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Before our trip back to Manila, we passed by Los Angeles to visit with family and meet up with friends. We haven’t seen them for some time including cousins who live outside of LA but drove hours just to meet up. Needless to say, we had a great time meeting up with relatives and friends whom we only communicated with via internet. nd we also managed to squeeze in some touristy stuff like going to see the space shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center.
On the day of our flight back home our cousin drove us to Tom Bradley International Airport. We normally booked an airport van or limousine but he was free that noontime so we had a free (and more comfortable) ride to the airport. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get photos of the check-in area as it was already crowded when we arrived and we had to split up as I was flying Economy while the wife was flying on Business Class. Here are a few photos I took at the airport:
Duty Free shops at LAX
Giant video screens show the time and landmarks in other cities around the world
As in many international terminals, there are many high end shops at LAX
More shops, directions to boarding gates and other information are strategically located in the terminal.
Passengers walking around or seated at the terminal
Another look at the information board on flights as well as the advertising screen at the terminal.
This is a follow-up to the last post on the San Diego Commuter Air Terminal. I incorrectly stated that the info about the commuter terminal is current but it turned out that its already closed and flights have been transferred to the main terminal. Thanks to a comment from one of my readers who pointed that out! Anyhow, from San Diego, our SkyWest plane landed at LAX and taxied to Terminal 8. I took the following photos at LAX upon arrival from San Diego.
Instead of a bridge or stairs, the airport was equipped with these combinations of covered stairs and walkways to the terminal building.
These seem to be especially fabricated for small aircraft and allowed for passengers to walk between aircraft and terminal for all weather conditions.
A look inside this ‘tube’ of sorts connecting the aircraft and the terminal
Inside Terminal 8 are passengers waiting for their boarding calls.
Another look around Terminal 8’s pre-departure lounge
Information about departures and arrivals are shown on the screens at the lounge
Long line for the shuttle to Terminal 4
Our shuttle care of American Eagle airlines
I was able to get a photo of an American Eagle airlines plane docked at one of the contraptions for enplaning/ deplaning passengers.
Buses wait their turns to drop-off and/or pick-up passengers at Terminal 4.
While waiting for our turn to alight from our bus, I took this photo of an American Airliner being serviced for luggage/freight.
Moving walkway from the arrival gate of the terminal to the baggage claim area
Passengers crowd around carousel 3 while waiting for their luggage to come out.
Busy driveway at LAX Terminal 4
Crosswalk between the airport terminal and the multi-level parking building
Long line of vehicles whose drivers are fetching arrivals
Parking shuttle and other airport shuttle buses passing through Terminal 4. There are vast parking lots located some distance away from the airport terminals that are used by travellers parking for long periods (i.e., park and fly for vacations or business trips).
Inside the airport parking building across from Terminal 4
Exit from the airport parking facility with the air traffic control tower in the background