LAX International Transfer Question

Old Jul 20, 17, 6:54 am
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LAX International Transfer Question

Good morning! I fly CUN-LAX and then transfer to AS to SEA, all in first class. Looking at the past few days flights, the flights into LAX land at Terminal 6, which is also where I depart. Is there customs/immigration at T6, or do I have to get to TBIT to clear customs? If so, what's the best way to get back to T6 from there? Hoping I don't have to go outside to go through TSA again. Thanks for any help!
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Old Jul 20, 17, 9:16 am
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You should arrive at the TBIT.

Using the secure airside connector, arriving international passengers can clear Security after they clear USCBP, then proceed airside from TBIT to T4, and then take the airside tunnel to T6.

In T4, the access to the airside tunnel is from Gate 44 (look for "Terminal Transfer"). Take the escalator down to Gate 44, then turn left and take the escalator down towards baggage claim. At the bottom of the escalator make a U-turn to the right and enter through the double doors. There is an elevator located to the right of the escalators (inside a little hallway) that will take you directly to the tunnels. Walk the tunnel to T5 and then again to T6, and then take the escalator or elevator up to the concourse.

Map of airside tunnels.

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Old Jul 20, 17, 10:44 am
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T6/7 has immigration/customs. You'll still have to clear security again after you get through this but you'll be in the same building.
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Old Jul 20, 17, 12:19 pm
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T6/7 has immigration/customs. You'll still have to clear security again after you get through this but you'll be in the same building.
Unless it's at night? When we arrived at T6 from Mexico in Feb at ~8 pm on a Saturday we had to bus to TBT for customs then run back to T6 to make our connection on the same plane we arrived on.
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Old Jul 20, 17, 12:53 pm
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Unless it's at night? When we arrived at T6 from Mexico in Feb at ~8 pm on a Saturday we had to bus to TBT for customs then run back to T6 to make our connection on the same plane we arrived on.
VX 295/AS 1295 shows arrival at TBIT tonight on flightstats.
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Old Jul 20, 17, 3:22 pm
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Thanks all for the info! My big concern was I'd have to exit airside, transit to the other terminal, and then re-clear security. If I can move around airside either through T6 or from TBIT, that will be fine. I've got a 2.5 hr layover, and Global Entry, so should hopefully have plenty of time. Thanks again!
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Old Jul 20, 17, 4:30 pm
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Thanks all for the info! My big concern was I'd have to exit airside, transit to the other terminal, and then re-clear security. If I can move around airside either through T6 or from TBIT, that will be fine. I've got a 2.5 hr layover, and Global Entry, so should hopefully have plenty of time. Thanks again!
I think walking through the tunnels is kinda cool. Sort of a Cold War feel. It was amazing foresight to build them decades before airline hubs and 9/11 security.
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Old Jul 20, 17, 9:10 pm
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Cool, I'll have to check that out!

Thanks again for the help! I'm excited to try VX first class as haven't flown VX before.
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Old Jul 21, 17, 10:01 pm
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You should arrive at the TBIT.

Using the secure airside connector, arriving international passengers can clear Security after they clear USCBP, then proceed airside from TBIT to T4, and then take the airside tunnel to T6.

In T4, the access to the airside tunnel is from Gate 44 (look for "Terminal Transfer"). Take the escalator down to Gate 44, then turn left and take the escalator down towards baggage claim. At the bottom of the escalator make a U-turn to the right and enter through the double doors. There is an elevator located to the right of the escalators (inside a little hallway) that will take you directly to the tunnels. Walk the tunnel to T5 and then again to T6, and then take the escalator or elevator up to the concourse.

Map of airside tunnels.

Thanks for the great directions to navigate from TBIT to T6! Was super helpful and a breeze. Would have been a lot more difficult without it.
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Old Jul 21, 17, 10:11 pm
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Thanks for the great directions to navigate from TBIT to T6! Was super helpful and a breeze. Would have been a lot more difficult without it.
where did you arrive? Most flights this week look like they are arriving at terminal6.
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Old Jul 22, 17, 1:04 am
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I would clear security in T6, not TBIT. TBIT transit security is quite unpleasant. IMO, the only reason to clear there is if you want to access TBIT (for one of the lounges, for example).
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Old Jul 22, 17, 5:25 am
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Originally Posted by johnp012001 View Post
where did you arrive? Most flights this week look like they are arriving at terminal6.

99% TBIT.
I believe the only international VX flight that arrives at T6 is the midday sunday CUN arrival. All of the others are sent to remote or TBIT, which requires re-clearing security at T6 or the hidden TBIT connections lane (Which as an LA native I have never needed to use and must be a myth/fable/false news as clearing TBIT TSA in under 8 hours is impossible.)
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Old Jul 22, 17, 9:00 pm
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Originally Posted by johnp012001 View Post
where did you arrive? Most flights this week look like they are arriving at terminal6.
Arrived at TBIT. Was nice with Global Entry and no one at security (we landed at 7:30 PM) it was smooth to get through. Walk to T6 was longer than it took for me to clear customs, grab and recheck my luggage and go through security. Thanks again for the advice!
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