My foreign fiancee will be traveling to the US on a visa to marry me (K1 type visa). It will be her first time traveling internationally in an airplane. She has a flight from Lima, Peru with a connection in Atlanta (her point of entry to the US) and then finally to Minneapolis.
I'm trying to explain to her the immigration & customs process in the airport and needing to drop her bag at a recheck station. I've done this a dozen times & several at Atlanta too coming from Lima, but I can't remember exactly how it went. Her plane will most likely be arriving at E where she will go to immigration & customs. However it seems there are multiple choices for those international passengers arriving at E depending if their destination is Atlanta or they have connections. From the website:
Q: There are Customs and Border Protection (CBP) areas on Concourse E and the new international terminal. Which one should I use?
A: All passengers who arrive at Concourse F will process through CBP on Concourse F, whether they are connecting to other flights or finishing their travel in Atlanta.
Passengers arriving at Concourse E who are connecting to other flights will be processed by CBP on Concourse E.
Atlanta-bound passengers arriving on Concourse E will pass through a sterile corridor with moving walkways to the CBP area on Concourse F for processing.
So is there a sign here when they first get off the plane that says "Connecting Flights" & "Atlanta-Bound" or something to direct them to which immigration they will go to? How does this work when collecting bags from the sterile bag claim area, is it the same for all passengers on that plane?
Also where is the recheck exactly after clearing customs? Is it a drop belt or will she have to wait in line for a delta counter?
My mom lives nearby and plans to meet her in the airport during her layover (her layover is 4.5 hours) so after she exits customs and drops her bag and before she re-enters security, where will she be? Should my mom meet her in F? Aren't E & F connected & there is just one welcoming area in F for both of them?