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2023 - 2024 LAX Connections and Transfers Thread

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2023 - 2024 LAX Connections and Transfers Thread
Connecting passengers who are arriving at LAX on international flights will also find useful information in the following thread:


FAQ:

Does LAX have Automated Passport Control available for tourist visa holders?

Yes.


Does the US have international transfer desks?

No.


How can I obtain a boarding pass at Tom Bradley International Terminal?
  • The first way is the most obvious: check in online via your phone.
  • The second way is to use the automated kiosk. There are several located airside throughout TBIT and in the T4 - TBIT connector.
  • The third way is to show up at the gate or the check-in counters and get a paper boarding pass (this is not suggested for those with time constraints)

Do you have to go through security when going from one terminal to another?

Terminals 4 through 8 and Tom Bradley International Terminal are connected airside. There are Delta Air Lines shuttle buses connecting T2, T3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. To go to or from T1, you will need to exit and re-enter security. Please consult this link for more information.


How long will security take at Tom Bradley International Terminal?

Plan on at least 30 minutes.
"Published" Minimum Connect Time (MCT) international to domestic at LAX is 2 hours. Numerous LAX regulars advise that 3 hours is much safer. Wait times for incoming immigration and customs services are very inconsistent. While the vast majority of international flights arrive at the newly remodeled Tom Bradley Terminal, some airlines use older customs facilities in Terminal 2, 4 and 6. View recent postings in this thread for more information.

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Resources

Los Angeles International Airport website.

How to enter LAX/Parking Map.

LAX Terminal Maps.

Inter-Terminal Connections.

How Do I Connect from Terminal B through Terminal 8? Follow the Yellow Dots.

All terminals at LAX are connected airside (above ground hallways between terminals 1 and T4, and T6, T7 and T8, and tunnels between terminals 4, 5 and 6). There are occasional airside shuttles elsewhere, but are subject to change (e.g. AA to American Eagle). Airport policy allows you to access any LAX terminal, even if your flight departs from another, with a same day boarding pass for a flight departing from LAX.
LAX also now has an interactive map that will give detailed instructions between any two name-able points in the terminals (e.g. gates, restaurants, lounges, etc): Interactive Map


Tom Bradley International Terminal serves most, but not all, foreign airlines.

In most instances, international arrivals require processing USDHS-CBP (immigration, recovering baggage and processing customs); if you are going on in your travels, there is a baggage recheck counter as you exit customs. This can be fairly rapid if you have Global Entry or are arriving at a slack period, but it can take 60-90 minutes if you are arriving during a busy arrivals period.

After clearing customs and immigration, you must exit to landside and proceed to your next terminal. It is now possible to connect from T1 to T2, T3, TBIT, T4, T5, T6, T7 and T8 through the secured airside area - link to map above - after clearing TSA security on the arrival level of TBIT at the exit from the Federal Inspections Services facility. Alternatively, you may take the free shuttle busses, which only proceed anti / counter clockwise direction (In Order: 1-2-3-TBIT-4-5-6-7-8), or you can walk. At ground level you will be sheltered by the overhead departures-serving roadway, but be exposed to vehicle fumes and cigarette smoke; on the departures level, you will be exposed to the weather. It should take no more than 5 minutes to walk from one adjacent terminal to another, but it can take significantly longer to walk between distant terminals - as long as 15 - 20 minutes.

The prior threads on this topic, 2012 - "Consolidated Questions About Connecting at LAX" thread, 2013 Consolidated LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread, 2014 Consolidated LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread, 2015 Consolidated LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread, 2016 LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread, 2017 LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread and 2018 - 2022 LAX Connecting / Connection / Connections thread contain relevant information, however, to keep them from getting too long they have been archived and the 2022/23 updates are in this thread.
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell
Thanks for the replies. The reason for the LAS-LAX-JFK is its part of a BA international ticket DUB-ORD ORD-LAS LAX-JFK JFK-LHR-DUB in business. Its under <2k but adding the LAS-LAX onto that ticket, even in Y adds over 700.

Im not married to UA on the LAS-LAX leg, the only reason I was considering it is its the earliest flight out of LAS but I could choose AA/DL/AS etc.

