Trip Report E. W. Dijkstra 16th April/ 7th May, 1975, U.S.A. and Canada

  • Edsger W. Dijkstra
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With a Boeing 707, which can remain in the air for 11 hours and 45 minutes, our flying time from Amsterdam to Los Angeles was 11 hours and 30 minutes. One of the advantages of that flight is that upon arrival at Los Angeles no more time is wasted upon circling above the airport! At Immigration I found myself speeding up the proceedings by acting as a German-English interpreter between elderly Lufthansa passengers and the young (and beautiful) female U.S. Immigration officer, all in my own interest, because I wanted to catch my connection to San Francisco. (It worked.) For the benefit of my readers who enter the USA at Los Angeles as transit passenger the following advice:
  1. (1)

    get your luggage booked through to at least your next destination in the USA: already in the Custom’s Area, your luggage will be placed on an “Express Belt”. It works!

  2. (2)

    try to get TWA as your next carrier: from the International Arrivals to the TWA-building is really within walking distance (and on US Airports, walking distances are very rare indeed!).



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