The observation deck atop the iconic theme building at Los Angles International Airport will reopen Saturday after it was briefly closed due to elevator trouble, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.
A Tweet sent by airport police over the weekend said the observation deck would be closed “until further notice,” which worried some of my readers, who feared it would never reopen. The deck is enough of a security risk that an airport police officer sits in the lobby whenever the deck is open. That’s presumably a significant expense, and some thought it might just be easier to close the deck forever.
According to the L.A. Times, the theme building was closed for almost a decade after 9/11, only opening again in 2010. During that period, the building was upgraded for seismic reasons. The Times says the building is 135 feet high — just high enough to get a good view of the terminals and airfield.
The observation deck is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s worth a visit if you’ve never been and have some time to kill. I don’t know of any other airport with such a great airport-run viewing area, though presumably there are some. (George Hobica ranked some of the best observation decks recently for USA Today.)