I am travelling to New York from Sydney in 8 weeks time. Even though I have been to the states before this is my first time travelling through LAX in transit. I arrive on a Qantas flight in LAX early in the morning and have a few hours there while it re-fuels. Now my question is I know I have to get off the plane and clear immigration but someone has told me that I also have to claim my luggage and then go to a transit desk and basically re-check my luggage in. Can someone confirm this for me? It just seems a little crazy as I am getting back on the same plane. Also when I initially get off the plane and clear immigration and claim my luggage what happens next? LAX is a crazy place and even though I am seasoned traveller I am little daunted by this! Any help would be great!
Yes you must clear customs at your first point of entry into the country. This will mean that you will have to go through the long and tedious routine at LAX. You then must check in for your domestic flight with your nominated carrier.
The good thing is ( if you have time) once you have cleared customs and checked back in, you can leave the terminal. Inn n Out burger is close by...if it were me I would head there for a burger...(I think the closest one is on Century Blvd?)
I don't know about LAX but at O'Hare the recheckin is just after you pick up your bags and clear customs. You will have to pick up your bags no matter what, however you should check them all the way to New York when you first check in. That way when you recheck them you should only have to drop them off and not stand in line again. This also means that your flight from LA to NY will be treated like a domestic one and you shouldn't have to do any more rigomarole when you reach NY. Cheers!
Yes, you're going to have to collect your bags, then re-check them... I came back from London (into Chicago O'Hare) last summer, and had to go through the same thing. I only had a little over an hour between flights, and I had to run to make my connection.
If you're worried, you should call the airline. Perhaps you can also check out LAX online? I'm not sure how LAX is set up, but hopefully you won't have to run all around the airport!
This question is asked all the time. About the only thing easy to visit in this space of time is either Venice Beach or Santa Monica (or both).