With my flight to Munich departing at 5:15PM, I dropped off my rental car just before 3PM and made my way to LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. The Lufthansa First Class check-in line actually had two other passengers waiting when I arrived.
During check-in, the agent asked me if I needed to be escorted to the lounge or the plane.
Me: “What exactly does that entail?”
Agent: “Well, we’ll walk you through security and drop you off in the lounge. In the case of the plane, we’ll pick you up from the lounge when the flight is ready to board.”
As TBIT is serviced by non-US flagged carriers, TSA Precheck hasn’t been setup yet, so I decided that being walked past security could save a bit of time. It worked out well in that I was able to enter the north checkpoint after they had stopped accepting new passengers for screening. It worked out poorly, as the agent didn’t want to steer us to a checkpoint with just a metal detector, so I ended up having to opt-out and enjoy a Freedom Grope.
Star Alliance runs a shared lounge at TBIT with a separate first class section.
Since Hong Kong, I’ve become fascinated by the power outlets available near the seating areas of lounges.
While the first class is somewhat secluded (and has views of absolutely nothing), the main lounge overlooks the main airside hall.
The lounge has an outside terrace that looks northeast towards the east part of runways 24L/24R and the terminal buildings. The weather of Los Angeles in December was too much for lounge goers, even with several fireplaces and heaters setup. For the hour (near sunset), it was a bit disappointing that the terrace didn’t face west.