VA1, Sydney to LAX: getting from Tom Bradley to Terminal 6 without leaving security?

By philhar | Jan 07, 2019, 10:26 AM
I am a bit confused about the current state of LAX airport. Is it possible to get from Tom Bradley to Terminal 6 without needing to go outside of the security zone? Ideally, I would want to clear customs and go directly to the gate of my flight from Terminal 6 (carry on only, online checkin) and not have to worry about a TSA security queue. Is that possible?
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By X | Jan 07, 2019, 10:56 AM
No. All passengers arriving off an international flight clear customs/immigration and need to be rescreened by TSA prior to their next flight. There is no route back airside from the customs hall which does not involve rescreening.

There is a screening point in TBIT and you can use the airside connector and tunnels to get to T6. Depending on the time of day, it may be faster to walk landside to T6 and clear security there.
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By philhar | Jan 07, 2019, 12:01 PM
No. All passengers arriving off an international flight clear customs/immigration and need to be rescreened by TSA prior to their next flight. There is no route back airside from the customs hall which does not involve rescreening.

There is a screening point in TBIT and you can use the airside connector and tunnels to get to T6. Depending on the time of day, it may be faster to walk landside to T6 and clear security there.

Thanks for the information. That makes sense. I'm concerned with the government shutdown will make TSA worse than usual (I fly this week).

Out of curiosity: at the time of VA1 landing (~6AM) which do you think is faster? TBIT or outside terminal 6?
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By djtech | Jan 07, 2019, 01:53 PM
In my experience that time is when several flights arrive including QF's flights from Australia so I would judge the line and possibly go to Terminal 6.

The government shutdown has not affected the TSA officially but some are calling in sick. They say wait times are as usual but that was a very low bar anyways.
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By crwilkins | Jan 09, 2019, 02:11 PM
If you have carry on only, I would exit TBIT and go straight to T6 and through security there, ignore the connecting flights line at TBIT etc and go straight to T6
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