KLM changing arrival procedures at LAX???

Old Mar 28, 17, 3:55 pm
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KLM changing arrival procedures at LAX???

Just arrived today with kl601 at LAX.
Got towed in at TBIT gate 134 but when we arrived upstairs to walk to immigration, we were directed to a bus gate, and taken by bus to terminal 5 for immigration and customs. Is this permanent?
For me it was a huge improvement. First bus left only 80% filled up, immigration hall was empty, and went through skypriority check upstairs. And then changed to an earlier flight further on.
Arrived at the gate at 11.55 and pushback of my connecting flight in first at 12.51, a new record for me
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Old Mar 29, 17, 12:44 am
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This is temporary, until 15/05. But check-in/departures are still from TBIT. This temporary change concerns also AM, MU and CZ. Here is the info posted in AF/KL France travel agent portal (sorry, in French)
KL : transfert temporaire des arrivées à Los Angeles

09/03/2017

Le service américain des douanes et de la protection des frontières, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), a décidé que, du 12 mars au 15 mai 2017 inclus, les passagers qui débarquent des vols KLM (KL), Aeroméxico (AM), China Southern (CZ) et China Eastern Airlines (MU) seront accueillis au Terminal 5 et non au Terminal International Tom Bradley (TBIT).
Ce transfert temporaire est dû au prochain déplacement de Delta (DL) vers les Terminaux 2 et 3, comme annoncé dans le CB97.

Les voyageurs qui débarquent au Terminal 5 bénéficient des avantages suivants :
- moins d'attente aux douanes
- des correspondances plus rapides et plus fluides vers les vols DL
- moins de distance à parcourir à pied / sortie plus rapide du Terminal

Les vols KL arrivent toujours au Terminal International Tom Bradley (TBIT) mais les clients seront transférés en bus vers le Terminal 5.
Les clients qui partent de LAX ne seront pas touchés. L'enregistrement KL reste au TBIT.
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Old Mar 29, 17, 2:50 am
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You must not be aware that LAX is currently undergoing one of the largest airport rearrangements ever attempted.

plenty of further details elsewhere on this website.
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