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Air travel avoiding the US

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Air travel avoiding the US

When you fly from a country and land in the US in transit to your destination, you may change planes or not--but your baggage and you have to go once again go through US security. If you are flying from Canada south to the Caribbean, you may land in Houston, Atlanta or Miami, on your way. Because of this extra time required to redo security, you will may miss your connecting flight. Or your flight will be held until you get there, and you get on a plane full of very angry people.

I now look for ways to avoid flying into the US, not because I don't believe in security, but because US security is now so difficult and takes so much time.

I would appreciate suggestions about direct flights from canada to the caribbean or central america which avoid transit through the US, aside from Cuba.

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I can't say I blame you. You will have to avoid US based carriers to avoid stops in the US. That probably gives you Air Canada, West Jet, Aero Mexico, Mexicana, Carribbean, ... Here are the airlines at YYZ: http://www.toronto-yyz.com/airlines.html

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I don't know why the US does not have transit zones like much of the rest of the world!

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> I don't know why the US does not have transit zones like much of the rest of the world!

They do in some airports for some destinations. It is a pilot project that will hopefully be extended.

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Pre 9-11 it was possible to simply "transit" where a zone was available. Post 9-11, they're keen to track anyone and everyone who travels through the country, going anywhere. It's been like this for almost a decade, I hope it actually does change at some point. Just avoid the US whenever possible, or book your flights with enough breathing room so you can still make your connection even with a delay...

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air Jamaica from toronto to their hub can get you around the US. not the greatest airline but an option.

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I don't know why the US does not have transit zones like much of the rest of the world!

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Because arrivals and departures, and international and domestic flights are not segregated at US airports.

Therefore you could "connect" and end up in the departures hall where you could exit the concourse thereby circumventing immigration.

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"you may change planes or not--but your baggage and you have to go once again go through US security."

In many airports there is now secure bag transfer between international flights. For example, in Houston, if you are flying in from Mexico enroute to Toronto, your bags transfer without you having to pick them up. This is a recent change.

The requirement to go through security on landing, connecting or not, is seen in many airports around the world. I waited an hour in line last time I went through MEL. The US doesn't force you to do that. There are many places in the world that do not have, let's say, the most attentive security pre-boarding. As such, when those passengers want to connect they need to be screened. I cannot think of a single airport that has you clear customs and then drops you into a transit area.

Even in AMS where the international flights are grouped together in several spokes of the airport, you face security screening before you get on the next international flight. Security in the US has not changed in the past 8 years. It is no different than pre-Christmas. Security in Canada is, but not in the US for outbound or connections.

Edited: 19 January 2010, 15:17
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