Date: 21 Jan 97 01:32:24 From: jfmezei <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: SPC References: 1 2
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Reid Fairburn wrote: > >3 Why do US airports not have transit lounges? Because few USA airports were built/designed as international hubs. Some have lounges but they are quite limited. In the case of an LAX-LHR flight, you may have had passengers who came from the South Pacific or (unlikely) Asia and who did not clear USA customs prior to boarding the LAX-LHR flight. (I beleive that LAX does have an international transit lounge). The lack of use of a transit lounge at JFK may either be the result of the non-exitence of such, or the unavailability of gates at such facility (remember that your landing at JFK was unscheduled and such gates may have been in use for regularly scheduled flights). Also, many USA airports (not sure about JFK) have dedicated facilities for international arrivals, but use unspecialised facilities for international departures. (eg: Boston's Logan airport where incoming US airlines use terminal E, but outgoing US airlines use their regular domestic terminal). This makes the transit lounge concept moot since very few flights actually leave from such "international" terminals (read; rerminal equipped with customs facilities). Since your LAX-LHR flight may have had uncleared passengers for USA, it was impossible to use any transit lounge that was not dedicated to international travel with the only possible exit through customs. This is in sharp contrast with most US transit lounges where J.Q. Public can wonder around unticketed in the air-side and leave without any formalities.