Member since 24 Apr 2014
Total posts 230
Going to the USA in a few weeks, has anyone gone recently? Curious if security etc. is slower and problematic since Trump?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 347
Entry into U.S is a lot more quicker due to automated systems, exiting U.S is always dramatic (same as travelling within), inefficient security lines and very very slow, arrogant TSA.
Member since 11 Jan 2013
Total posts 179
I now live in New York and travel across the US for work a lot. Things don't seem to have gotten much worse since Trump. In fact, at Chicago O'Hare airport in April, everyone was told to keep their shoes on rather than taking them off for screening (in normal lines whereas usually this is only for TSA Pre-Check).
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 30 Jul 2014
Total posts 8
I went April 22 VA from Melbourne to LAX From exiting plane to exiting terminal 20 mins! Last year around same date over 2 hours.
Member since 12 Feb 2017
Total posts 4
went to the US in the last 3 weeks (SYD-SFO-LAX-MEL) with the family in tow. Usually the automated systems are quite quick on the way in but as it was the family's first time with ESTA, the wait at SFO took over an hour.
Member since 01 Nov 2016
Total posts 142
I flew Qantas through Dallas in April and was a little concerned. But had no problems. My advice is if you can avoid LAX or even SFO as my experience flying direct into the mid west either from Sydney or Asia has been much easier.
Member since 15 Apr 2016
Total posts 36
Mrs B and I have literally just finished transferring through LAX off NZ6. If it hadn't been for Mrs B being pinged by border security and detained for 90 min, it would've been a clear run. Once she was released from security, we managed to clear baggage and check in for a delta flight 2 terminals over within 30 min. Id allowed 3 hrs for mct and we boarded the domestic flight with 5 min to spare.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 378
Just returned a few days ago from my 3rd USA trip since the Trump election last Nov. Each trip has been variable on US entry/exit points (ie. DFW, LAX, SFO, JFK) and each has involved significant domestic US travel.
Given status and a reasonable amount of AA travel, I'm lucky enough to secure PRECHK / Priority clearance. I haven't noticed any 'decline' in speed of security from TSA. That said, you can always get a 'slow-coach' pax in front of you that forgets to remove liquids etc from their carry-on, which can slow things down a bit.
I usually do 3 trips to the US a year, usually a month in duration .. and have done so for the past 7-8 years. To the contrary, the adoption of automatic passport processing at entry points has improved things dramatically, especially at LAX, SFO and DFW.
Enjoy your trip .. these days, you're more likely to be delayed by a late-arriving / delayed domestic sector than by TSA.
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