Don’t you just hate it when you’ve just disembarked from a flight and you have to deal with the common public? Waiting for your bags with every other Tom, Dick and Harry? Having to dodge the lens of the paparazzo? Me too! Well lucky for us (ok, I mean celebrities) a new terminal called Special Suite at LAX will let stars and the world’s wealthy board and disembark in privacy. Personally I’m surprised they haven’t decided to name it the Kardashian Korner!
Los Angeles international airport won approval last week to build a special terminal to allow celebrities, sports stars and the world’s wealthy to go directly from their black SUV’s to their first-class airline seat without having to interact with any of the
riff raff general travelling public.
The airport said the Los Angeles Suite, which will allow celebrities and diplomats to avoid paparazzi by allowing cars to drop off guests behind closed doors, will be operational at a temporary facility within six months.
It will cost $1,500-$1,800 per trip to use the new terminal, which will include exclusive lounges, dedicated catering and separate security and border checkpoints. When it’s time to board, guests will be driven directly to their plane. The plans promise that guests using the new terminal will have to walk about 60 steps, compared to as many as 2,200 from street to plane seat via the public terminals. Thank God for that! Can you imagine how tough it is to walk in your Louboutins pulling along your LV luggage?
LAX said the new 43,750ft terminal, which will be built and run by celebrity security firm Gavin de Becker & Associates, will bring in additional revenue of $3.7m in the first year and $34m over the 10-year lease.
The Los Angeles Suite is modelled on the Windsor Suite at London’s Heathrow, which was once reserved for the royal family and visiting heads of state and diplomatic visits but has since opened up to those with big wallets.
What do you think of this new move to keep celebrities and high rollers away from the general public? A waste of money or a necessary investment?
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