List of USA airports where AC transit pax can use USA Immigration line

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  1. milchap
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    I have recently connected in CLT from an international flight to an AC connecting flight. I noticed a sign at US customs and immgration that Canadian passport holders were to use the USA citizens line.

    MSP has the same policy

    I wondered if there were other USA airports that had similar policy. LAX and ORD are hit and miss depending on the mood of the day.
     
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  2. tcook052
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    FWIW I always enter the U.S. citizens line when going through U.S. Customs and it's worked every time in ORD, SFO multiple times, IAH, LAX, SEA, IAD. Have you been told to exit the line in your travels?
     
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    AFAIK the USA does not make a distinction for transit passengers versus other visitors. Everyone passing through an airport in the USA who arrives from another country (exception for pre-clear places like most Canadian airports and Ireland) must officially enter the USA before proceeding to any connecting flight. There's no separate transit path to departing flights.

    Hence the rule must be that some/most/all airports in the USA, arriving passengers using Canadian passports are welcome to use the lines for USA citizens in place of the lines for foreign visitors.
     
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    I was thrown to the back of the non-US line at pre-clearance in DUB.

    Also, asked specifically at ATL one time and was told "no."

    Saw same thing at CLT last week on way back from GIG (i.e., Canadians ok in this line).

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  6. charlilo
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    Conclusion: there is no rule.
     

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