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Monday, May 8, 2017

 

LAX is getting a paparazzi-proof terminal that costs $2,000 for the rich and famous to use

By Mary Hanbury

Business Insider

 

If you're traveling to Los Angeles and looking forward to a bit of celebrity spotting, you might need to pay $2,000 to do so.

 

"The Private Suite" is a separate VIP terminal at LAX for first and business class travelers. After it opens on May 15, it will enable its premium guests to have a discreet and seamless traveling experience.

 

However, it comes at a price: for a fee that starts at $2,000 a visit, guests can have access to a private check-in, security screening, and customs process. They'll be driven to or collected from their airplane in a private BMW and have all their baggage taken care of while they relax in one of the luxury suites.

 

There are two options: either take out a $7,500-a-year membership and get reduced rates on the use of the terminal (plus added perks, such as free massages before a flight), or pay a higher one-off fee each time. This fee ranges from $2,000 to $4,000, depending on whether guests choose to lounge in private or in a larger shared room.

 

 

Slide 1 of 12: If you're traveling to Los Angeles and looking forward to a bit of celebrity spotting, you might need to pay $2,000 to do so. "The Private Suite" is a separate VIP terminal at LAX for first and business class travelers. After it opens on May 15, it will enable its premium guests to have a discreet and seamless traveling experience. However, it comes at a price: for a fee that starts at $2,000 a visit, guests can have access to a private check-in, security screening, and customs process. They'll be driven to or collected from their airplane in a private BMW and have all their baggage taken care of while they relax in one of the luxury suites. There are two options: either take out a $7,500-a-year membership and get reduced rates on the use of the terminal (plus added perks, such as free massages before a flight), or pay a higher one-off fee each time. This fee ranges from $2,000 to $4,000, depending on whether guests choose to lounge in private or in a larger shared room. Take a look at what to expect:

 

Slide 2 of 12: "The Private Suite" is located right next to the main runways at LAX.

 

Slide 3 of 12: Guests can get away from the traffic and congestion of the main airport and head to this private compound.

 

Slide 4 of 12: The terminal is owned and operated by security firm Gavin de Becker & Associates, and it's based on other VIP services offered at airports overseas, including London Heathrow.

 

Slide 5 of 12:  By paying the $7,500 annual membership fee, members get lower rates to use the service, can book six months in advance, and book free, pre-flight massages.  

 

Slide 6 of 12: All guests have access to private TSA screening, customs, and immigration processing.

 

Slide 7 of 12: This means they don't have to deal with any of the lines.

 

Slide 8 of 12: Guests can make use of the luxury suites. This shared suite can fit between eight and 10 people.

 

Slide 9 of 12: They also have the option to pay more for a private suite. There are 13 private rooms.

 

Slide 10 of 12: Each have their own bathrooms, fully stocked fridges, and wall-mounted dispensers full of snacks.

 

Slide 11 of 12: An eight-person team is assigned to each guest in the private suite. They provide guests with any important essentials that they might have forgotten. This includes headphones, iPhone chargers, dress shirts and blouses, ties, socks, belts, and shoes, a spokesperson for the terminal said.

 

Slide 12 of 12:  They are escorted to and from the plane in a private BMW.

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