Photos: LAX opens children’s playground at international terminal

Los Angeles International Airport opened its new children’s playground Thursday at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Photographer Brad Graverson was there and put together a nice photo gallery. The playground — called LAX Beach — is open to all children ages 2 to 8 flying from the international terminal.

Here are a couple of Brad’s shots:

Staff photo by Brad Graverson.

Staff photo by Brad Graverson.

Staff photo by Brad Graverson.

Staff photo by Brad Graverson.


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LAX to unveil children’s indoor playground at Tom Bradley International Terminal

LAX's Tom Bradley Interational Termina, which oepned in september, is getting a children's playground.

LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, which opened in September, is getting a children’s playground. Staff Photo by Brad Graverson.

Hold your excitement. A children’s play area is coming to Los Angeles International Airport.

Yes, starting on Dec. 19, the Tom Bradley International Terminal is getting something airport officials are calling, “LAX Beach.” It’ll be 971 square feet and meant for children 2 to 11 years old. According to the release, this will be the vibe:

 The area is a beach-themed play space composed of soft, sculpted foam pieces resembling beachscapes like waves, surfboards, beach toys and dolphins — adding a playful, colorful extension of the Pacific Ocean influence on the New TBIT’s design.

Other  features include a slide, “interactive light table,” and something called “life savers” which children can crawl through.

Because of the way LAX is laid out, passengers will only be able to use the play area if they have a flight departing from the international terminal.

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Qantas plans to open new lounge at LAX in 2014

An impression of what the near Qantas premium lounge at LAX will look like.

An impression of what the near Qantas premium lounge at LAX will look like.

Qantas is building a new passenger lounge at Los Angeles International Airport, the first phase of which will open in Spring 2014, airline officials announced recently.

The space, in the new $1.9 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal, will serve as the official premium lounge for most airlines in the OneWorld alliance, including Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and British Airways.

The entire lounge will not open until later in 2014, according to Qantas. When the full space is finished, it will have a dedicated space for first class passengers.

If you look carefully below, you’ll see a snazzy indoor fire place. Not quite as cool at Air New Zealand’s outdoor fire pits in its lounge, but not bad.


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LAX Source: Jet blast from A380 blows over some cargo containers

UPDATE: LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles confirmed the incident said a luggage cart toppled over. ““We were fortunate this incident occurred only once and that we were able to do quickly develop a workaround solution to this problem in the future,” Castles said. “There was no damage to aircraft or people.”

Earlier this month, jet blast from Airbus A380 taxiing near the Tom Bradley International Airport blew over several cargo containers, an aviation source told L.A. Airspace.

The incident was relatively minor, the source said, but the Federal Aviation Administration is nonetheless changing its procedures at LAX.

The problem is at Gate 156 on the South Concourse of the new building, which opened on Sept. 18. When A380s taxi near that gate, they are capable of creating so much air that it can actually move ground equipment. In some instances of jet blast, exhaust blast can even move airplanes.

I asked FAA spokeswoman Ian Gregor about the Gate 156 problem, and he confirmed that controllers are using a workaround. He’s what he said:

The new TBIT Gate 156 experienced jet blast when an A380 on Taxiway S made a right turn on Taxiway C while taxiing out for departure on Runway 25L. As a result, we are no longer turning A380s right onto Taxiway C from Taxiway S. Now, we move them north on Taxiway S, west on Taxiway D and south on Taxiway R.

Curious about the power of jet blast? Watch this video.

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Denver Post critic: New LAX terminal is impressive, but perhaps not iconic

Can an airport terminal put a city on the map?

The good news is that Los Angeles is already on the map for a bunch of things. The entertainment industry. The weather. The food. The different cultures. Angelenos are very comfortable in who they are, and we don’t need a new building to make us feel better.

But Ray Mark Rinaldi, the fine arts critic for the Denver Post, is a little underwhelmed by our new Tom Bradley International Terminal, the $1.9 billion behemoth that is the largest public work’s project in L.A.’s history. I wouldn’t necessarily say he doesn’t like the terminal. He simply writes that the building is not likely to change L.A.’s reputation.

LOS ANGELES — If there’s any lesson in the $1.9 billion spent on the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, it’s that big architecture can’t make your city a destination. Not anymore.

You can build yourself a bit of pleasure, beauty even, in that brief moment before a jet takes off or lands, and you can make security less of a hassle on your next trip to Singapore or Sri Lanka, but even a great building won’t get people to fly to you, only through you.


It took a building as large as Bradley to make this clear because there were high hopes it would it be a landmark, and the project, the largest in Los Angeles County history, did everything possible to make that happen.

If you’re wondering why the Denver Post opined about the terminal and what it means for this region, it is because the building’s architect, Curtis Fentress, is based in Denver. Fentress also designed Denver International Airport. Rinaldi writes that Fentress is not a “superstar,” though Rinaldi does compliment the LAX’s terminal’s design.

L.A. let Fentress fly, and his firm developed a scheme with a soaring roofline that repeatedly rises, crest and falls, reflecting the swells of the Pacific Ocean nearby. Inside, it offers the kind of space air passengers long for. The grand hallway, massive with row upon row of check-in counters, is tall with enormous skylights, clerestories and walls of windows that keep it bright and airy. It’s a grand piece of Western construction, sprawling and free, and wide enough to haul around your carry-ons.

Photo credit: Steve McCrank, Los Angeles News Group.

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