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  • Time for customs returning to US from Mexico
    Nov 12, 2013
    We have a family of 5, including 4 US citizens (3 adults, one toddler) and one permanent resident (green card). Will be re-entering US after traveling to Mexico. Will one hour be enough time to get through customs and immigration, and board our connecting domestic flight? What is the process? Note, arriving flight from Mexico and departing flight will both be in terminal 6.


    No, one hour is probably not enough time. You'll probably want 90 minutes to 2 hours. On arrival you will go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, re-check your bags, go up to the departure level, go through security and to your gate. Are both of your flights on Alaska Airlines?


  • Airport shooting
    Nov 1, 2013
    LAX is on partial shutdown due to shooting and death of TSA agent, Terminal 3 at 9:30 this morning. Police are searching for other possible suspects. Flights in and out will be affected.


  • International flight transfer to domestic connection
    Nov 1, 2013
    I am flying into LAX from Australia on United with a connection on United from LAX to Denver. Will 1hr25 min be enough to get through customs and make the connection? Will I need to go through security again? I don't know which terminals flights arrive/depart--is there a way to know? UA 840, and UA 814 vs 968. thanks


    1. Only UA 814 was listed as arriving at Terminal 6 (T6), which is used by United for its Premier customers. (United & United Express Airlines use Terminal 7 for e-ticket passengers; and Terminal 8 for paper tickets & non-ticketed passengers). However, as the 'new' international Terminal (called Bradley, TBIT or TB) is in the process of moving more airlines into TBIT, it would be possible that you would arrive there. In any case though, you need on arrival to through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs & re-check-in bags where indicated. If arriving at T6, T7 or T8: they are connected at their secured areas - taking only 5-10 minutes for transfer. If arriving at TBIT, you would need to exit the terminal and board the LAX Bus Route A on lower arrival level island to your connecting terminal, where you would need to go through security check before proceeding to your connecting gate - an estimated 20-25 mins by bus, plus time for security check.


    My mother-in-law is coming to visit (arriving from Moscow at TBIT on Aeroflot and then flying to San Francisco on US Airways from terminal 7). She speaks limited English and I want to make sure that she is successful with the re-check-in process. After she passes through custom control with her luggage, how should she find the re-check-in belt? Presumably there is a sign for the exit, which she should ignore and another sign to...what... "transfers", "domestic"? If she follows this sign, is the luggage belt immediately apparent? Is there a sign pointing to it? Any details would be very much appreciated!


    US Airways does not use terminal 7 nor do they fly from LAX to SFO. Your mother in law's flight is likely on United. Which does fly from Terminal 7. There are clear signs in the TBIT after clearing customs showing the way to the re-check belt. I believe it is to the right after you clear customs in the TBIT.


  • 8-6 or 7
    Mar 28, 2013
    I will be flying in to terminal 8 and then have a 30 minute layover until my next flight. Unfortunately looking into other flights with the same route etc., my connecting flight to HNL can be in either terminal 6 or 7. In either case will I have enough time to do either of these scenarios? Do I have to go through security again from terminals 8 to 7 or 8 to 6? Also with that tight of a schedule knowing these circumstances, would it be best to carry on or check luggage? Thank you


    You will not have to go through security again, all the United gates at LAX are connected beyond security. If you can carry on that would be best, but you should be OK if your first flight is on time.


  • TB Immigration/Customs Clearance
    Mar 27, 2013
    How is current immigration and customs clearance time in TB. Any signs of delays due to the Sequester? I'll be arriving TB first week of April.


  • Tight Layover
    Mar 9, 2013
    My husband and I are flying into LAX Terminal 4 with American at 9:25am on a Saturday, and hoping to connect to a 9:55 am flight with Alaska out of Terminal 6. We don't have checked baggage, and are both pretty healthy runners/walkers. Can we make it?


    It will be really difficult as you'll have to go through security again. You'll have to pray that your first flight is early in my opinion.


  • Travelling to Sydney from New York
    Mar 2, 2013
    Hi, I'm travelling from New York to LAX with a connecting flight to Sydney. My flight arrives at 18:20 in terminal 5 and my connecting flight leaves at 20:20 from terminal 3. Will two hours be enough to transfer


    Two hours transfer time at LAX should suffice. On arrival at T5, exit the terminal and On arrival at LAX, at T7, exit the terminal and 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. Your next stops will be T6, T7, T8, around the bend to T1, T2 & T3 - six stops of 15 mins. At T3 you need to go through security check before proceeding to your departing gate.


