Photo: shutterstock.com, By gbphoto21

Photo: shutterstock.com, By gbphoto21

Los Angeles International Airport or LAX as it is called, is the largest and busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the state of California, as well as one of the largest international airports in the United States. Over the past few years, I have made numerous visits to the U.S. arriving always at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. It has not always been fun arriving at such a busy airport particularly during holiday season, when it may take up to 3-4 hours to get past immigration, and the dull interiors of the airport don't make things any better, however, there are a few things that I find very useful when I get there.

1. WIFI

The last time I arrived at LAX, the flight was delayed by almost three hours owing to a snowstorm at Frankfurt airport where I was changing planes. The lines at immigration were so long that it took me three hours to get out of the airport. However, thanks to the excellent free wi-fi service offered by LAX, I was able to connect with the outside world and let my friends know of the delay.

2. Baggage help

At LAX, you will find men dressed in red who can help you with your luggage. They are usually hovering around the conveyor belts. I always remember to carry 4 or 5 dollars extra in my handbag so I can tip them for getting the bags off the belt and carting them for me to the cab.

3. Oversized or heavy bags

The oversized or heavy bags arrive on a different belt. Once I was carrying a musical instrument in a wooden box and by the time I arrived at the belt, somebody had already got if off the belt and set it on the floor.

4. Phone SIM

After you make your way through the customs and walk up the ramp where people are waiting to greet the passengers, on the left hand side, you will find a currency exchange kiosk where they also sell phone sims. I got a prepaid T-mobile connection from there for $109 for 30 days with unlimited talk time and free messaging in the U.S. and also unlimited 4G high-speed internet.

5. UBER

For me there is no better way to get to my destination from LAX than Uber. It is fast, convenient and very cheap especially if you are taking Uber pool. After you come out on the ramp in the arrivals area, turn left and take the elevator one floor up to the ground level and head a few feet left to pick-up point C where it is written ride service. Here you can order your Uber cab. If you don't have a phone SIM yet, you can use the wi-fi at the airport to book a ride in which case always remember to message the driver where you are standing! When the ride is booked, hit 'contact' where you get an option to either call or message the driver. I paid $28 from LAX to Pacific Palisades for an Uber X.

Waiting for an Uber, LAX, Los Angeles. Image©thingstodot.com

Waiting for an Uber, LAX, Los Angeles. Image©thingstodot.com

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