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  • First time Flyer: YYZ-LAX-BNE
    Jan 8, 2014
    Hi! I am flying for the first time in one month and have a few questions about what will happen during my layover that may seem silly. I am flying from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to LAX with American Airlines then from LAX to Brisbane (BNE) with Quantas. I arrive at Terminal 4 at 9:15 on a Sunday and depart from Terminal 4 at 11:50 the same evening. My first question: What do I do when I get off the plane at LAX? Do I go through immigration, collect my checked bags, clear customs, re enter the terminal, check in and go through security all over again? If this is so then I am worried I did not leave enough time between the flights? Thank you in advance for any advice, I am getting a quite nervous.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration in Toronto and should be able to get both of your boarding passes when you check in with American there. All you will have to do in LAX is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time.


  • Immigration/customs transfer time
    Dec 16, 2013
    I'm a US citizen flying in from CAN on China Southern flight 327 on 12/17 and arrive at LAX at 6:10pm. I then have a flight on Southwest to DEN at 8:25pm. I'm hoping to just carry on my bag, is this enough time to make the transfer? Or how much time do I need to make the transfer?


    You will arrive at LAX at the Bradley International Terminal, where you normally need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags (if applicable), go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag. Carry-on bag only would certainly cut down on time. Your departure terminal is Terminal 1 (Southwest) - while the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', runs every 12-15 mins, your next stops will be T4 - T8, around the bend to T1 - 9 stops or 20 minutes - you would need to take a taxi in case you have to spend time re-checking your bags. In either case, you will need to go through security check at Terminal 1 before proceeding to your gate.


    You can't take a taxi between terminals. Honestly if you're rushed for time your best bet is to run from the TBIT to T1. It's about a third of a mile and you can probably run it in 5-10 minutes.


    So about how long does going through passport check and customs take?


    It depends on the time of day, but generally about half an hour.


    Nov 29, 2013
    Traveling from Los Angeles to Seoul on Dec 1st around noon. What time should I get to the airport? Thank you.


    You should be at the departures level of your terminal (which one 0 there are 9) two hours prior to scheduled departure. If you are able to check in on-line - so much the better; print out your baggage tag (or print it at the machines in the departures area). As you enter the terminal look at overhead screens to find your flight & gate number. For further details open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • Want to meet relatives on a 5,5 hr layover
    Oct 10, 2013
    I'm flyimg Seattle to lax terminal 6. Leaving from Tom Bradley Int'l 5.5hrs later. Must I leave security


    Note that non-ticketed visitors have no permission to enter secured areas of the terminals. As there are plenty of pre-security restaurants & shops in the 'new' Tom Bradley (TBIT) terminal, (there is also a restaurant in the center of the parking garages, which the terminals surround). When getting off at T6, take the LAX bus Route A on lower arrival level island in front of each terminal, under sign 'LAX shuttle airline connection', which runs every 12-15 mins, stopping next at T7, T8, T1 through T4 and on to Bradley.


  • Quick conneting flight to Honolulu
    Sep 10, 2013
    I am disabled. I can walk a little and stand a little but I'll need a wheelchair or scooter to get from my LAX Delta arrival gate to my connecting DElta flight 50 minutes later to Honolulu. Can I count on quick immediate LAX service to make my connecting flight?


    Have you requested wheelchair service from Delta? If so they will make sure you make your connecting flight. Also, all the Delta gates at LAX are fairly close together.


  • 1 1/2 hour layover, can we make it.
    Sep 9, 2013
    We are flying from Canada to New Zealand through LAX. Seems our flight lands in LAX at Terminal 2 and the NZ flight leaves 1 1/2 hours after also out of Terminal 2. Can we make this? We do customs out of Canada, would we also do customs at LAX or is it self contained.


    No, since you will pre-clear immigration in Canada, you will just need to go from gate to gate at LAX, since all of Terminal 2 is beyond the same security checkpoint it is a very easy connection, less than 5 minutes.