And as a reference point, Im BA Gold
Ok, that makes a little more sense now. How much connecting time do the AA or AS options give you?
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 7:21 am
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Ok, that makes a little more sense now. How much connecting time do the AA or AS options give you?
AA 2hrs 45
AS 2hrs 30

Conceivably I could do LAS-SFO-JFK again on 2 tickets if SFO was an easier connection
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 7:32 am
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell
AA 2hrs 45
AS 2hrs 30

Conceivably I could do LAS-SFO-JFK again on 2 tickets if SFO was an easier connection
SFO is NOT easier and in fact much more prone to delays than LAX. If on two separate tickets, stick with LAX especially early in the morning.
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 7:38 am
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell
If I was on 2 AA flights (separate tickets), would they rebook if the first flight was delayed?
Originally Posted by andymcdonnell
AA 2hrs 45
AS 2hrs 30

Conceivably I could do LAS-SFO-JFK again on 2 tickets if SFO was an easier connection
Then go with the 2:45 on AA. You'll at least be arriving/departing from the same T4/T5 at LAX.
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 8:04 am
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If you are BA gold fly AA you should get priority check in at LAS and free luggage though if you are flying FC you would already have that

look up your flight on flightaware prior to checking in your bag make sure the incoming equipment is there or in flight and on time, once you hand over your bag your flexibility to change flights is greatly reduced if you haven’t checked in your bag and if your flight is delayed or canceled just buy a ticket on another airline you have plenty of options and can get a refund for the unused ticket
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 9:07 am
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As the question posed in the OP is really more about how long is enough to move between LAX terminals than it is about AA or AAdvantage, I am going to move this thread to the relevant Destinations forum.

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Old Apr 16, 2024, 11:16 am
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Since a miss risks the remainder of your BA ticket, I would want at least 4 hours at LAX on separate tickets. Depending on the LAX departure time, I'd consider coming in the night before.
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Old Apr 16, 2024, 11:45 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee
Since a miss risks the remainder of your BA ticket, I would want at least 4 hours at LAX on separate tickets. Depending on the LAX departure time, I'd consider coming in the night before.
I low-key agree with this sentiment, though understand people do this stuff all the time. While I am a bit risk averse with this stuff, I personally wouldnt be comfortable risking a return leg of an international itinerary like this and probably would book a hotel at LAX for the night before.
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Old May 20, 2024, 11:12 am
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Whats the quickest way to get from Terminal 7 to Terminal 4 land side? Is departures or arrivals level better for the walk?
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Old May 20, 2024, 11:20 am
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Whats the quickest way to get from Terminal 7 to Terminal 4 land side? Is departures or arrivals level better for the walk?
It's the same distance, so it should take about the same amount of time. I prefer the upper level to avoid second hand smoke, exhaust fumes and reverberating traffic noise.

Also currently, due to construction, the only way to get up from the arrivals to the departure levels at T4 are a couple of very slow elevators.
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Please move if not suitable here.
How does LAX security handle duty-free liquids (a bottle of booze) in sealed duty-free plastic bags showing receipt?
We are travelling through LAX with hand luggage only and need to clear immigration/customs at TBIT before heading to T1 (rather short connection time, so checking luggage is no option).
If i buy a bottle of whisky at the originating airport (ZRH), will LAX security confiscate it?
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Originally Posted by TrickMcDave
Please move if not suitable here.
How does LAX security handle duty-free liquids (a bottle of booze) in sealed duty-free plastic bags showing receipt?
We are travelling through LAX with hand luggage only and need to clear immigration/customs at TBIT before heading to T1 (rather short connection time, so checking luggage is no option).
If i buy a bottle of whisky at the originating airport (ZRH), will LAX security confiscate it?
Your issue is that you are connecting from an int'l to a domestic US flight. In TBIT you will have to clear passport control and then customs, but this will not be a problem (you probably won't even be asked by customs if you have anything to declare). The problem will happen when you transfer to T1, where you will have to re-clear security, and the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not have an exemption for its 3-1-1 liquid rule. You may only bring liquids in containers of 3.4 fl. oz. or less (approx 100 ml) through security. They will make you throw away the whiskey at the security line in order to pass through.

A solution to this problem would be to place the whiskey in your carry on and then check the carry on bag at T1 with your onward airline.
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