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  • Do I Have Enough Time to Make International Flight
    Feb 8, 2016
    I am looking to fly to Bangkok from LAX, but I live in Tampa, FL and would take a different airline to get to LAX on separate tickets. My possible itinerary is as follows: Fly out of Tampa at 5:30 pm (cant leave any sooner) with Southwest and arrive at LAX at 10:05 pm. Then fly out of LAX at 11:55 pm to Bangkok on Korean Air. Since I would be buying these tickets separately my questions are 1) Do I have to recheck my baggage and go back through security and 2) Is almost 2 hours enough time if (1) is a yes? Thanks.


    Third Question what would be a sufficient amount of time to get this done if 2 hours is not enough? Thanks.


    Yes, you would have to claim your bags from southwest, take them to the International Terminal, re-check them with Korean, and then go through security. I wouldn't say that this is is completely impossible in the time allotted, but it's very very difficult.


    I would want 3 hours to make that connection.


    Thanks for your help. Also considering a flight that arrives in LAX at 9:30 am and leaves for Bangkok at 12:40 pm under the same conditions as my post. Should that be enough time even though this itinerary is in the late morning/early afternoon instead of late evening?


    Yes, I think that would be easier.


  • Transfer from T1 to T5 with animals
    Feb 6, 2016
    My wife is traveling alone with 3 animals and luggage is there assistance available to get through customs and to T5


    No International flights arrive in Terminal 1, so she either isn't arriving there or isn't going through customs. What airlines is she flying and where is she flying from and to?


  • International Terminal Check In
    Feb 4, 2016
    Flying out of Tom Bradley Terminal. Can anyone help with check in process? Are you required to get your bag screened before checking in or can you go directly to the check in counter


    You go directly to the check-in counter. What airline are you flying?


  • Travel Help!
    Feb 2, 2016
    Hi everyone, I land at LAX at 5:25 am in terminal 2. I may have to claim my bags and check them back in and travel to terminal 4 and do the whole check in spiel again. My second flight leaves at 6:25 am, do I have a chance of making it?


    No, I would say you have close to zero chance of making it. Also, where are you coming from that arrives in Terminal 2 at 5:25 AM?


  • Immigration processing arrival times
    Feb 2, 2016
    Hi can anyone comment on the immigration processing times in Feb for International flight coming into terminal B , and up todate advice welcome i heard they fitted self processing desks which produce a print out which you give to the customs/immigration person


    It really depends on the time of day you are arriving, but the Kiosks do speed things up.


    I will be arriving in around 11am thanks for reply


    It shouldn't be too crowded, that's later than most of the flights from Asia arrive but before most of the flights from Europe.


  • Enough Time? ORD to LAX to MEL
    Jan 29, 2016
    Our United flight is scheduled to arrive at LAX Terminal 7 at 9:50pm on Saturday and our Quantas flight to MEL is scheduled to leave at 10:40pm. Is this enough time? I understand we'll have to go through security again too...


    No, you won't have to go through security again. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, both in Terminal 7/8. You have enough time.


    Thank you, ZAP!


  • Immigration and customs clearance
    Jan 25, 2016
    I am flying into LAX from Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Do I clear immigration and customs in the Alaska Air terminal or do they bus us over to Tom Bradley ?? I need to tell my driver where I will be


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs in Terminal 6.


  • Flight connection time.
    Jan 25, 2016
    Hi, I'm flying AA from KOA (Hawaii) to LAX arriving at 23.17 and then catching the 23.55 AA flight to JFK. I only have 37 minutes to make the connection. Will this be enough time? Also, do I need to go through customs / collect baggage etc? - I'm British. Thank you.


    Hawaii, California, and New York, are all part of the United States, so you don't have to go through customs or immigration. All you have to do at LAX is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time as long as your flight from Kona is on-time.


    Thank you


  • clearing customs ,rechecking bags and travelling
    Jan 24, 2016
    how it will take to clear usa customs,,collect bags and recheck them and how long does it take to travel from international terminal to terminal 7


    You'll want at least 3 hours between flights.


  • AA New Gates
    Jan 23, 2016
    I saw that AA is building two new gate at LAX....Do you know how and where these two new gate are going to located!!!


    They're respacing the gates in On Terminal 4, not much should change.


  • Is Customs in LAX, when flying to Australia?
    Jan 23, 2016
    Do I go through customs at LAX when flying to Australia? This affects when I'd need to check into the flight. If customs is in Australia, I don't think I'll need to be checking in 2 hours before my flight.


    There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You will go through Australian immigration and customs when you get to Australia.


    Thanks. If there's no customs when flying out of LAX, why would anyone need to show up more than an hour early to check in for a flight? Airlines say to say up 3 hours before an international flight.


    Often they do have to physically check your passport before you check in, so that takes extra time. They also start boarding earlier than normal because it's a bigger plane that takes longer to board and they also have to do positive baggage match on international flights (if anyone doesn't board the flight their baggage has to be removed).


  • Customs/Immigration When Returning to the U.S.
    Jan 11, 2016
    Hi, in a few months I will be flying return SYD to JFK with a 2hr layover in LAX all with Virgin Australia/Delta codeshare (my luggage will be checked through to JFK). Is the U.S. customs/immigration process quick enough for a U.S. passport holder for me to make my connection? Do I have to go through security again? I will arrive in LAX at approx 6:45am... is that busy time for customs or maybe not? I have never traveled internationally before!


    You will arrive in the International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, follow the sign for connecting passengers, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then exit the terminal, walk to Terminal 5 and go through security. You should have enough time.


  • Enough time for connecting flights?
    Jan 10, 2016
    I am looking at booking a flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles arriving at 19-15 to catch a flight from los angeles to Perth Aus at 22-30. Is this enough time to collect luggage and check in. Do Delta flights run on time


    That should be enough time. Delta has a decent on-time record. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.


  • baggage transfer desk
    Jan 3, 2015
    hi can anyone tell me the location of the baggage transfer desk at TBIT LAX arrivals? thanks in advance


    Right after you clear customs there is a big sign for connecting passengers - follow that sign - it's right there.


    Jan 2, 2015
    I have a 5 hour layover next week at LAX connecting to Kauai and want to visit with a relative for a couple of hours just outside the airport. Can I get out of the Delta terminal and pick up a cab easily for this short visit or is it not worth the time and hassle?


    Yes, that would be possible as long as you are meeting them close to the airport. Beware of LA traffic.


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