Five Fun Facts About Los Angeles International Airport - LAX

LAX Airport night blue pylons entrance arrivals © / Alamy / Hemis

Dogs Are Part of the Customer Service Team

The Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program at LAX uses specially-trained therapy dogs to help nervous or stressed passengers take their minds off the journey.

Dressed in bright red ‘Pet Me’ vests, dozens of dogs of several different breeds roam the airport waiting for people to pet and play with them, while their handlers can offer general information about flights and the airport.

LAX Airport pets PUP program stressed passengers dogs © LAX International Airport

There’s an Art Program

Many of the public spaces in the airport are regularly turned into art spaces to feature temporary exhibitions and installations.

There’s also a permanent video installation called ‘See Change’ in the Tom Bradley International Terminal which features two large-scale displays, a 58-screen video strip and a 25-screen media wall, and a permanent piece of art ‘Recovering Equilibrium’ which acts as a 9/11 memorial.

LAX Airport art program gallery installation © Panic Studio LA

It’s Appeared in Dozens of Films

The airport’s proximity to Hollywood Studios makes it an ideal choice for a film location. Over the years countless stars have filmed scenes there, from Dustin Hoffman in 1967 film ‘The Graduate’ through to the 2015 sci-fi film ‘Terminator Genisys’. The airport has also featured in video games and music videos, including Maroon 5’s ‘Makes Me Wonder.’

It Went Rainbow-Colored for Los Angeles Pride

The iconic airport pylons were changed to red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet to celebrate 2018’s Los Angeles Pride parade. The airport also updated the icons of their social media accounts to show their support of Pride Month in June 2018.

LAX Airport pylons gay pride colors sundown © Jay Berkowitz / LAWA

You Can Take a Selfie at its Information Kiosks

Shaped like giant smartphones, AskLAX automatic assistance kiosks in Terminal 2 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal allow passengers to speak to a knowledgeable LAX staff member in real time via video through a 36-inch touchscreen.

Travelers can also access terminal maps, find information about traffic conditions, and even use the kiosks to take selfies and email them to friends.

LAX Airport AskLAX automatic assistance for passengers giant smartphone © ETB Travel News
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