Yes this is indeed VERY annoying. I was on China Eastern headed for Shanghai, and I live in San Francisco. On the ticket it said that we would have one stop in Los Angeles. The SFO
portion of the flight was operated by American Airlines, and then we had to transfer to MU
. There were about 40 of us in our group (San Francisco Ballet). We were all relieved that all we had was a direct flight from LAX
-Shanghai, but we were all wrong. I was taking a stroll through the airport, when all of a sudden I noticed that the flight departures stated that MU
was going to Beijing!!!! I rushed back to the ticket counter and asked them what was wrong they explained that the flight was doing a stop in Beijing before continuing to Shanghai, boy was that a bummer. So we had to get out of the aircraft and clear customs in Beijing.
Same thing happened on SU
flights from SFO
, with the stop in Seattle. But that flight has the same flight number. On the way to Russia you are allowed to walk around the airport, unlike on the way to SFO
you have to clear customs.