immigration at LAX

Feb 8th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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immigration at LAX

have travelled frequently to US via LAX but the time spent in immigration oops Homeland security last trip takes the cake . We stood for 1 hour without moving and then 1 hour 30 mins moving along to get to a passport control officer. Why are they so understaffed?
I felt particularly sorry for families with children esp like most of us who had just done long haul flights from Australia.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 12:22 AM
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It's all part of the "in depth security". The longer you wait the more likely an Evul Turrist will reveal themselves.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 12:38 AM
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It's been the same way for decades. Problem is that in general, the US federal government does not care about tourism and visitors to the country, and since these travelers do not have representation in the US government, their voices and needs are not heard.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 06:34 AM
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In my opinion LAX is the absolute worst airport for entering the US. Understaffed (or maybe just incompetent?), poorly organized, and just plain rude.

And I am a US citizen! I don't even have to deal with what foreign travelers go through. Whenever I plan a trip out of the country, I do my best NOT to return via LAX.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 09:03 AM
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I agree that LAX -- getting through customs/immigration -- is disorganized and inefficient, and the customs officers have the uniform blank stare and rarely smile and greet you. And the whole mess takes about an hour, whatever your nationality.

It is, however, relatively similar to the experience I've had coming in through London (both Heathrow and Gatwick, but mostly Heathrow), Paris, and New York.

The most efficent and organized of the entry ports for me have been Zurich and Amsterdam. Of course, exiting the Netherlands, especially by rail, is a completely different story!! And entering Switzerland by rail is not always a piece of cake either. We had one incident when sniffing dogs boarded and they found the need to taste test my son's baby powder!
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Feb 9th, 2011, 12:37 PM
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have travelled extensively in Europe and can say that LAX beats them all for inefficiecy, queues and time standing!!!
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Feb 9th, 2011, 03:26 PM
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Does the time of arrive and day of the week make any differance? We will be arriving from Fiji in the early afternoon on a Thursday.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 12:06 PM
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don't know as the flights I am on from Oz get in between 8 am amd 11 am as do some from Japan and Tahiti
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Feb 10th, 2011, 01:03 PM
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most u.s. airpoirts have very strict security measures set by the TSA
http://www.travelinsurance.org/tsa-timeline/
Sorry! but it will probably be pretty slow no matter when you get there! if you could check the arrivals, you might get a good idea of what time of day they get fewer flights in to shorten the lines.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 03:17 PM
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TSA procedures and requirements have close to zero impact on arriving passengers (who are not connecting to another flight in the same terminal). It's all on ICE which is horrendous in LAX (Bradley terminal at least).
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Feb 10th, 2011, 05:41 PM
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I've arrived at T2 and T6 with no issues with immigration, at least as a US Citizen. TBIT is a different matter, at times.
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Feb 12th, 2011, 04:14 PM
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oh goodie! We are flying New Zealand to LAX (en-route to New York) in June. Will have to start prepping my hates-standing-in-line-waiting-for-anything husband from now to avoid a toddler-esque meltdown ;o)
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Feb 13th, 2011, 04:12 AM
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Thanks, all. I'll report back in April.
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Feb 13th, 2011, 07:01 AM
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I don't go through customs in LAX much but I did in 2008. I must have been there on a very good day as it seems I'm the only person on earth who thought LAX was no worse than any other airport. I'm not always lucky when it comes to travel hassles so at least this went well for me. Of course, the next time I go through LAX it might be completely different.
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Feb 14th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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I note even the times wait list for Bradley on the Homeland security site have not been published!!!
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