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LAX's Encounter Restaurant and Bar
The popular, space-aged themed Encounter Restaurant at the top of Los Angeles Int'l Airport's landmark Theme Building, which has been undergoing renovation of its exterior arches since early 2007, has re-openned. More on this story...
TSA 3-1-1 Tips
Provided by the Transportation Security Administration
We’d like to provide "3-1-1 information" to help you get through the security checkpoints smoothly and quickly.
TSA’s 3-1-1 program means:
Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers three ounces or less,
Items must be put in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag, and
Only one zip-top bag per passenger.
Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a package they may have to unwrap your gift. Please wrap gifts after arriving at your destination.
Apply 3-1-1 to gifts. 3-1-1 isn’t just about shampoo and toothpaste. Food items such as jams, salsas, sauces, syrups and dips will not be allowed through the checkpoint unless they are in containers three ounces or less and in the passenger’s one quart zip-top bag. This applies to gift items including lotions, creams, scented oil, liquid soaps, perfumes, and even snow globes, that are in excess of three ounces -- even if they are in sealed gift packs. We suggest you ship these items prior to your trip or put them in your checked baggage.
Any of these items WILL be allowed on the plane IF you purchase them after the security checkpoint. TSA allows liquid items purchased after the checkpoint onto planes because these items have been previously screened.
Know what items are prohibited on planes. A gift you plan to bring in your carry-on bag might be on TSA’s Prohibited Item list. These items delay the screening process for you and other passengers. If you’re not sure which items are allowed, click here to see the list of prohibited items.
Arrive on time. Check with your carrier for suggested arrival times. You must have a boarding pass and valid government photo ID to enter the security checkpoint. Give yourself adequate time to check your baggage and move through security.
Dress the part. Metal in your clothing may set off the walk-through metal detector. Pack coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on bag. Shoes must be removed and screened by TSA, so wear shoes you can easily take on and off to speed the process. Winter coats, blazers, suit jackets and bulky sweaters also must be removed and put in the bin for screening. Learn more about the screening experience, dressing the part, and what to expect.
Be considerate and save jokes for after
the checkpoint (or don't make them at all!). Our
security officers are working to keep bombs off of airplanes.
Please follow their directions. Belligerent behavior,
inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated,
and will result in delays and possibly missed flights.
Me Out To The Ball Game...
And Bring Lots Of Money
a trip to Dodgers Stadium
LAX 101 (or "LAX for Beginners")
receive a lot of questions here at iFlyLAX.com
relating to air travel and LAX airport in general. Many
of those questions are answered within this website,
or the answers can be found on LAX's official website.
But for those of you who would ask first and look later,
here are a few basics...
For maps and directions using popular online map websites
use: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
The main telephone number for the Los Angeles International
Airport is: 310-646-5252 (Voice) or 310-665-0370
(TDD). Do not call the airport (or iFlyLAX.com) regarding
tickets, luggage restrictions, travel visa requirements,
flight arrival or departure times, or any other
issue which should be taken up with the particular airline
with which you intend to travel. In those cases, contact
your airline directly. Most airline websites are
linked to from the main
terminal map page on this website.
For questions regarding airport security, screening,
or what you can or can not bring aboard an aircraft
visit the U.S. government's Transportation
Security Administration website.
Moving from one terminal building to another will require
that you pass through security screening again.
(They are no longer connected by inter-terminal tunnels.)
And you will not be allowed past the screening area
unless you are a ticketed passenger. The terminal buildings
are layed out in sort of a "U" shape (again,
see the map),
with each building being about 150 yards apart
(about five minutes walk).
There is a free terminal-to-terminal shuttle
bus which circles the Central Terminal Area frequently,
day and night. (It is rarely more than a five minute
wait for the LAX "Airline Connections" shuttle
bus.) This bus takes just minutes to get from one terminal
to the next (in numerical / counter-clockwise direction).
If you are meeting an arriving passenger, the
most common meeting point is at the bottom of the escalators
leading to the baggage claim areas on the lower level
(or at the Customs and Immigrations exit points for
LAX is not a "smoker friendly" airport
(and we here at iFlyLAX.com highly recommend that you
smoking -- cold turkey -- immediately!),
and there are no designated smoking areas. However,
tobacco using airport employees and travelers do manage
to get in a few drags outside the terminal buildings
in some of the more open areas; and there is a "Smoking
Pen" in the United terminal.
Of all the major airports in the U.S., LAX is really
one of the most convenient for traveling, meeting and
greeting, and short or long term parking. If you are
dropping off or picking up a passenger, use one of the
many parking structures within the Central Terminal
Area which are directly across the sreet from the
individual terminal buildings and offer hourly as well
as daily rates. (Parking meters are rapidly disappearing
There are many long-term parking lots surrounding the
airport, including private companies' lots and
Lot C (close and relatively cheap) and
Lot B (farther and cheaper). All offer free
and frequent shuttle service to each terminal building.
Some of the private parking lot companies offer covered
parking and special services. (But, personally, I'd
LAX can be entered from Sepulveda Blvd. both northbound
and southbound, and via the 105 West freeway (exiting
onto Sepulveda Blvd.); or driving west on Century Blvd.
from the 405 freeway.
Lastly, my favorite rendevous spot at LAX is
Restaurant, which is located right smack
in the center of the Central Terminal Area, has valet
parking (if desired), a casual lounge area, a great
view, and does not require reservations.
I hope you've studied the above information
thoroughly, as there may be a pop quiz later. Have a
Riding the Rails in Los Angeles
by James Reilly (iFlyLAX.com)
said L.A. has no public transportation?
Although the Los Angeles area hosts an
intricate network of freeway and surface street bus
routes, riding buses in any American city seems to rank
below hitch-hiking (don't even think about it!) as the
preferred way to get around town.
But did you know that you can get from
LAX to downtown Los Angeles quietly and comfortably
in less than an hour for $1.60 !? Yes, the L.A.
Metro rail network is ever-expanding. Take the short
shuttle bus ride from the airport's Central Terminal
Area to the Green Line Aviation Blvd. station,
and board the little light rail cars toward Norwalk.
Enroute, at the Imperial-Wilmington Ave. "Rosa
Parks" station, you will need to switch trains
(easily done) to the Los Angeles (northbound) Blue
Line to complete the journey. (Should I mention
that you could also go southbound to Long Beach and
the Aquarium of the Pacific.) Read