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  • Layover
    Feb 26, 2015
    Hi. I'm flying MSP to LAX to Ixtapa, Mexico. I am flying Delta both in and out of LAX but my layover is 1hr 20min. With on time or slight delay of departure will I make my flight?


  • Customs/layover advice
    Feb 19, 2015
    I am flying into LAX at 4:20pm on American Airlines from London. Currently I have a 6 hour layover back up to San Francisco. In order to skip the layover I would like to book a different flight on Southwest leaving at 6:55pm. Do I have enough time to get my bags through customs and connect? Also, since I need to connect my bags to a different airline(Southwest), where would I do that? Thank You!


    Yes, that would barely be enough time. You will have to collect your bags in customs, go through customs, exit your arrival terminal and take your bags to Terminal 1 to check them with Southwest.


  • Switching terminals question
    Feb 17, 2015
    I have a 4 hour layover at LAX and would like to check out the other terminals while there. How do I get to the other terminals and do I have to go through security at each one?


    It depends what terminal you arrive in. 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are all connected by walkways inside security, but 1, 2, 3, and the International Terminal are not connected to any other terminals.


    Also be aware that none of the terminals other than the International Terminal are much to look at.


  • Enough layover at LAX between domestic and international flight?
    Feb 10, 2015
    Hello, We are flying from Orlando to LAX with Delta, arriving at 3:54 pm (hopefully no delays). We have about 4 hours at LAX before catching an international flight with Qantas to Melbourne, Australia at 8:35 pm. Is 4 hours enough time to get our luggage from Delta, go to the international terminal, check in with Qantas, and get through immigration? Thanks very much!


    Yes, that should be enough time. You do not have to go through immigration. There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You will just have to check in with Qantas and go through security.


  • LAX TO JFK stopover time
    Feb 4, 2015
    I'm flying from Sydney to JFK on the 16th of Feb 2015. I am flying United all the way through and land at LAX AT 6.05 and then leave to JFK at 8.30. Is this enough time? Or are there any pointers on how to ensure I don't miss my connecting flight.


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive, go through US Immigrration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk, then go to the departure level of Terminal 7, go through security and to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time.


  • 30 Minutes Layover at LAX - Will I make it?
    Feb 3, 2015
    Hi, I just booked a flight thru Priceline Bid and got a United Airlines connecting flight to Hawaii. Now, the problem is there's only 30 minutes in between, I will have my 3 year old with me and I'm scared that we won't make the connecting flight... the flight is from SFO to LAX (6-7:30 am) then LAX to HNL with 8 AM departure. Thanks in advance for the reply.


    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. All you have to do in LAX is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Short Layover at LAX
    Jan 28, 2015
    Hi, I am flying into Costa Rica from Canada with stops in Seattle and LA. We are flying Delta and I am worried about our layover in LA. We have more than enough time in Seattle to get through customs (about 5 hours I think) but only have a 1.2 hour layover in LA. Are all of Deltas flights in the same terminal? And will 1.2 hours be enough time? I am assuming we don't have to go through customs as we will have already done that in Seattle. Thanks, Matt


    Yes, all of Delta's flights at LAX are in Terminal 5. Yes, on your way to Costa Rica you won't have to go through customs in LAX. All you have to do in LAX is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time.


  • clearing customs and connection time sufficient?
    Dec 17, 2014
    My family and I are flying in from Vancouver (Canada) with Alaska Air and have a short connection time (57 mins) between our arrival in LAX and another flight to Mexico. Both flights are through Alaska Air and Terminal 6, do you know if we will need to go through US customs and will this connection time be sufficient?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver on your way to Mexico. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate at LAX. You have plenty of time.


  • Getting from domestic to int'l terminal with bags and a small child
    Dec 4, 2014
    Hi - Can anyone advise what we will be facing when we arrive at LAX on a domestic flight with three suitcases, a stroller and other carry-on bags and a baby and need to transfer to the international terminal? Are there porters? trolleys that can be used between terminals? international check-in facility at the domestic arrivals terminal? Or will be need to somehow haul it all on and off transit buses? with thanks, Lisa, Australian


    For me to provide any specific help you need to tell me what airline or airlines you are flying.


  • Rechecking baggage?
    Nov 11, 2014
    If you are transting through LAX from Vegas to Toronto, but arrive and depart from Terminal 4, do you need to go through immigration and recheck baggage?


    No, you do not go through US Immigration when leaving the US. You will go through Canadian Immigration when you get to Toronto.


  • International Flights
    Oct 2, 2014
    Due you go through immigration if you have two international flight on LAX, coming from Ranotonga to LAX (Air New Zealand)with an connected flight to Amsterdam (KLM)? Both are in the same terminal, TBIT.


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags. You can re-check at the re-check desk if you purchased a single ticket and your bags are tagged through to AMS, but if they are not you will have to take them to the KLM check-in counter.


  • Security
    Sep 24, 2014
    With going to war and the threat of Isis and other group, are the security times and lines worse?


    It has not impacted airport security.


  • Where do I pick up an international passenger arriving at Terminal 2
    Aug 27, 2014
    I plan on parking and meeting my friend. Where is the best place? Is there a customs exit in Terminal 2 I can access?


    The customs exit is on the lower level.


  • LAX | Immigration.
    Aug 24, 2014
    I'm traveling from Guadalajara, Mexico [Delta574] to Los Angeles then to Kahului [Delta1219]... i have a lay over of 2 hours in LAX, do you think I'll be able to pass customs, TSA, and perhaps re.check my baggage (don't know if Delta will put them from Guadalajara checked till Kahului). By the way I'm Mexican so the line will be longer in customs, I'm guessing


    You should have enough time. Everything should be within Terminal 5. You will have to claim your bags to go through US Customs, then re-check your bags with Delta.


  • Help getting through immigration quickly.
    Aug 21, 2014
    We have had our flight arrival changed from 0630 to 0710 arriving from Australia. We are booked on a train leaving union station at 1010. I was informed that it was ok before but now I do not see how we will get through immigration onto a bus and at union station by 0945. Any solutions please. The train only goes every 24 hours. Thanks


    At that time of the morning I think you will be out of customs by 8 at the latest. If you can make the 8 AM bus you will be at Union Station at 8:50. Even if you miss that bus and are on the 8:30 bus, you will be at Union Station at 9:20.


    Thank you.


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