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Hidden Tunnel Between LAX T4/T5  
User currently offlineflySFO From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 112 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15579 times:

I did a search but found nothing within the last 5 years.

While waiting for a delayed LAX-SFO flight today in Terminal 5, I went exploring and found a hidden elevator that led down to a concrete hallway with absolutely no signage. After a few turns around construction walls, the space opened up into a bright lit, new-looking, extremely long, empty, and cold tunnel that ran all the way under the tarmac to Terminal 6. There, the tunnel branched off, one end turning left to presumably the T6 baggage claim, the other leading to an elevator that opened up behind a restaurant in the T6 rotunda.

At both ends of this tunnel, there were absolutely no signs or security. I knew about the old LAX south tunnels but was under the impression they were long closed. Was I supposed to use this tunnel or did someone not do their job correctly.

On a related note, what's the status with Terminal 6? That place is a mess!

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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15437 times:
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When I was at LAX T5 back in 2007 I also decided to do a bit of "exploring", ended up in the aforementioned tunnel, and emerged in T6. No one said a word so I assumed that hidden tunnel was open for public airside access. Based on your experience, it seems like they've made no changes around the tunnel entrances or the tunnel itself.

[Edited 2011-11-23 21:29:01]

User currently offlineditzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 707 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15232 times:

It all sounds very intriguing. I too wonder if anyone knows more.

User currently offlineTomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 832 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15225 times:
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It has been there since the complex opened in the early 60s. Back in the day, tunnels ran east-west under the ramp and were used by connecting passengers between "satellites" 4/5/6 and 7 on the south side of LAX. I wandered through them many times as a young lad exploring LAX in the 70s!

Tomas SJC



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User currently offlineusxguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1009 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15160 times:

Isn't there a tunnel between 6 & 7 that's still used, or am I think of 5 & 6? I recall connecting from a Delta flight to United and using it.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24705 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15118 times:

Nothing hidden about them.

All the terminals on the south side T4-5-6-7 have under ground tunnels and designed to connect individual satellite rotundas from back in 1959 when the original terminal complex was designed.


Been multiple threads on topic over the years.
T4-6 Tunnel @ LAX (by RampRat74 May 5 2007 in Civil Aviation)
LAX T-5/6 Under Ground Tunnel Re-opens (by Laxintl Jul 3 2006 in Civil Aviation)
http://www.wwww.airliners.net/aviati...eneral_aviation/read.main/2753065/
LAX Tunnel (by FlyDeltaJets Feb 5 2006 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15003 times:

Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 3):
Back in the day, tunnels ran east-west under the ramp and were used by connecting passengers between "satellites" 4/5/6 and 7 on the south side of LAX.

Airlines used to even station passenger buggies at each end. I clearly remember being whisked to my Flower Power Delta 727 once when I was running late. I just hopped onto the buggy at the end of one tunnel and said "I'm late for the New Orleans flight!" and off we went.



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User currently offlineJQflightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 945 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 14926 times:

Quoting usxguy (Reply 4):

I know i found myself in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong tunnel when i was in LAX in August, going between the UA and DL terminals.. it what white, cold and hardly no-one in there..... but a lonely Man and his Golf Cart shuttling people from one end of the hall to the other........ i thought i was in the wrong are :S



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User currently offlinemalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 14771 times:

I have used this tunnel from a DL 757 to a DL 764, was a tight connection so I had to run down it fast. can't imagine making it if I had exited security to get to T6


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User currently offlinemichman From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 14047 times:

The tunnel only seems hidden because of the current construction work. I've used it a number of times. There have been a number of discussions of the tunnel on flyertalk (including the need to take the elevator down to it due to the current construction work).

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13976 times:

Quoting michman (Reply 9):
The tunnel only seems hidden because of the current construction work. I've used it a number of times. There have been a number of discussions of the tunnel on flyertalk (including the need to take the elevator down to it due to the current construction work).

Used it the other day - the line for the Shuttle was a good 70 people long, so went to the elevator, hopped down a level, walked over and by the time I got to my gate, they were calling my name to give me my upgrade.


