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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 10:28 AM
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W'll be on the flight Toronto - Hongkong with Cathay next month. There will be a technical stop in Anchorage, do we have to stay in the airplane during this stop ? IN 2003 on the same route we didn't stay in the airplane, but now it seems to me that the stop time is not so long than the one in 2003.

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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 10:50 AM
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Stay in plane. No sterile transit lounge and no US immigration/customs. A pure fuel stop.
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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 11:13 AM
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I looked at the data on The average time on the ground for both ways are about 1:20 from touch-down to take-off in recent days.
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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 12:08 PM
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It's not the lack of lounge or customs people - both in adequate supply in ANC.

It's the suspension of the "transit without visa" (TWOV) and "international to international" (ITI) programs by the US Dept of Homeland Security that are to blame here.

This is a real shame, because the duty free offerings at ANC are/were some of the best anywhere. Time was that numerous Europe-Asia flights stopped in ANC daily, and a lot of fur coats, smoked salmon, frozen crab, native crafts and gold nuggets were sold.
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That brings back memories from 1987... landing in ANC on a runway entirely "surfaced" with compacted snow in the middle of December on a Swissair DC-10 en route from Zurich to Tokyo - I freaked out a bit, thinking we were touching down too early!

Anyway, the whole plane, filled almost exclusively with Japanese, emptied practically instantly and all ran to the HUGE duty free emporium. We called my grandparents in NY from a payphone for a few quarters - what a weird feeling to do that on the way from Europe to Asia.

Oh well, that's all history now - I feel so old ;-)
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