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Melbourne, Australia
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transit wait time LAX

at then end of our trip, to america, we are flying from vegas to LAX, then LAX to melbounre.

we have about a 6hr wait in transit at LAX airport. our tickets were all booked together on the one ticket thru a travel agency.

does anyone know if our baggage gets checked in at vegas and goes straight thru to melbourne?

would this mean we do all custom and security checks at vegas and not in LAX?

so would this mean we are stuck in a transit lounge at LAX for the 6hrs? If so is there anything we can do there?

Los Angeles
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1. Re: transit wait time LAX

No, since the flight from Vegas to LAX is a domestic flight, you would need to check in to your international flight and go through any immigration procedures for departing passengers at LAX, not in LV. You probably want to start this process about three hours before the departing flight, so that would give you about three hours where you would not have to be stuck in the airport. I suggest a short taxi ride over to the pier area in Manhattan Beach, where you can grab a quick lunch and possibly take a quick stroll on the beach before heading back to LAX.

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2. Re: transit wait time LAX

It is good that you have your outbound flight on one ticket but what we dont know are the two airlines you are using and if they have an interline agreement. The major carriers and those belonging to an airline alliance do so you may want to check that with the airline. Hard for us to guess that.

The only procedure that is done for all passengers who board a flight to another US destination or to any International destination is that they will check your id (passport when you check in and see if there are any papers they need to collect) and that is about it. There are no immigration or customs processes to go through when you leave the US. You will go through that in your home country when you land.

If you can check your bags through, then all you need to do is to show up at the gate of your outbound flight by going through security . Perhaps 90 minutes to 2 hours before flight time would be enough but do check the TSA security wait times for more info.

If you cannot then most airlines wil allow bags around 4 hours or more before the flight. Again check with the airline to see how early you can check bags.

Edited: 10:18 am, March 19, 2013
Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: transit wait time LAX

with our flights from vegas to Lax, on the ticket it says:

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL (VA)

flight operated by: Delta Airlines

then from LAX to melb its with Virgin Australia.

so when we get to LAX, are we free to roam about the entire airport instead of been stuck in a transit lounge?

Edited: 1:36 am, March 20, 2013
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4. Re: transit wait time LAX

You're free to roam wherever you wish (you can take a taxi to the beach and have a swim, if you like!)

Hong Kong, China
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5. Re: transit wait time LAX

There is no outbound passport control. You can go wherever you want. You will have to go through security again when you get back to LAX. If you are checked through, I suggest you get to the airport with no less than 75 minutes to go before your flight.

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