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  • Time for customs returning to US from Mexico
    May 29, 2014
    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?


    Hi i am coming into TBIT on Virgin Australia at 6.30 am local time and departing on Alsaka Airlines at 8.40. Is this enough time for Transit?


  • 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.


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