Old Sep 23, 2014, 7:05 pm
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Map of the current setup:



From the first post of the thread:

Originally Posted by UA Insider
Hi everyone,

With a lot of activity around the corner at LAX, we’d like to provide you with an update on our long-term construction plans, and what that means for your travel experience in the interim.

Our goal is to offer a world-class experience at our LAX hub, and to that end we will be investing $450 million over the next several years to modernize our facilities and enhance the experience for our customers. Some changes have already occurred, including reconfiguration of multiple gates in Terminal 8 to handle additional narrow-body mainline aircraft. We will begin further improvements later this year, and by the end of 2017 we plan to open:
  • A brand-new check-in lobby and Premier check-in area
  • A dedicated Global Services Reception with direct security lane access
  • A reconfigured and expanded security checkpoint
  • A refurbished baggage claim area
  • Renovated gate-area hold rooms
  • A brand-new United Club with sweeping views and new amenities
To prepare for these changes, we will consolidate our operations into Terminals 7 and 8 over the next few weeks. Here’s what you need to know if you’re traveling to, from or through LAX:

Beginning September 24, 2014, the following changes will occur in the check-in lobby:
  • The Premier Lobby in Terminal 6 will close, and a temporary Premier lobby with Global Services check-in area will be available in Terminal 7
  • Global Services members will be invited to enter LAX curbside through Terminal 7
  • Dedicated Global Services security lanes will also remain available
Beginning October 27, 2014, the following changes will occur in our operations:
  • United will no longer use gates located in Terminal 6 (gates 60, 61, 62, and 63)
  • The United Club in Terminal 6 will close
  • The current United Club in Terminal 7 will continue to be available
  • The current United Global First Lounge in Terminal 7 will convert to a United Club
  • All departing flights and most arriving flights will be consolidated into Terminals 7 & 8
  • Please note: Some international arrivals may use the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). These include flights from Sydney and Melbourne, and some flights from Mexico on a seasonal basis.
Thanks for your patience during this transition, and we appreciate your “pardoning our dust” as we work to improve our facilities at LAX.

-UA Insider
Security Checkpoint Setup

During this early stage of the construction, there remain four entry points for United passengers to get through security:

T6 Checkpoint: Although UA will soon cease service out of T6, T6 is connected to T7/C8 by a secured hallway, and the T6 security checkpoint remains a quiet checkpoint with full PreCheck.

T7 West Checkpoint (a/k/a T6.5 West a/k/a T6.4): This is now for general economy passengers only. There is no PreCheck and no Premier lane here now.
The passageway to T7 remains open (guarded from the T7 side by very mean redcoats) and is now clogged with general economy passengers who check in in T7 and must schlep through the hallway to the West-facing checkpoint.
T7 East Checkpoint (a/k/a T6.5 East a/k/a T6.6): This is PreCheck only, with a single line feeding to two TSOs, two x-ray machines, and two WTMDs. This is a probable significant improvement over the prior T6.4 Checkpoint PreCheck setup.

C8 Lower Level Checkpoint: Premier security is now at C8. No real PreCheck at this checkpoint.

T7/T8 to TBIT via tunnel, about 40 min walk with average speed (copied mostly from a blog; http://upgrd.com/blogs/doublewidesfl...-security.html ):

If you are flying through Los Angeles and are connecting airlines, just follow the signs that are located near the far southern end of each terminal to connect via underground tunnel to the other terminals.

When in TBIT, walk past the KE/one world lounge to the end of concourse - take a right handed u turn, up the escalator and the *A lounge is there.

In terminal 4, access the tunnel via the escalator that reads gate 44A-L
Continue to follow the signs to baggage claim, walk past the waiting room is for the bus to Terminal 6 or the American Eagle remote terminal.

to access the tunnels from Delta terminal in T5, the escalator leading to the tunnels is near the entrance to the Sky club near.

