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Since you're in transit, just write "in transit" for the address, and show your connecting flight's ticket if asked. For what it's worth, this is a common scenario that immigration officers will have seen before, because the US does not recognize the idea of sterile transit: every traveller has to pass through Customs & Immigration, even if they are ...


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I've heard that this happens frequently with the TSA in the United States You may have heard wrong. In 2014 the US airport with most TSA complaints filed was JFK in New York with 891 complaints. In the same year the airport handled 53.3 million customers. It's also fair to assume that not all claims are based on a real event (since it's an easy way to make ...


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No. United and Emirates do not interline, so the only way this connection could happen would be if you purchased two separate tickets. This is not nearly enough time for that. When you arrive in LAX on an international flight from Dubai, you'll have to go through US immigration and customs, change terminals, then security, then to your gate. And if you have ...


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However, since I bought each flight separately, I am not in transit when arriving the US and that will force me to cross the border through LAX, get my bags and wait some hours to take my next flight. This actually makes no difference, because in the US, everyone connecting has to clear the border, and have the relevant visas to do so. The only difference ...


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It has little to do with the payment level of the country, but with what they get away with. In the US, the urban knowledge is that laptops, iPads, etc. get nearly always stolen. That might or might not be true, but our company policy is to never put such electronics in the luggage, and never accept a forced checking of your carry-on at the boarding (we are ...


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Yes, you will. This isn't because of any aviation or security laws, but simply because Southwest's terminal at LAX (Terminal 1) isn't connect to any of the other terminals airside (post-security). You'll need to walk or take the shuttle to Terminal 4 or 5. You could also probably reclear security at the TBIT, but those security lines are horrendous. Best (...


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Speaking from personal experience: Firstly, I assume I'll be spending some of that time in customs, getting my bag, being searched, probed and whatnot. If you are a US citizen, you'll probably spend about an hour with immigration and customs. If you're not, wait times could be up to four hours during a busy period, and that assumes you're not suspicious. ...


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Airplanes are pre-cleared, not humans What happens with pre-clearance is the airplane docks in an area that is under control of US CBP or trusted partners. The airplane is inspected (cleared), then each passenger and their possessions enters this area and effectively is landed in the USA, with immigration done on them, and customs done on their stuff. All ...


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It depends on how you weight fast/cheap/comfortable and how far south you'd like to go. My suggestion would be to take the FlyAway bus to Union Station ($7, ~45 min), then take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, which starts at $17 to Irvine (59 min) and $22 to San Clemente (88 min). The Pacific Surfliner is reliable and clean, and bypasses the 405 freeway's ...


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"like a citizen" should read "as if I were arriving from another US airport" because citizenship has nothing to do with whether a passenger must clear immigration and customs. Only the point of origin is relevant. You cannot use preclearance if you're flying through Amsterdam because this statement is incomplete: To go to preclearance, I have to have an ...


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70 minutes is plenty of time - if your inbound flight is on time. Almost all United flights - including ALL domestic flights - arrive into terminal 7 or 8, and all departing United flights leave from those same terminals. These terminals are connected airside, and there is no additional security or outbound immigration you need to pass through. Worst case ...


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I did remember to take some pictures, but the flash was turned off and lighting was not great. So. Here is the left side of the sign. In the middle is Global Entry. All three on the categories on the left say "AUTOMATED PASSPORT CONTROL" at the bottom and have a person-at-a-kiosk symbol at left. From the left, 1. U.S. Citizens & Canadian Citizens ...


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I can't answer for the free wifi or power charge points. Usually for electrical plugs, you'll see people sitting on the floor near a wall. All food facilities will take a credit card as long as it's VISA or MasterCard. Discover and American Express are less widely accepted. Update: Here's a link to LAX on wifi access: LAX - Airport Information - Internet ...


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Since all of these are domestic flights, customs (or passport control) is not involved at all, and things work exactly the same for everyone regardless of citizenship. You will have to: exit the plane and go to baggage claim wait for your bags go to the terminal where you will do your check-in check in (or drop your bags) before the deadline go through ...


