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6 hours in LAX

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6 hours in LAX

Ive just booked a flight to visit friends in northern CA, and the schedule 'allows' me 6 hours in LAX, arriving from Amsterdam midday in 4 days time.

I normally transit with shorter connections through Seattle or Portland, but this was the best deal with KLM at short notice.

Assuming two hours max to clear immigration and recheck my bag, please does anyone have any ideas of what i could do for the remaining 4 hours? I do not want, or have any wish, to leave LAX but somewhere decent for lunch, or a seating area with a view of the outside world would be nice!


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1. Re: 6 hours in LAX

You can try the Encounter restaurant at LAX http://www.encounterlax.com/

But, once you leave the gate area, won't you need to go through security again anyway? You could walk to In-N-Out or take a cab to nearby Manhattan Beach (3 miles away) for alternatives.

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2. Re: 6 hours in LAX

We have a budget crisis looming which may result in longer lines at immigration and at security. We won't know until this weekend how horrible it may be so your 6 hours may be a blessing in disguise. Now you can always go standby on the connecting flight You mention NorCal but perhaps the airport you are flying to has very few flights

Edited: 28 February 2013, 19:16
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3. Re: 6 hours in LAX

According to what I've read, the main impact will be TSA's ability to pay overtime in order to staff up for busy travel periods, and to backfill staffers as they leave TSA. So I would not expect there to be much of an impact in the next few days but time will tell.

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4. Re: 6 hours in LAX

Well, a bit less than 4 hours, since you do need to get to your second terminal, and go through security, with more than 0 minuts to spare. Boarding can stop before the actual scheduled departure time. I'd allow a minimum of 30-40 mins. even if you don't need to check in (i.e., you've given your checked bags at the transfer desk after Customs, and have your boarding pass for your onward flight).

I'd second the idea of the Encounter Restaurant. Great place for place spotting. We had dinner there last week, and the quality was better than we'd experienced a year before. Even just get bar snacks and drinks if you like. Hours are:

-Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week

-Dinner: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

In-N-Out Burgers has its fans. I'm not personally among them, especially since you'd have to walk a ways or take a shuttle bus and walk to get there.

Edited: 28 February 2013, 21:01
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5. Re: 6 hours in LAX

Encounter is your best option. It's in the center of LAX.

Here's a link to your other options:


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6. Re: 6 hours in LAX

Thanks for the replies.

Until Bmi discontinued it, I used to transit thru Chicago from Manchester en route to Sacramento. The immigration queues were horrendous, as was the 4 hour internal flight with United!

Seattle, and especially Portland, were really easy with time for a beer and a wander around despite the short connection time.

If all goes smoothly I shall head for 'Encounter'. Thanks again for the recommendation.

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7. Re: 6 hours in LAX

Also consider the Daily Grill in the TBI. It is very good.

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8. Re: 6 hours in LAX


Thanks for all your replies.

I arrived just before noon yesterday KLM 747 from AMS. Wheels down to clearing immigration and rechecking my bag 45 minutes.That was quick! Three minute walk from T2, in the sun, to 'Encounter' where I spent 2 hours eating a decent meal and watching the world go by. V interesting from a non plane spotter point of view! Even better if you are a plane spotter! Way better than staying in a terminal. Ate a fried chicken salad with bacon , nuts, fruit and a litre of sparkling water to rehydrate. For airport food I thought it pretty tasty, and good value at sub $30 inc tip. Then a 5 minute walk to T5 for my early evening flight to Sacramento. If I ever transit through LAX again I shall definitely return. Encounter was pretty quiet so I assume a lot of passengers are not aware of it...well done TA.

Edited: 05 March 2013, 17:32
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