Early on it seemed to be almost an inside LAX secret that you could walk from one terminal to another by tunnels and stay airside. LAX re-opened the tunnels some years ago.
We’ve navigated it before and did it today with little effort. All you have to do is watch for the arrows pointing you toward Tom Bradley International Terminal, TBIT, or even B.
Eventually we see planes.
Even better, we can gaze down on the TSA queue we’ve avoided.
Best of all, we arrive at the entrance to the Qantas First Lounge, open to us as OneWorld Emeralds.
It’s arguably the best airport lounge in North America, and we plan to dine here and then try to sleep soon after boarding our American Airlines flight to London.
Our waiter, Vincent, asked us to make the difficult decision between Mumm’s and Taittinger for our aperitif, and a quick peek at the menu reveals there’ll be more decisions ahead.
It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
Oh, and we give Taittinger (right) the edge over Mumm’s in a taste test, but they’re both lovely.
We shared a duck and watermelon salad.
We also shared Baja Bass and spicy stir fried pork mains.
The wine we chose was the Australian Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch 2015 Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria Shiraz - what we’d call a Wow wine.
We’ve read of people planning trips that can include a stop at this lounge. Sounds like a plan!