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Here's a list of stores at LAX: Los Angeles World Airpors Based on the name, "Luggage Store - Before TSA" (Ticketing Level) can probably help you out. Depending on your budget there's also a Coach store in the Great Hall as well. I'm sure there are other stores that sell luggage as well but I can't tell from the names alone.


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Your luggage will be checked through to China as American Eagle and American Airlines are code share flights assuming you booked it on the same itinerary. If not, you can request them to check it through to the final destination. Since all the flights except the last one are local flights, you will not need to collect and recheck in your baggage after ...


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For up-to-date news, the FlyerTalk thread concerning the terminal move and other aspects of flying Delta through LAX is pretty reliable. As the One Mile at a Time blog points out, unfortunately, the "Sky Way" connecting Terminals 2 and 3 is not expected to open until at least 2023. Before we move on, though, I regret to inform you of the biggest headache ...


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According to a Hudson Booksellers facebook post on April 6, 2018, all Hudson news-stands at LAX sell SIM cards


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If she is 'elderly' you can It's a bit of a game but there exclusions for the elderly and accompaniment of them. Her lack of English would not qualify. There are millions of people daily traveling in foreign lands and lack of local language is rarely met with empathy. The elderly, however, can require assistance in these situations. You can tell her ...


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My favorite way to get between the two used to be on a United Express Embraer-120 operated by SkyWest, which gave you a grand aerial tour of the LA basin and, at the time, 500 frequent flyer miles for 34 flight miles. Sadly, those flights were discontinued some years ago. Shared Van As with DAL-DFW, MIA-FLL, or HOU-IAH then, the most direct and economical ...


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Technically, you can. Practically, 4 hours is not that much time. If you're admitted to the US on arrival, you go out through the immigration and customs, and its up to you whether to turn left (connections) or right (exit), no-one forces you to go either way. I might have confused left and right, haven't been in LAX international arrivals for a while now. ...


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LAX now offers Free WiFi throughout the airport, along with a relatively cheap upgrade for 'premium' connection speeds. Credit cards are accepted at most (all?) shops and restaurants, and power outlets can be found around the airport. Expect competition for an ideally located open outlet at peak times - traveling with a splitter or power strip can make you ...


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I've used the FlyAway in both directions twice already. It's very convenient to get downtown reliably. Traffic doesn't seem to affect much the duration of trips (45min seems like a good estimate) as they ride on the freeway in the ExpressLanes, reserved for buses and people who pay for a special pass. My only complaint is that one time, the bus wasn't ...


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Yes, you will need to go through Immigration, pick up your bags and go through Customs before you can connect to your domestic flight. I can't give you exact advice since the shiny new International terminal just opened last week as I type this, and the LAX website is stunningly useless, but there should be an AA service counter after Customs that can ...


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Short answer: Uber or Lyft. If you are particularly price sensitive, check the quote for UberPool or the Lyft Line. Depending on various factors* the difference can be substantial. * I have no idea what these factors are but I have had circumstances where the difference was >$40.


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"It's one ticket" Yes, you will be checked in for both flights and your baggage should be checked through to SIN. The Agent will confirm this at SFO. 1:55 is not really a short connection time, even if you have to walk from T3 to TBIT, they're adjacent. It's possible Singapore Airlines will issue you a new Boarding Pass at the gate, just listen for any ...


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There's no way to tell. Both the CBP and CBSA fully have the authority to stamp every time you cross the border inwards, neither country has exit checks but it's almost totally random. Theoretically the CBP stamps once per validity so if you cross the US border then you get a stamp once and no more for the next three months if you have an ESTA or six if you ...


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There is no air-side transfer between terminals 1 and 4, so you must exist and re-enter passing through security. Even if you had checked bags, it would make no difference in this case.


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This CBP page says a Sentri card holder may use their passport at a Global Entry kiosk when entering the US by air. The page goes on to state an exception: Sentri card holders who are citizens of Mexico must specifically apply for Global Entry via their Trusted Travelers Account. Thus, if you had arrived in the US by air, and are not a Mexican citizen, you ...


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