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Review: Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 7
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Good evening everyone from LAX’s terminal 7, which is United’s main terminal. I will say the renovations do look good, but this terminal still needs work and I will go into detail of that very soon. Now to the terminal overview:
The entrance looked slick, clean and well designed. Compared to the way it looked before renovations, I will say United did a good job on the outside.
Above is a photo of the bag drop area for economy class. The process is very simple if you’ve already checked in online. You go to the kiosk, enter your details, and print a tag for each of your check in bags, and/or boarding passes if you didn’t already print them. Then you get in a line to drop off your bags. All they do is check the weight, check your boarding pass, and some official ID and you are all set. There are so many lines that I was waiting for no more than 2 minutes before I got helped.
Once that is done, security is to the left of the bag drop hall. Once again, it looks very clean and very sleek, and there were plenty of lines so the queues were not too long.
If you go all the way down the hall, you will reach the check in area for high tier United premier customers. The board below says it’s for United 1K members and United Polaris Business class passengers but keep in mind United’s “secret” ultra elite tier Global Services® also gets to check in here.
I am TSA pre checked so I used that line to clear security but there was virtually no difference between the line length for TSA pre-check and general security. But of course with TSA pre-checked passengers, the process is less painful so that line was, of course, the obvious choice.
Now to the restaurants and shops. Here is where my mixed feelings come for how this terminal has changed.
Now just after you clear security here is something for you to keep in mind. You are in terminal 7, but there is an open walkway to take you to terminal 6 and/or terminal 8. You don’t need to exit the terminal. For those that love burgers, terminal 6 has The Habit in it, so many will find that worthwhile to walk over to. But there are also a good variety of food places in terminal 7 that I will show you.
As soon as you clear security, you will go up a set of escalators and the new United club is to your immediate left. It is definitely one of UA’s better clubs though I won’t be visiting it this time around.
As you walk past gate 71B which is on the right side after you pass security, you will see these 3 shops. The first one appears to be a coffee shop. the second one is the famous motorcycle brand we all know about. The 3rd one is a steakhouse called B3 Steakhouse I believe.
Further down on the right side will be a Duty-Free Story and some kind of book store. and directly across from those two stores is a Hugo Boss shop.
As you go further in, you will reach a circular part of thr terminal. On the right you will find gate 73 and a Hudson News store right to the left of that.
On the left, you will find a Rolling Stone Restaurant and gate 72A to the left of that.
Now if you continue further into the terminal you are nearly at the end but there are a few more food places to eat. There is a Wolfgang Puck Express to the left and a food court to the right. That food court has a Coffee Bean & tea leaf shop, a burger place, an overpriced Mexican place, and some snack shop.
Now after the food places is the end of the terminal. This is what made me very very mad. This part of the terminal is where all the widebody aircraft leave from. The winows were great places to take photos and enjoy the views. However, now they’ve blocked off pretty much every area imaginable so that there is no room for photography. Ultimately if you are only there to get on a plane and go to your destination, then it truly is not a big deal, but if you’re like me and you love spotting, then this is a big issue. There are only a couple good places to spot at terminal 7 and I’ll go over those.
PLACES TO SPOT:
After you pass security and go up the escalators, to your immediate right is the United club. Just to the left of that is gate 71B which has a large open window section which gives great tarmac views.
Another great place to spot is the walkway between terminal 7 and 8. I got lovely shots from there and that is also the only place where you will get a decent angle of the wide-body aircraft at the terminal.
There was a very tiny space next to gate 72A where you can take this photo, but this is the best I could do.
United goals below!
All these tarmac views are taken from the walkway between terminal 7 and terminal 8 so that’s the only place I found “solid” views.
Eventually my plane was towed in and it would be soon time for boarding.
So overall, I think United has done a fantastic job redoing their terminal, but I they could have done better allowing for more windows for spotting. Just my thoughts though. Not everyone is crazy about airplanes. But otherwise, I hope this was helpful and do stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come on this trip!