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Old May 14, 12, 2:24 am   #1
 
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SFO FIS facilities?

In a couple of weeks I will fly from CDG-SFO on AF (arr 12:45). I know that the INTL terminal at SFO is divided into A gates and G gates. Do both of these concourses have separate FIS facilities, or is there a central one for both concourses? What is immigration like at around 12:45?
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Old May 14, 12, 10:05 am   #2
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One central facility on the lower level. I never arrive at that hour, so I can't help in that regard.
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if i knew what FIS stood for

I might be able to help....
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Don't know what FIS is so can't help on that.

With respect to immigration, there are many international flights that arrive between 1100AM and 200PM. This time period is probably the busiest of the day for immigration.
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FIS= Federal Inspection facilities, basically immigration (CBP)

So it will be busy around 1pm?
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One central facility on the lower level. I never arrive at that hour, so I can't help in that regard.
One facility divided into two halves. G and A arrivals don't meet until after they have cleared Customs. I'm sure that they can easily switch agents between halves but I know that they don't always do so. Arriving in G on UA at exactly the same time as my cousin arrived on BA in A, it took me 50 minutes to get to the head of the US line, whereas it took her less than 5 minutes.
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From San Francisco International Airport - questions frequently asked by the media:
How can the media get access to the Customs area of the International Terminal?
Media access to the Federal Inspection Services area (or “Customs area”) at San Francisco International Airport is strictly controlled by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security. All requests for access to the FIS Area must be directed to CBP
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In a couple of weeks I will fly from CDG-SFO on AF (arr 12:45). I know that the INTL terminal at SFO is divided into A gates and G gates. Do both of these concourses have separate FIS facilities, or is there a central one for both concourses? What is immigration like at around 12:45?
The A gates at the International Terminal have their own separate Immigration/ Custom facilities. During your time of arrival, you could have VS, EK and BA arriving around your time. So, AF usually has around ~380 paxs, VS ~ 330 , EK ~ 300 and BA ~ 300. it could be a little busy but they do staff the Immigration by ratio to arriving passengers.
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The A gates at the International Terminal have their own separate Immigration/ Custom facilities. During your time of arrival, you could have VS, EK and BA arriving around your time. So, AF usually has around ~380 paxs, VS ~ 330 , EK ~ 300 and BA ~ 300. it could be a little busy but they do staff the Immigration by ratio to arriving passengers.
Wow - they are so identical, I figured they were the same. I usually arrive A, rarely G, so I suppose I never really noticed.
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The A gates at the International Terminal have their own separate Immigration/ Custom facilities. During your time of arrival, you could have VS, EK and BA arriving around your time. So, AF usually has around ~380 paxs, VS ~ 330 , EK ~ 300 and BA ~ 300. it could be a little busy but they do staff the Immigration by ratio to arriving passengers.
Guess it is going to be busy then.
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Wow - they are so identical, I figured they were the same. I usually arrive A, rarely G, so I suppose I never really noticed.
Yes, they are quite similar but for one thing, in the A- Terminal, the US Lines are on the Right side and in the G-Terminal, the US lines are on the Left side. Suttle difference.
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