US A333 PIT From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 976 times:
In a couple of weeks I will be flying PIT-ORD-LAX-OGG all on American/American Eagle. My layover at LAX is scheduled to be at least 3.5 hours and I was wondering if any of you know any good places where I could go to veg out and watch heavies land and takeoff. Any help here would be greatly appreciated and I apologize if this has already been discussed.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 958 times:
US A333 PIT,
You will most likely be in Terminal 4 at LAX (I think they only use Terminal 3 for short haul west coast stuff). If you head to the south end of the terminal you will be close to runways 7/25 and you can watch the action from there. You won't be able to see anything on the north side (runways 6/24) though.
You could try heading up to the observation deck on top of the theme building if it's open, but then you'd have to go back through security, which is more trouble than its worth.
Also note the existence of the underground tunnel airside at Terminal 4, it goes to Terminal 5 (mostly Delta) and 6 (some Delta, some United, Continental, National) if you want to check out those terminals. In my opinion Delta's Terminal 5 is the nicest at LAX, and Ruby's in Terminal 6 has good food. Once in Terminal 6 you can also get to Terminals 7 and 8 (both United), all without having to go out past security.
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2783 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 951 times:
Hawaiian717 is right, you'll be arriving at T4 and AA's west coast service uses T3. T4 is adjacent to the international terminal so you'll see a fair share of large, international aircraft. It's also a good place to view take-offs on 25R. Depending on aircraft, many aircraft rotate somewhere near T4. Enjoy LAX, it's a great place!