Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 07 Aug 2014
Total posts 27
Which LAX terminal has faster TSA security? T4 or TBIT?
I'm heading through LAX this weekend, connecting from Qantas to American Airlines at T4. The past several times I've dealt with long queues going through TSA at T4. I was wondering with the new T4-TBIT connector if it would be quicker for me to go through TSA security in TBIT and then use the tunnel to T4? I assume there aren't many departing flights from TBIT within the 6-8am time period as well. I'm booked on a single Qantas ticket, so I should have my boarding pass for my American flight, so is this possible to enter TBIT airside without a flight from that terminal and is this a good idea in general? Or would going through T4 just be quicker in general?
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
Depends on the day.
There will be a separate securtiy for people doing exactly this (but it is still months away from opening).. For now when you leave TBIT look up at the podium level and look at the queue. If its short use TBIT, if its long, take the short walk to T4.
TBIT generally has very few flights departing in the morning so it should be the quicker option.
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 456
Pretty sure you'll be re-screened once you get to T4 via the new bridge. There was a detailed review of the new connector on the Cranky Flier website.
Not sure of Chris or David are going stateside anytime soon - would be a good topic for a review...
Nope. Its completely airside. Once airside you can move freely between TBIT, T4, T5, T6, T7 and T8 using the connectors and tunnels
You check-in for a flight from Sydney to Chicago via LAX - at LAX you collect your bags and 'could' remove and carry on yourself items that might otherwise be confiscated at a TSA check point - re-check your bags and then continue on into T4 without a further TSA check?
No. When you collect bags at US airports you are landside, and will need to go through security to get back airside
To quote from Cranky Flier:
They can re-check bags and then immediately go through a new security area that leads up a ramp into the connector. That’s going to make things move much more quickly for those connecting off an international arrival in Bradley.
As an aside, T4 TSA is seriously bad. Even as a QF Platinum the best I've ever experienced has been a 30min wait...
You would have to think using the connector and new TSA point will be faster.
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 771
Off my memory, once you collect your bags at LAX TBIT you are landside.Hence why you would need to go through security.
However on the way back, but lets say you are doing ORD-LAX-SYD, if your baggage is checked through, you could use the T4-TBIT connector without going landside. Hence, no security.
Member since 23 Jun 2014
Total posts 14
Depending on the time of the day you could drop off your bags for the connecting flight after exiting TBIT then go upstairs and try the TBIT secuirty. It would be potentially much quicker. May depend on the person you get if they stop and make you go to T4. I have been able to access different terminals before but hit and miss.
Thanks for advice. I'll give it a crack and let you guys know how it goes. Could be a sneaky tip to get more lounge time and lessing lining up for those travelling on American Airlines and elsewhere.
Member since 28 Aug 2016
Total posts 1
Hi mbe1510 - checking to see how you went with going back in to TBIT to use lounge before T4 flight ? Im in LAX 10 Sept and dont want the hassle of T4 queues. If I can get through TBIT, check bags then reenter and use the new tunnel, would be perfect...
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