  • Need Help with Direction, Please..
    Sep 8, 2013
    I'm arriving at Tom Bradley and I know Terminal 3 is very close, and this might seem like a silly question.. From Tom Bradley do you go Left or Right to Terminal 3?


    When you exit the doors of the TBIT you turn left to get to T3 (opposite the flow of vehicular traffic)


    thank you so much.... you don't know what your reply means to me.. thank you.... :)


  • International Connection from Asia to Mexico City
    Aug 26, 2013
    I have a friend that will be traveling out of Asia for the first time. He does not have a US visa and is nervous about having a connecting flight in LAX. He will be traveling from probably Tokyo or Shanghi through LAX to Mexico city. He may have a 12 hour delay in LAX. If he is traveling without a US visa, is he going to have issues with the connecting flight in LAX? Will he have to go through customs even though his destination is not in the US?


    He needs to get a US Transit Visa. Yes, any time you enter the US you have to go through US immigration, even if you are connecting to another country.


  • Honolulu Flight
    Aug 6, 2013
    I am flying United into LAX from Houston on a connecting flight to Honolulu. Will I have to recheck my bags and go through security to make my connecting flight?


    If both flights are on United, your bags will be transferred. Note that United uses both Terminals 6 & 7. If you need to transfer to another terminal, you either walk over outside, or go to the ground level, take the escalator down to the tunnel connecting both terminals, & back up escalator at connecting terminal; this would require you to go through security check before proceeding to your gate.


    tuaug is incorrect. You can get between every United gate at LAX without having to go through security.


  • LAx transfer bags from Southwest to Quantas
    Jul 14, 2013
    I am flying into LAX on Southwest before transferring to Quantas to Sydney. Can my bags be transferred or do I need to leave the terminal, get my luggage, return through security and have it rechecked to Quantas? Any idea how long that will take?


    Southwest does not transfer bags to or from any other airlines. You will have to claim your bags and take them to the TBIT for your QANTAS flight. I would leave 2.5 hours to do that.


  • Meeting place inside Int terminal
    May 29, 2013
    I have someone meeting me after I come through passport control & customs. Where would be a close spot for them to meet me? Possibly a coffee shop Thanks


    Best place to meet is in the Arrivals /baggage claim area, near the information counter.


  • computer systems down at Customs Border
    May 19, 2013
    Why does the Customs Border Patrol have unreliable computer systems and have no backup? I connected through LAX last week and almost missed my connecting flight because CBP computers went down and Customs held the passengers in a hallway and refused to process most passengers. The Customs computer systems are mission critical and need a hot failover backup system so that passengers can be processed without interruption. My taxes should be better used to help travelers get through LAX faster, not wasteful government spending.


  • My daughter 17 years old
    May 9, 2013
    My daughter 17 years old is flying into LAX to connect a light to Miami. she is not accompanied for the first time. She will need to go from terminal 4 to terminal 2, she has 6 hours between the 2 flights. Where can find any assistance for her?


    Why do you think she needs assistance? 6 hours is a ton of time. I'm sure your 17 year old can read a map and signs.


    Thks for your prompt reply, reason first time in LAX, safety reasons, she is French and she speaks english.


    LAX is not a dangerous place.


  • luggage carts
    May 8, 2013
    My wife and daughter are flying into LAX with our grandchildren, ages 4 and 5 months. They are carrying 2 suitcases, 2 cosmetic bags, 2 carseats, and a double stroller. They will have to take a shuttle to rent a car. Does lax have luggage carts that could accommodate all of this?


    You can't take a cart on the shuttle, so there isn't much purpose of one.


  • Going to Sydney
    May 3, 2013
    My wife and I will be flying in on United from Baltimore and arrive at LAX at 8:30 PM. The connecting flight on United leaves for Sydney at 10:10 PM. Will that be enough time? This is our first international flight. Will we have to go thru customs in LAX? Thanks.


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. All the United gates at LAX are connected beyond security and are an easy walk. You will not have to go through any immigration in LAX on your way to Australia, only on the way back.


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