  • changing terminals
    Feb 24, 2013
    Hi we will arrive on a internatiional flight.United from Australia at terminal 6 and then catch a United flight to New york from termminal 7 Do I need to go through TSA screening


    As an international arrival at LAX, you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag where indicated.(count an 35-50 mins). On the arrivals level is an escalator down to the tunnel connecting T6 to T7, where you need to take the escalator up, proceed to the departures level and go through security check, where you find signs to Gates 70A -71B, gates 72 & 73, and gates 74A -77B.


  • correction to previous inquiry
    Feb 11, 2013
    We will arrive on a domestic flight to Terminal 6 and leave on an overseas flight from Terminal 2. Do we need to go through screening again?


    Yes, you will. Terminals 2 and 6 are not connected beyond security. You will either have to take the shuttle bus or walk to get between the terminals. I would budget at least 90 minutes for your connection (preferably more since you will be leaving on an international flight).


  • Terminal 6 to Terminal 2
    Feb 12, 2013
    We will arrive on a domestic flight to Terminal 6 and go out of Terminal 6 on an internatiional flight. Is it possible to remain in a secure area or will we need to go through TSA screening again.


    Yes you can stay in the secure departure area at Terminal 6 (gates 60-62, 64A-65B and 66-69B).


  • Bags straight through
    Feb 12, 2013
    Hey, I'm travelling from YVR to NAN(Fiji) via LAX with Alaskan Airlines and Air Pacific (they codeshare and it's all on the one ticket) and wonder if I have to re-check my bags in at LAX even though I've cleared US customs and immigration in Vancouver. Thanks


    No, you won't have to.


    Note, however, that Alaskan Airlines uses Terminal 6, while Air Pacific uses the Bradley (TBIT or TB) Terminal. You have the option of walking or taking the bus to TBIT. If walking you need to take the escalator down at ground level to T5, take escalator up, exit T5, walk to left, past T4 and around the bend to TBIT - 10-15 mins. OR 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, where your next stops would be T7, T8, T1, T2, T3 & TBIT - 5 stops or about 12 mins. In both instances you need to go through security check at TBIT.


  • LAX layover (international to domestic)
    Feb 10, 2013
    Hi, we arrive at 9:30am at Terminal 5 on Delta airlines on a Saturday. We are looking to book a Southwest domestic flight, which I understands leaves from Terminal 1 at 11:20am. Is 1hr 50 mins enough time to clear customs, collect our luggage and check into our SW flight? Thanks in advance.


    After arrival at LAX, going through passport check, picking up bags and going through customs clearance (30-50 mins) you would need to take your bag along to T1 and check it in with Southwest first (as you make separate reservations), before going through security check and proceeding to your gate. All terminals are served by 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. Your next stops after T5 would be T6, T7, T8, around the bend to T1 - another 10 mins. Your transfer time should be adequate, but hurry.


  • Transfer time
    Feb 7, 2013
    Hi, I am arriving to terminal B at 12:40 and have a connecting flight leaving terminal 7 exactly 2 hours later. Is this enough time to clear customs, recheck the bags, go thru security and get the next flight? thanks


    At LAX, you only need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance if you are an international arrival. Terminals 8 & 7 are connected by a short walkway outside. At T7 you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. Make sure your first airline transfers bags to your second one, if not, you would have to take your bags to T7 and check them in with your connecting airline first.


  • Luggage Transfer
    Feb 7, 2013
    Hi, I'm due to Arrive in LAX with Virgin Atlantic and catch a connecting flight with Air Tahiti. Will Virgin Atlantic check my luggage through to my Air Tahiti flight? What is the process if they will / will not? Thanks for your help


    Virgin Atlantic arrives in Terminal 2 and Air Tahiti Nui leaves out of Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal. Either way you need to collect your luggage in LAX and go thru passport and customs. I doubt Air Tahiti has a representative in Term 2. You can either walk to the Bradley Int'l Term (you walk outside for 10 minutes) or catch LAX Connection Bus. LAX is shaped like a horseshoe and Bradley is the closed portion at the end. Have fun!!


    If you are an international arrival at LAX, you need to go through passport check, pick up your bags and go through customs clearance. As Virgin Atlantic (arriving at Terminal 2) most likely would not transfer your bags to your Air Tahiti flight, you will have to take your bag to the connecting Bradley Terminal ("TBIT"), check your bag in, go through security check and on to your gate. You can take the LAX blue bus on the isle across from T2 to TBIT, coming around every 12-15 mins and taking about 5 mins to TBITl.


  • flight schedule
    Feb 2, 2013
    how can i track a passenger in route flight on eastern china airline?


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