User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1914 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13924 times:

Here are some pictures of the subject at hand:
http://www.flyingcritic.com/travel/2008/06/tunnel-between.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjL5JCOLshM


User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12968 times:

Quoting flySFO (Thread starter):
At both ends of this tunnel, there were absolutely no signs or security. I knew about the old LAX south tunnels but was under the impression they were long closed. Was I supposed to use this tunnel or did someone not do their job correctly.

First, the title should read T5/T6 and not T4/T5.
The tunnel was just recently closed due to the construction work.
There has always been a sign that said 'Terminal 6 Connections' or 'Tunnel to Terminal 6' something like that near the elevator that takes you down.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 10):
Used it the other day -

Did they open access to the tunnel? Is the construction work done? I was there earlier this month but the path going down was still blocked. Although I did not bother to walk around the obstacles and check.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12542 times:

Quoting DTWLAX (Reply 12):

Did they open access to the tunnel? Is the construction work done? I was there earlier this month but the path going down was still blocked. Although I did not bother to walk around the obstacles and check.

It is accessible from Terminal 5 only via the elevator. The stairs are blocked, so most people that don't know about the elevator would just take the shuttle. It's a little bit of a winding path from the elevator to the actual tunnel.

Over in Terminal 6, the stairs had been blocked off during my previous few layovers over October, but when I walked over on Tuesday, the stairs and the down escalator were open, which was a change.


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8465 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11655 times:
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Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 3):
Back in the day, tunnels ran east-west under the ramp and were used by connecting passengers between "satellites" 4/5/6 and 7 on the south side of LAX. I wandered through them many times as a young lad exploring LAX in the 70s!

- I used to do the same pre 911, a great way to get around LAX.



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User currently offlineAirCalSNA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10135 times:

Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 3):
It has been there since the complex opened in the early 60s. Back in the day, tunnels ran east-west under the ramp and were used by connecting passengers between "satellites" 4/5/6 and 7 on the south side of LAX. I wandered through them many times as a young lad exploring LAX in the 70s!

Tomas SJC

Ditto!


User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1540 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10090 times:

I recall these tunnels had different color mosiac tiled walls. Each tunnel a different color. I remember orange and green. Is it my senility acting up or did they once have some decor?

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9806 times:

Quoting JAAlbert (Reply 16):
Is it my senility acting up or did they once have some decor?

Sorry to tell ya, it's the senility!   

You're thinking of the escalator walkway tunnels here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/amalatesta/2215394993/

The "tunnels" we're talking about are these:




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User currently offlinegmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 9685 times:

Quoting flySFO (Thread starter):
On a related note, what's the status with Terminal 6? That place is a mess!

Terminal 6 should be all done by Summer 2012 per the following link.

http://www.lawa.org/laxdev/TravelersAlerts.aspx

Quoting JAAlbert (Reply 16):
I recall these tunnels had different color mosiac tiled walls. Each tunnel a different color. I remember orange and green. Is it my senility acting up or did they once have some decor?

I think you are thinking about the tunnels between the satellites and landside. Terminal 3 tunnel is open and Terminal 6's tunnel opened in August per the press release below.

http://www.lawa.org/newsContent.aspx?ID=1464

Now it LAWA would open up the tunnel between Terminal 4 and 5 you would be able to get from Terminal 8 to Terminal 3 once the secure connectors between T-4, TBIT and T-3 are built.


User currently offlineAADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2061 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7328 times:

Does this mean the tunnel will be extended to the TBIT? I thought it was closed between T4 and T5. Between T7 and T6 it is the connector to frontier control and between T5 and T6 it used to connect DL passengers. Perhaps the whole corridor will become a sterile international walkway.

User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2058 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5686 times:

That gigantic steel door that comes out of the ceiling sure looks imposing. I was in the tunnel a few months ago and some woman looked at it worryingly. I told her the tunnel was a nuclear blast shelter and that door was able to withstand a 50 megaton blast.

Do any tunnels exist on the north side? I've never seen any trace of them over there.


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