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User currently offlinevingt20cent From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Hello All:

In the next couple of months, I will be traveling CUR-MIA-DTW-MTY. I have never gone through MIA U.S. Immigration, and have heard that it can be an "interesting" experience.

I will be flying AA and will be arriving in MIA @ 10:55, and my next flight to DTW will be at 13:15.

Do you believe that 2:20 minutes will suffice for a non-U.S. to go through customs and such, especially at that time in the morning?

Any guidance would be of great help!

Many thanks in advance,
V.

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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

Quoting vingt20cent (Thread starter):
Do you believe that 2:20 minutes will suffice for a non-U.S. to go through customs and such, especially at that time in the morning?

It should be plenty of time, but candidly MIA has some of the surliest and most unhelpful personnel of any airport I have ever been through.

Be patient, expect to be annoyed, and hope for the best.

Have a good trip!


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

My flight was an hour late arriving from Quito, Eucador last July and I had an hour to pass immigration, customs and connect on my next flight. Since I had not checked my bags I did not have to wait for them to arrive. I found the experience in the category "interesting" since it was very crowded and directions were unclear as to where to form lines. I made it through and rushed to my connecting flight that had begun to board. Luckily, I was flying F, which reduced the need to look for overhead bin space and I looked forward to a drink and a meal on the way to DFW.
You will have enought time. The distance to the connecting flights can be a long way. The Sky Train may help.


User currently offlineLeftCoaster From Cayman Islands, joined Nov 2007, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

Ahhh MIA immigration. Trust me on this one, you never know what you're going to get in MIA. I've flown through there so much, nothing really surprised me anymore.

There have been times that I thought immigration SHOULD be fairly quick & painless because of my arrival time, and found the place bursting at the seams. On the other hand, I've arrived expecting a madhouse...only to find myself breezing my way through.

One piece of advice is that Canadians (can I assume you're traveling on a Canadian passport from the Maple Leaf by your screen-name?) are usually allowed to use the US resident line. If you find the resident lines shorter than the others - don;t hesitate to use them.

Overall, 2:20 should be plenty of time, but you never know with MIA.

Good luck!


User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

I don't want to paint all of the hard working and dedicated workers at Miami with a broad brush, but the last time I cleared customs/immigration at MIA, what came to mind was that line in the Exorist, where Ellen Burstin is arguing with someone over the phone and asks, "How did you get this job, taking an illiteracy test?"

As a US born citizen, I was asked a few odd questions. I travel a lot and the questions are always the same whether MIA, ATL, CLT, ORD, JFK. Why did I go? Who did I go with? Did I see family or friends there? But the one that capped it all last year at MIA, was the fellow who collected the forms right before you exit. He very loudly asked where I was born. "Pennsylvania, " I replied. He asked, "Pennsylvania, United States?" I really wanted to respond, no Transylvania-do I look like Dracula? Then he asked where my parents, (my parents?) were born. "Pennsylvania." I was then sent to a secondary inspection room where they made me go thru the machine and all my baggage was inspected. I don't think he could find Pennsylvania on a map or spell it,

You'll do fine if you pretend you're in a Mad TV skit. Or Reno 911.


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2201 times:

Quoting vingt20cent (Thread starter):
Do you believe that 2:20 minutes will suffice for a non-U.S. to go through customs and such, especially at that time in the morning?

You should be more than fine - its generally a decent time of day to fly in and out. But if you're flying AA outbound expect a long walk 10-15 after crossing the security checkpoint, as the tram on the new North Terminal is not working as of now.


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