Korean Air Skypass - KE 61 / 62
Jun 3, 12, 7:53 pm
Booking ticket from Asia to San Paulo on KE website. I understand that there will be a technical stop at LAX. A dialog box said traveler needs to provide "relevant document for U.S. immigration."
Do people need to clear customs at LAX for this flight's technical stop?
Jun 4, 12, 6:45 am
Yes. It's not just a technical stop, not like the old days at Anchorage. It's a real stop. Everyone must get off the plane and clear US Customs and Immigration.
I'm 99% sure on this, but haven't taken the flight myself, so someone else might verify.
Jun 4, 12, 1:06 pm
Ok. Thanks for the info!
Jul 30, 12, 1:49 am
Technical difference here, but most people go through Immigration but not customs. After immigration, you are taken to a transit lounge. Some nationalities need a US transit visa (but not typical entry visa).
I usually go through customs as the VIP area of the transit lounge is terrible. However, going though customs will often attract a bit of attention from customs officers wondering why you don't have any luggage with you. Every other time it seems I get questioned on it and it takes a few minutes to explain to them that "no I don't have to get my luggage yet" and "yes I've done it before". Don't try this if you have any duty free that won't make it through security as a carry on.