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I'm flying from San Diego with United express UA5444 arriving at LAX at 9.45pm and then have to catch UA 839 at 10.40pm at LAX to Sydney all on 1 ticket. Is 55 minutes layover enough time? Do I still have to go through customs since I'm going domestic from SAN to LAX but from LAX, it is international to SYD. My luggage will be checked in at San Diego direct to SYD but I'm still worried about going through customs in LAX...will they still have to screen me and my laptop/carry on right? Do you know the walking time from Terminal 8 to the international airport to catch the UA flight to SYD?
Yes, that is enough time. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in LAX is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Your flight to Sydney will depart from Terminal 7, which is directly connected to Terminal 8.
Hi there- I'm flying in from Norwegian air to the international terminal at 6:15 and have about 1:45 minutes until my connecting flight out of southwest in terminal 1. I won't be checking bags onto the latter flight as southwest usually allows me to carry on. Is this possible?
It's barely possible if you check in online for your Southwest flight before you leave Europe and your Norwegian flight is on-time and the immigration lines aren't bad and you hurry to Terminal 1. I personally wouldn't try it.
Thank you for this. I would like to add that I do need to also get to baggage claim for my suitcase before trying to head off to terminal 1 for my southwest flight - but I am assuming that you knew this when you said this connection its barely possible? Just making sure that time was calculated in for that. And will I have to go through security again at terminal 1? Thanks again.
Yes, I figured that. Yes, you will have to go through security again in Terminal 1.
Hi. We are arriving from Sydney into LAX TBIT at 6.45am on a VA flight, then have to get to T5 for an 8.25am Delta flight. We have baggage. How will the new connector help us? What's the quickest way to do this?
After you clear customs and re-check your bags you can now go through security in the TBIT and then walk to your departure gate in T5 inside security. It's not really a whole lot faster than walking to T5 and going through security there though. Maybe the lines are shorter at the new checkpoint in the TBIT. The new connector is more of a big deal connecting from T5/6/7/8 to the TBIT than vice-versa, although it does simplify the process a bit for people transiting from the TBIT to those terminals.
Thanks ZAP. Question for anyone else out there; has anyone done this connection recently using the new connector from TBIT to T5 inside 1.5 hours?
my flight on hawaiian arrives terminal 2 5:30 am. how do i get to terminal 2 to catch southwest flight; how much time needed to get baggage and do i need to go through security again to get to terminal 1 for southwest flight?
You walk. I wouldn't book a Southwest flight before 7:30.
My flight from SYD lands in LA at 6:05. I have my flight to dallas at 8;30 and then i'll fly dallas to mexico. I'm wondering do I have to go through immigration if my final stop is not in the USA. I am not staying the U.S at all, only transiting through 2 destinations.
This is all booked through the same airline (qantas), through the same booking (ie. SYD-MEX (via LA and Dallas) but it's a code share with american airlines
Yes, in LAX you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. In DFW you just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You will go through Mexican Immigration and Customs when you get to Mexico.
Hi, due to arrive in LAX, Terminal B from SYD at 6.05AM (AA72). Connection to JFK has been changed to 8.00AM departure (AA82). Itinerary does not state LAX terminal. Flights on same ticket. Is this do-able? And what will we have to do to transit? Thanks!!
Yes, that is just enough time. You will depart from Terminal 4. 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, follow the signs for connecting passengers, go through security and to your departure gate.
Hello we are flying with virgin from London Heathrow and have a stop over in Lax for 3 hour before catching our American airline flight to Honolulu. Booked together through our travel agent, will we have to collect luggage and re check in and go through customs at lax?
Yes, in LAX you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk if they are tagged to Honolulu. Then walk to Terminal 4, get your AA boarding passes if you don't already have them then go through security. You have enough time.