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Connections in Panama (PTY) - clear immigration or straight through?

Connections in Panama (PTY) - clear immigration or straight through?

 
Old Jun 1, 06, 11:04 am
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Connections in Panama (PTY) - clear immigration or straight through?

I have a friend who will arrive MIA- PTY on AA to connect to a COPA flight - am I correct in assuming like SAL or GUA he just goes to the COPA gate unless he actually wants to enter Panama? Which he doesn't.
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Old Jun 1, 06, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto
I have a friend who will arrive MIA- PTY on AA to connect to a COPA flight - am I correct in assuming like SAL or GUA he just goes to the COPA gate unless he actually wants to enter Panama? Which he doesn't.
no problem he does not enter Panma. you can get to all the gates on the same level you arrive. dont go with most of the people down to the lower level. just straght to the gate
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Old Jun 1, 06, 12:10 pm
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I thought so, thanks. If there was only a way to do this in US/Canada airports.
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Old Jun 3, 06, 8:59 am
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one caveat

Your friend must check in for the COPA flight on the same ticket when he initially checks in on AA. I have had real problems checking in at PTY in the middle of a trip. You almost have to exit immigration and start over at the ticket counter. Don't buy two tickets, buy one.
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Old Jun 3, 06, 10:10 am
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After further review he has rerouted to fly from SDQ vs. MIA on COPA to PTY on to MGA so it is a slam dunk. If he had been on the AA flight he could have found a COPA counter in MIA I presume, and done both checkins in advance of the trip.
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Old Jun 3, 06, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto
After further review he has rerouted to fly from SDQ vs. MIA on COPA to PTY on to MGA so it is a slam dunk. If he had been on the AA flight he could have found a COPA counter in MIA I presume, and done both checkins in advance of the trip.
Checking in at another airport for a flight is usually difficult to do.
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Old Jun 3, 06, 12:20 pm
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and if your friend wants to pick up a bottle of liquor while in the airport, mention to him that he can "barter" for prices. I like the "liquor store" at the far end of the terminal, away from the gates.

I generally stock up while I'm there.

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Old Jun 3, 06, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto
I thought so, thanks. If there was only a way to do this in US/Canada airports.
Except for flights cleared from Canada, passengers arriving on international flights to the US must clear immigration go through security before boarding another flight.
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Old Jun 4, 06, 1:07 am
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Originally Posted by mvoight
Except for flights cleared from Canada, passengers arriving on international flights to the US must clear immigration go through security before boarding another flight.
Dublin, Ireland also offers pre-clearance.
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Old Jun 4, 06, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by mvoight
Except for flights cleared from Canada, passengers arriving on international flights to the US must clear immigration go through security before boarding another flight.
That is the point (the part where I said "if only" tells you that you cannot do it) , I realize that this is the rule, whereas the PTY method would make ITI travel a lot nicer through the US and Canada.
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