Hi! I have a flight Paris-LAX-Guatemala City. It is with Air France to LAX and then Delta to Guatemala. It is a new ticket they gave me because of the bad weather in nNYC at the moment. My bags are checked-in to Guatemala but I guess I have to pick them up in LAX and re-check them. How does it works? What is the procedure after my landing in LAX and before I go to Guatemala? Thank you!


    Yes, you will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then follow signs for connecting passengers, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then exit the International Terminal and walk to your right, the second building you come to is Terminal 5, go inside, get your Delta boarding pass if you don't already have it, and go through security.


  • SYD -SEA via LAX return
    Jan 23, 2016
    A lot of SYD-SEA via LAX return flights are giving me a 1.5 hours connection time in LAX to and from Seattle. Coming from Australia is this going to be enough time to get through customs and immigration? I'll be travelling on a kiwi passport. Thank you!


    What airlines are you flying?


    Delta or American Airlines. Thanks


    That is just about enough time if everything goes smoothly. Note that all flights from Australia arrive in the International Terminal due to how early in the morning they arrive.


    Awesome, thanks for your help!


  • T1 to T8 details
    Jan 22, 2016
    How long should I allow to travel from T1 to T8 in order to make a connecting flight?


    2 hours without checked bags, 3 hours with checked bags.


  • Changing United to American - have to go through security?
    Jan 21, 2016
    Hi! I found a cheap itinerary to fly in and out of Santa Barbara airport to my destination in Florida but the flights between SBA and LAX are on United while all the others are on American Airlines. So I'd fly United to LAX and then change to an American flight. Does anyone know if that means I have to go in and out of security? I've had to do that a few times at LAX because of connecting to international flights, but I'm not sure if I would have to go out of security and back through to change terminals in this case. Thanks for your help!


    If you don't have checked bags or if your checked bags are checked through to Florida then you don't have to exit security, it's just a bit of a complex walk - you will arrive in Terminal 8 and depart from Terminal 4 or 6. They are all connected inside security. If you need to get to terminal 4 you actually have to walk down the concourse for Terminal 6 and then take a pedestrian tunnel to terminal 5 and then to terminal 4.


    Thank you!!


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