As I first posted about in late January, LAX airport has been working on building an airside connector between American’s Terminal 4 and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). This is fantastic news, given that most of American’s partner airlines operate out of TBIT. Currently you have to exit security, walk along the outside roadway, and then reclear security at TBIT. It’s a pain.
Last week I wrote about how the LAX connector between T4 and TBIT is finally open. Well, I finally had the chance to test it out before a domestic flight yesterday, and figured I’d report back on the experience.
The entrance to the Terminal 4 connector is just past the security checkpoint. If you’re using the standard security checkpoint, just turn right, while if you’re coming from the Pre-Check/premium security checkpoint, just walk straight ahead, as you’ll see the signage for “Bradley International Terminal.”
There’s an escalator leading up a level, which is the start of the connector.
I decided to time my walk from the time I went up the escalator to the time I was in the center of Tom Bradley International Terminal. The entire walk took me just five minutes, and that includes stopping to take pictures. So this new connector is extremely practical.
After you go up the escalator you’ll be in a long hallway.
As an aviation geek, it’s worth noting that the long hallway has awesome views of the gates at Terminal 4.
That walkway eventually bends right a bit.
That takes you down the main stretch of the connector.
There were two people movers going in each direction.
From there the building bends again, as you can see in the below picture.
At this point there were great views of the gates at TBIT (at least the ones closest to T4).
Then there are two more hallways, which have a bit less natural light.
As you get into the second hallway you’ll have a view of TBIT’s check-in area, along with the (probably long) security queues.
Then you just go down an escalator and a ramp.
And then you’ll find yourself right in front of the elevator leading up to the airline lounges.
Or if you prefer to go to the center part of the terminal, it’s just another minute walk.
What do I take away from having used the connector walkway for the first time?
- The connector exceeded my expectations — the walk is short (it takes only about five minutes), there are people movers, the views of the gates are great
- If flying out of TBIT and I already had my boarding pass, I’d consider clearing security at Terminal 4, given that TBIT security lines can be insane — I’d rather walk an extra five minutes than stand in a security line for much longer (at LAX you can enter any terminal with a same day boarding pass for any flight out of the airport)
- Using the superior lounges at TBIT is barely an inconvenience — factor in 15 minutes for the roundtrip walk, which is well worth it to use the Qantas First Class Lounge or oneworld Business Class Lounge
The connector between Terminal 4 and Tom Bradley International Terminal exceeded my expectations, both in terms of how efficient it is, as well as in terms of the design and views it boasts. This connector is much nicer than the ones between the other terminals, which are underground (and creepy).
With how easy it is to use the connector, I’ll absolutely head over to TBIT for the superior lounges as often as possible.
Have you had a chance to use the TBIT connector yet? If so, what did you think of it?