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Changing Airlines at LAX, could use some advice

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When I booked this trip on Orbitz, i didn't give switching airlines much thought as it was the preferred itinerary that Orbitz suggested. Long story short, I'm travelling from Jacksonville, Fl to Manila. I'm taking American Airlines into LAX and switching to Philippine Airlines. My impression when booking was that changing carriers was a non-issue. However, after hearing several horror stories about LAX, I'd like to understand what I have gotten myself into. Will I need to go back through security? Will my bags need to be rechecked? Any insight would be much appreciated. I'll have 2.5 hours between flights.

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