The access point from Terminal 6 is near Alaska Airlines' gates, across from the Alaska Airline Board Room and near the Ruby's diner. The tunnel ends at terminal 6, so you must exit the tunnel and access terminal 7 & 8 by above ground walkways which are near the terminal exit and security screening center.
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Old Nov 2, 2014, 5:12 pm
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc
With the departure of UA from T6, there is no longer an evil UA redcoat with a sizer in T6. However, there is some generic security entrance person checking all boarding passes with a handheld scanner. I think this is a pilot of Canada-esque people tracking, and I am not happy about it.
Checking all boarding passes for what? If Pre-Check? Please clarify
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Old Nov 2, 2014, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by sinoflyer
Heavy construction will begin in the heart of T7 sooner or later, because eventually the screening area will be moved upstairs, and that's not mentioning the new UC to be built above it.
UC comes first, happily.

Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Checking all boarding passes for what? If Pre-Check? Please clarify
Scanning every single one from every single passenger with a handheld scanner. Like I've seen at various points in the security process at some Canadian airports. The handled scanner even looked the same.
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Old Nov 2, 2014, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc
UC comes first, happily.



Scanning every single one from every single passenger with a handheld scanner. Like I've seen at various points in the security process at some Canadian airports. The handled scanner even looked the same.
If flying to the US from one of the more congested airports in Canada they do that so that if you are late for boarding they know where in the process you are.

Someone should this guy (or gal) what the purpose of the pre-entrance scanning is. Maybe they are feeding it back to YUL operations....
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Old Nov 4, 2014, 6:26 pm
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The refurb is about 2 decades overdue and very welcome news!!

Not sure what this means for international arrivals (non-Australia) - will they continue to use T-6 to offload (as that is where the CBP facilities are buried) or will they now offload in T-7 and use a special passageway back to CBP?

Too bad there is no Global F lounge - less incentive to fly via LAX (as if any was needed).
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Old Nov 5, 2014, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo

Too bad there is no Global F lounge - less incentive to fly via LAX (as if any was needed).
Loss of GFL is supposed to be only temporary, though the temporary GFL is going to be a small enclosure within the old GFL. And "temporary" is pushing it a bit since it may be a 2 or more years. I am not sure I have seen, however, a clear statement that a new GFL will be built. But it seems reasonable to assume that they would not bother with such a small temporary GFL unless they intended to have a new permanent one when they are done.
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Old Nov 5, 2014, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo
Not sure what this means for international arrivals (non-Australia) - will they continue to use T-6 to offload (as that is where the CBP facilities are buried) or will they now offload in T-7 and use a special passageway back to CBP?
There's already a corridor in T7, unfortunately, it wasn't well constructed and cuts through all the gate areas on the way to T6. I've been waiting for delayed boarding with announcements like "Sorry, we can't board yet, the next gate over is an international arrival, and we can't open the doors to the jetbridge while the international passengers all walk past"
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Old Nov 12, 2014, 12:45 pm
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LAX - New United Club

Sitting in what I've been told is a new UA Club in Terminal 7 near gate 74. Nice view but small and crowded.
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Old Nov 12, 2014, 1:31 pm
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It's temporary. It's the old Global First Lounge. Please provide a full report in the linked thread.
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Old Nov 12, 2014, 2:25 pm
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United Club in Terminal 7 near gate 74 is open for business. It was very crowded but has now cleaned out. The boarding-pass scanner isn't working yet and there are no self-serve refrigerators that I can see but the furniture is new which is something.

There was also a nice view but as I sit here, scaffolding is being erected.



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Old Nov 12, 2014, 2:42 pm
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Was at LAX yesterday (Nov. 11). Old FCL/GFL was closed, with sign at elevator. UC in T7 was an absolute madhouse from ~10a until ~1p, with people standing around waiting for seats. I hope that the opening today helps with this problem.
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A few weeks ago I walked into the packed United Club at LAX, spent a few minutes and left. The terminal was more relaxing than the club. And some gates were much less crowded in which to sit. When I walked out of the Club there was a line out the door of folks waiting to check in.
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People like the idea of being in a "lounge." Often, I find that a quiet spot in the main terminal can be more pleasant.
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Bump. Any news on temporary GFL yet? Coming thru to get GFL TPAC soon...
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj
Bump. Any news on temporary GFL yet? Coming thru to get GFL TPAC soon...
Will be stopping in tomorrow morning. Will let you know. The small dedicated space should be completed by now.
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Old Dec 1, 2014, 8:54 pm
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Originally Posted by LAXOGG
Will be stopping in tomorrow morning. Will let you know. The small dedicated space should be completed by now.
Where is this supposed space going to be? I see no reason to believe that this actually does or will exist...
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