Emergency question

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  1. zshanlon

    zshanlon Silver Member

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    I am doing a mileage run to MEX with an immediate turnaround. I land at 3:08 and my return flight is 3:55.

    Will I have to go through immigration to board my next flight? Delta.com and the agents here stateside say I can't check in until I get there and go trough immigration.

    Will I have time to make my flight? It just never crosse my mind to allow more time for immigration.
     
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    Let us know what happens!
     
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    I think that may be just an AeroMexico thing...as it sounds like it is an escorted transfer.

    Assuming you can get through immigration pretty quickly (my recollection from MEX), you should be able to make it to the gate in time.

    You might consider some sort of online solution to check in for the return flight. If there is wifi on your outbound flight, maybe you can do it enroute? Or, if not, perhaps have someone log in on your behalf to check in. Even if you don't have a BP in your hands as a result of doing this, you'd rather be checked in than not in this situation.

    Finally, without giving DL your name or record locator, you might contact DL and ask what the legal connection time in MEX is for international to international. I can't imagine it is less than one hour. Assuming this is the case (1 hour or greater), you could probably get DL to give you a no-fee change on your flight, as the connecting time is too tight. Make sure to understand your alternate flight options before going down this path, however.

    Please let us know how it goes.

    May I ask why you selected MEX for a MR?
     
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    I love all the "taken into custody" language..... MEX would not be a country I would MR through IMHO......

    If you do have to clear immigration, I hope you are not there at peak arrival times. You won't make the connection in 47 minutes.
     
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    Couldn't the OP just say, "Oops! My passport is expired! You'll need to put me back onto the first flight home to the US!"? ;)

    If the OP is returning on the exact same plane that he's arriving on, then the same gate agents might be greeting them upon arrival and the same crew might be flying back. Upon arrival, ask the GA to check you in for the return flight, or ask the crew to ask the GA when they meet the jet to open the door.
     
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    Problem resolved. I tried to get the agents to escort me through immigration but to no avail. I had to go through immigration, customs, and security again. The ticket counter agent gave me a hard time because it was within an hour of the flight but I asked nicely and said I would run. I made it with a few minutes to spare. En route back home.
     
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    Which would probably raise questions as they shouldn't have let the pax on the outbound flight in the first place. I suspect they'd want to have a look at the passport.
     
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    So the conclusion for future MRers is that it's a bad idea to have less than an hour (and more would be better) to make a same-day turn in MEX and they probably will not let you skip immigration/customs/security as a transit passenger. If you have any delay in immigration/customs/security, it could make the day very difficult.

    I think that letting the ticket counter agent know what you were doing was a good idea even if they did give you a hard time about it.

    Glad it worked out for you, zshanlon!
     
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    I was not seriously suggesting lying to anyone about the passport status. That could turn out badly, of course. (And while you probably know that I wasn't serious, I'm saying so here so that no one else thinks that I was.)
     
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    Certainly I didn't think you'd suggest lying to the immigration officials.

    Indeed, though I can't see myself doing that run without actually spending a bit of time in Mexico City.

    Is there a wiki or other site that documents all the airports (countries?) that allow immigration-free transit from one international flight to another? Really seems to be the civilized way of operating, IMO...
     
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    It would be nice to have such a thing, but I'm not aware of one. Some are definitely YMMV or simply require a very determined approach.

    During last year's US Hop, Skip, Jump promo, there were a number of people who were doing same-day turns in MoBay, Jamaica, and in Bermuda, IIRC.
     
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    Nice. Glad it worked out!
     
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    Kids, do not try this at home............
     
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    Be sure to tell the stateside agents that you're a milepointer and that it worked out fine when you see them again! :p
     
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    Glad to hear you are on route back to state. You are very lucky that the immigration is not crowded.
     

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