How to Pick Someone Up from LAX (International Terminal)

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LAX international airport can be a frightening ordeal if you don't know what's going on. In fact, it CAN be near impossible to navigate at times. This instructable will attempt to concisely and simply explain how to pick someone up from the International Terminal (Tom Bradley Terminal).
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Step 1: Pulling into the Airport

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I know the first instinct would be to follow signs toward arrivals, but this is not true for the international terminal! Your first goal is to follow the signs toward the departures. There are multiple reasons for this which will become apparent soon.

When entering the airport, trust the signs! The signs for international departures will lead you toward the right place. 

Finally, look at this map and figure out which road you will be coming from. You want to end up on the "Upper/Departure Level" marked with blue.

Step 2: Don't Wait

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When picking someone up from international, it is important to remember just how long (and varied a time) it can be to get through customs. When entering the country you not only have to go through customs and immigration, but even your baggage can take longer arriving at the conveyor belts.

Keeping this in mind, do not attempt to pick up your friends at the loading/unloading zone. Instead, you need to park. 

To do this, keep toward the left, but not in the far left lane. Most traffic you will encounter on the departures level is going to be on the right. Their goal is to unload bags, give hugs and leave (arrivals level is the opposite with people spending much more time hugging and talking).

The far left lanes will occasionally bring you into parking buildings, so stay one lane over. Your goal is to get to Parking-3 or Parking-4 (P3, P4).
RonB71 month ago