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Longest Walk To Customs?  
User currently offlineDFWLandingPath From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

I was just wondering, what is the longest walk from a gate to customs at any airport in the world? I know that at YUL connecting internationaly on Air Canada the walk was pretty long.

Cheers,
DFWLandingPath

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User currently offlineRthrbeflying86 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3049 times:

Heathrow has got to be somewhere on this list...T3, maybe? I've used that last gate for AA flights, and boy is it a hike.

Dan



I'd rather be flying.
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

I'd say that, depending on the gate, ATL has a rather painstaking walk to customs from any type of transatlantic flight, which usually require the last gates to accommodate the larger aircraft. Not to mention the customs baggage area is larger than most airports I've seen!

Of course, on a busy day, CDG is horrible. The walk isn't too terribly bad, but with ignorant customs agents, the line quickly fills beyond the perimeter of the area itself.

Cheers!



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User currently offlineKLM11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

At LHR it took me about thirty min. I dont know the gate, but it was on UA.

--KLM11



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User currently offlinePER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

The tunnel from TBIT to T4 at LAX makes for a rather long journey, and there's no toilets from the time you get off the plane until you finally exit customs.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

People who fly into Terminal 5 at ORD complain if the plane parks at Gates M1, M2, M20 or M21. Customs is between M10 and M12.

It seemed like the walk from the end of the trans-border concourse at YYC to Customs was a hike. Part of it is that one has to go up a level after deplaning, walk the length of the concourse, then go down two levels to get to Customs.


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Depending on where you arrive at DFW, the walk can be a bit of a hike. If you come in at some gates, say in the A25-A30 range, you have to trek all the way down to the A5 area for the customs hall. Not too bad, but it can feel like a hike after a 10-hour flight from FRA. I've never gone through customs at Terminal B, but I've heard that sucks as well. Of course, about a year from now those days will be gone -- the new International Terminal D will be up and running -- can't wait!


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User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

Flying Air Canada Jazz from Seattle to YVR, and then walking from the gate all the way through most of the airport to customs seems like an endless trek through a very clean glass-walled airport.

Sometimes, portions of Tokyo Narita Terminal 2 seem to never end...



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

SYD is pretty bad, and the US Airways transborder gates at YUL took a good 15 minutes to get to immigration...

Greg



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User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2902 times:


I would give another vote to Atlanta Hartsfield Int'l. And would add to the list Miami Int'l Airport. At least from the end of Terminal A the walk seems endless.


S.


User currently offlineMarcJet66 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 118 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

I think LHR terminal 3 has a pretty long way to go. Specially if your plane is on gate twenty something..
At Brussels airport you can have a lot of calories burned if you are at the edge of the terminal..
Also Amsterdam Schipoll, if you're flying with Easyjet, it can get difficult to get to the jet..whatever!!



Marcos
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

How about the walk from The DL gates at Gatwick North Terminal to Customs and Immigration? This is the one time when I enjoy being bussed to the terminal from a remote stand!


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User currently offlineLhr001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

The Old Termanil at Milan/Malpensa

The International Termanil at SFO



User currently offlineSpyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

American Eagle at SJU is quite a hike. First you got to take the bus and then hike the entire length of AA's pier and when I did it, all the people-movers were broken or being installed. Quite an unpleasant long walk.

User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

My vote goes to Gatwick if you come in on Delta. My god. I seems like a 2 mile walk at 7AM after an overnight flight.

I don't know if it's the longest in the world, but it beats the longest I've ever had by a good distance.


User currently offlineAv8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

ATL is pretty long. The immigration procedure is a pain in the ass too. Once you go through all that, you have to re-check your bags to the terminal before picking them up off the belt one more time. Anyone who has had ATL as their final destination coming from abroad knows what I mean. European arrivals are pretty bad too- all come at once and the immigration area is a zoo.

The new international terminal thats in the airport master plan will solve that. I wonder which politician will get the nod for the namesake of said terminal....

-Brian



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User currently offlineKempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

When you arrive at IAD early in the morning, and the immigration facilities at councourse C are not open, there is a very long walk around concourse C to get to the mobile lounges, then a long wait until the lounge is full, a ride to the main terminal, and only then you get to immigration. It is a long walk, a long wait, then a long ride. Only then you get to stand in line...

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2502 times:

Must be the "A" gates at MIA ... quite so big but nice view... BA and AF 747's together, most of Latinamerican airlines and so.


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User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2455 times:


I am not sure if it's the A gates at MIA, but wherever IB flies into MIA...that took a really long time to get to the customs area.



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User currently offlineUNITED777300 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 131 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2439 times:

Definitly LHR T3. When I came in on UA from ORD, it was about a 20-30 minute hike to Customs.


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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1726 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2431 times:

DXB would be on top of my list.

It takes forever to get from the new terminal to get to the tunnel and then the old terminal building...


User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2419 times:

T5 at ORD has a long run to immigration.

User currently offlinePaulc415 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2422 times:

I have to say Dubai. The walk is about 15 mins and there are even golf carts with drivers waiting for part of the journey. Very civilised.



User currently offlineTheFLCowboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

The walk in Tampa isn't long but it is somewhat crazy. There is only one gate in terminal F that you come off the jetway and under the floor with the gate and they snake you around the bowels of the airport down to customs.

Last time I used it I was coming back from LGW. It was nice to be one of the few that didn't have to go the "non-american" line or whatever its called.

MD



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User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

Another vote for Narita T2... walking from gate 45 (NW's old terminal) to the customs point had to take 20+ minutes, and covered a long, long ways.


N-Dub



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25 Mia777 : Definitely YUL! It took so long to finally arrive in the custom's area after my MIA-YUL flight....
26 FunFlyer : When I arrived at DUB it took about 45min. to get through custums.
27 Ramprat74 : Flying Air Canada Jazz from Seattle to YVR, and then walking from the gate all the way through most of the airport to customs seems like an endless tr
28 Graham697 : In TPA there are many more gates that have Customs access, BA just uses the same one. I believe out of the 15 gates in Airside F 6 have access to Cust
29 Captaink : MIA is quite a walk depending on what concourse your aircraft parks at.... SJU is a bit of a hike as well, especially when using the Eagle..
30 Jordan : Amsterdam is a really looong walk when you are in a hurry for a international flight. I almost missed my flight b/c it was soo long!
31 PIA777 : Both Heathrow and Gatwick have really long walks to customs. PIA777
32 Ansett767 : MIA? I just flew in on Lufthansa and landed at the 2nd furthest gate. This seriously is not a long walk compared to those I have done in LHR, and ATL.
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