Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2505 times:
I was waiting on VS004 to LHR at JFK when the JAL 744 flight came in from NRT. They blocked off the entire gate area with large area dividers for the passengers to deplane. However, they were not allowed to leave the gate area. No other people were allowed into the area, so I'm assuming the flight to GRU wasn't taking on any new passengers and this area was a "clean" area for passengers continuing on to GRU.
CaptainStabbin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Was this recently? Like within the last week when they changed the visa requirements?
I heard that JAL switched from LAX to JFK as their North American stopover because the potential GRU-JFK yields would be much better than those to LAX. So, I assumed that they did have traffic rights for this route. I'm not so sure now.
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
I had always heard that anyone going through a US airport, even if they are connecting to another international flight or were on a continuing flight to another country had to deplane and go through customs. They did not need a visa until now, but I had heard this. There is one trip report (I can't seem to find it by searching.) in which one member flew Cathay Pacific from YYZ to HKG. The flight stopped in ANC and all passengers had to deplane and go thorugh customs, I believe he said. Was I wrong in what I had thought? How do Varig's flights between GRU and NGO/NRT via LAX work with this?