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Back in May, there was much fanfare about the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX’s Terminal 2. Special enough to mark 25 years of service between Heathrow and Los Angeles! Panoramic views! British art! Worthy of the new LAX, not the one all sane people despise! But finally, this month, we got a chance to look inside. Was it worthy of the Clubhouse (ie synonym for “insanely good”) name? Or was it a snazzier version of the basic little lounge in Vegas that both Virgin and BA, to their shame, use?
Fear not - it is a worthy addition to the Clubhouse fold.
It’s the light that hits you first - there are floor-to-ceiling windows along two sides of the Clubhouse (we didn't see the Hollywood sign, as Virgin promised in the bumph, but that may well have been because the sun had nearly set and we were staring at the planes right in front of us).
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Nearly two years ago, this editor was waiting to be picked up by a family member after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. I was standing near the curb at Terminal 1, which like most areas of LAX was a madhouse.
Some passengers (we suspected International fliers from nearby Terminal 2) had their luggage stacked up impossibly high on those SmartCarts, and were blindly pushing them through a crowded sidewalk filled with other passengers — mainly those from Southwest, who were simultaneously rolling their luggage while looking for rides from family, friends or the taxi line.
Suddenly, I noticed a small silver Prius pull-up. A young-ish man hopped out of the driver's side, went to the curb where another young-ish man was standing, and grabbed his luggage. The second young man then took a seat in the back while the driver was putting his luggage in the backseat.
But before the driver could return to the wheel, he was busted by LA Airport Police. The driver was an Uber driver; the young man was his passenger who had called up the ride via the Uber app, which was apparently illegal. Here's my tweet from that incident:
Just saw LAX cops busting an Uber driver and his passenger at Southwest pick-up terminal. #nowyouknow— juliana6 (@juliana6) December 31, 2013
It’s been five years since this editor last flew JetBlue. So when faced with needing a one-way flight from JFK to LAX, it was with great pain that I made what felt like a Sophie’s Choice, and turned my back on my beloved Virgin America (and the opportunity to pile on Elevate points to my already hefty pile), to try out JetBlue’s first class offering, JetBlue Mint.
Jaunted test-piloted JetBlue Mint on the ground when it launched in 2014 and the photos from that session are very true to what we found on board. I'm using my own photos for this review but if you need further detail on the items onboard, go here.
The day before my flight, I received many emails from JetBlue about the flight but one immediately caught my eye. The email announced they were testing a dedicated check-in for anyone flying JetBlue Mint from JFK to LAX or SFO or be a member of the airline’s Mosaic program. You can read all about that experience here. Essentially, Mint flyers have a private check-in and private security lane to go through.
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While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airportmoving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hubanother airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.
This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.
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Officially opening today, Delta One will allow celebrities to check-in for their flight at LAX as well as land at LAX without being seen, or snapped by the paparazzi. Celebs can roll up to Delta One premium check-in entrance, where a personal attendant will check them in from the comfort of a private lounge before they are escorted down a private corridor to security.
Delta One guests landing at LAX will get a Porsche service right off the tarmac which will drive them and their luggage to an undisclosed location on Century Boulevard, away from prying eyes. As one paparrazo told The Hollywood Reporter, "If they're going off the tarmac, there's no way around it."
Fortunately, you don't have to have a lengthy resume on IMDB to get this Delta One service. It's available with first class tickets, starting at an additional $350. Just note, this service may keep you out of sight from the paparazzi but it doesn't drive you to your final destination. You'll still need to coordinate that with your chauffeur.
Much of LAX is under construction, including the runways and (most noticeably) its terminals as the airport continues to modernize and update its offerings. But while the jackhammering and plywood will remain for a few more years, new things are already starting to be revealed.
Yesterday, American Airlines announced its new nonstop service to Sydney. The flights will begin on December 17 in a OneWorld partnership with Qantas, flying the flagship Boeing 777-300ER (pending regulatory approvals). Here's a bit more about what will be on board:
American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.
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Some guy walked away from TSA at LAX yesterday, and when police confronted him, he... kept going. Lots of shouting ensued, and eventually the man was tased. Normally this would be your standard airport security story: how the hell did a guy get deep inside the terminal before security brought him down, why is TSA so bad at everything, and so on.
Except because the incident happened in 2015 in a public place, and because everything and everyone is horrible, the whole thing was documented on social media. And because it happened in LAX, celebrities were involved.
File under: Wailing divas.
LeAnn Rimes offered a very unique performance to passengers on board a Los Angeles-bound flight Friday night. The country singer serenaded them with high-pitched tones of a fire alarm, which she accidentally set off in the airplane bathroom. Apparently Rimes was freshening up with some dry shampoo when the aerosol (which we presume was being transported in the acceptable limited quantities) set off the alarm. Soon that sucker was screeching louder than a barroom full of bachelorettes at Coyote Ugly. Luckily Rimes was delivered to LAX without giving any nervous passengers a heart attack or being added to a no-fly list.
This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.
Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:
Traveling to or through Southern California is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand everything is fine and dandy—‘cause California—but on the other is the airport known as LAX.
Airport officials are hard at work looking to fix things up, but just note that it’s going to get worse before it gets better as runway renovation has now begun.
The construction crews are now on-site, and they’re going to be there for quite some time. Right now it looks like three years is the timeline, as work is completed to upgrade and improve the runway safety areas. That’s a good thing, as these things act as a bit of a buffer zone in case of a landing or takeoff issue. Travelers can expect rolling closures of runways and what not, so that means be prepared for delays and delays.
Last week, we flew (on Delta) from LAX to SLC and just before landing, we snapped this picturesque shot of the snow-covered mountains and the towns, with the lake in the distance. Given that we were headed to Park City for a ski trip and that the area had just been dumped with some fresh snow, we expected this sort of winter wonderland scene when we landed.
But when we headed to the baggage terminal we were greeted with a scene we hadn't ever encountered in an airport before--dozens, maybe a hundred people, waiting to welcome their sons and daughters home from their two-year Mormon missions. Here's what that scene looked like:
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Traveling can be a little bit stressful, and that’s even with the reward of a new destination at the end of the journey. That’s why we’re happy to see that some airports are doing their part to make the process a little more fun with some furry friends.
We’ve seen stuff like this before, but since then there’s been a bit of expansion. The most recent appearance of therapy dogs in and around the airport has been in Canada, as Edmonton International Airport Is the first to be doing something like this in Canada.