We are flying into Ft Lauderdale FLL at 2:55 from Panama, picking up luggage and going through customs to catch 5:30 flight to San Francisco. Is this doable?

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    What nationality/passports do you hold?
    – Peter M
    Jul 17 at 22:11
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    Are the two flights in the same ticket, or did you buy them separately?
    – jcaron
    Jul 17 at 22:24
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    Which airline(s) are you planning to fly with? When?
    – jcaron
    Jul 17 at 22:29
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    Well, that is a 2:35 hour layover, not 3:00. Be sure they are on one ticket so the airline flying you to SFO has a reason to get you there.
    – Jon Custer
    Jul 18 at 1:06

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Assuming this is 2.55pm (and not 2.55am) and it's on a single ticket, that should be fine. You can check average wait and max wait times at immigration here: https://awt.cbp.gov/ Fort Lauderdale in the afternoon should not be more than one hour.

A lot depends on your citizenship, type of document, airline status, Global Entry or equivalent, TSA PreCheck, etc.

  • You forgot to factor the inevitable delay and security in. It's obviously not doable in 20222 but y'all downvoted my answer so I deleted it. shrugs
    – chx
    Jul 18 at 18:49
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    I've flown a fair bit in 2022 and while I had occasional snags, it's IME not nearly as bad as the press makes it out to be. Two weeks ago I did 5 legs in USA and South America. Everything was on time and there were no unusual large delays at security or immigration.
    – Hilmar
    Jul 18 at 19:34

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