All my latest international flights from the US have departed from Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). The terminal was previously dubbed the ‘seven circles of hell’ and had a (well-deserved) reputation for rude TSA agents and grumpy immigration agents.
All this has now gone and the terminal has changed tremendously! It is now easily one of the best in America.
Security Screen at Tom Bradley International Terminal
The security screening area now is huge, with lots of well-managed, natural lines. The TSA agents have suddenly become friendly and are taking more of a customer service attitude.
Immigration and Customs at the Tom Bradley International Terminal
Going into the US through TBIT at LAX used to be a punishment, but now it is a treat, with a multilingual force ready to see you as a welcome citizen or tourist.
The Multimedia Show at the Tom Bradley International Terminal
Moment Factory is the company that was tasked with the multimedia experience and they have truly created a unique experience. Watch the video and you will be amazed by the results of their work.
Food at the Tom Bradley International Terminal
Several L.A. food chains have started outlets at the TBIT. The Umami Burger is decent anywhere in the city and so is the handcrafted 800 Degrees pizza. Larder and Lucky Fish also each have an outlet. While not cheap, it is a real quality experience.
A380 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal
A large number of airlines (large for the US) have started the A380 to Los Angeles and the airport manages the crowds very well.
– Emirates to and from Dubai
– China Southern Airlines to and from Guangzhou
– British Airways to and from London
– Qantas to and from Sydney and Melbourne
– Korean Air to and from Seoul
– Air France to and from Paris
– Singapore Airlines to and from Singapore via Tokyo
– Asiana Airlines to and from Seoul
– Lufthansa to and from Frankfurt (seasonal)
Lounges at the Tom Bradley International Terminal
The Oneworld Lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal Los Angeles (operated by British Airways) is a great lounge, with excellent food and WiFi.
Qantas also just opened a new first class lounge (which is also open to Cathay Pacific First Class departing passengers).
In addition, Korean Airlines runs a SkyTeam lounge (which is also open to Priority Pass subscribers). The lounge is rather lackluster, though and on the level with a United Club.
Star Alliance has just opened a business and first class lounge as well.
Emirates did not want to be left behind and has also invested in a separate lounge at Los Angeles Airport.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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