NO TIME TO BE LAX

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME THE BREAKERS, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND -

Roughly this time two weeks ago I was run­ning, in my socks, through Ter­mi­nal 3 at LAX. I’d had a two-hour win­dow be­tween the flight from Aus­tralia which landed in Ter­mi­nal 1, and a con­nect­ing flight to Bos­ton. I knew it was tight, but hoped it was doable.

It was a les­son in air­port know-how and lo­gis­tics and one – which would’ve given me less sprint­ing and more re­laxed walk­ing – I noted for the re­turn leg when the win­dow be­tween flights was go­ing to be equally small.

Firstly, if you ar­rive in Los An­ge­les early in the morn­ing when other large planes are land­ing, the im­mi­gra­tion queue is heinous. It’s hard to get an edge if you’re in the back econ­omy seats, but walk as fast as you can from the plane for a slight ad­van­tage.

Next, as with all air­port vis­its, be dressed in a way that min­imises pfaffing around at se­cu­rity. That means min­i­mal jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories; keys, wal­lets and phones stowed in bags rather than hav­ing to be taken out of pock­ets, and liq­uids and lap­tops stored in your carry-on in eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble places.

Shoes are all im­por­tant here, and where I made a rookie er­ror. In Aus­tralia, I walk through se­cu­rity in my train­ers without set­ting off alarms. In the US, ev­ery­one has to re­move shoes be­fore go­ing through the me­tal de­tec­tor. The tip is wear slip-on shoes. I was wear­ing lace-up sneak­ers and didn’t have time to put them back on.

The mis­take I made was not ask­ing for a tran­sit pass when I was on the first flight. It wouldn’t have let me jump the queue at ev­ery point, but it would have given me a few ex­tra min­utes and re­duced the stress of won­der­ing if I’d make it to my flight. Thank­fully I did.

JANA FRAWLEY, NA­TIONAL ES­CAPE EDI­TOR

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