Lonely Planet Writer

No more queuing with the public as celebrities now have their own terminal at LAX

Celebrities just aren’t like us, of course, but occasionally they have to endure the same minor annoyances as the rest of us, like being frisked in public at airport security and hanging around waiting for a delayed flight. They won’t have to mingle with us any longer however, as they have just been given their own private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Khloe Kardashian at LAX. Image: Starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images
Khloe Kardashian at LAX. Image: Starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

A new private terminal called The Private Suite has been set up to offer the glitterati an exclusive airport experience at LAX. It is located away from the rest of the airport and prying paparazzi lenses and is open to members only. It is run by the LA-based security firm Gavin de Becker & Associates.

Taylor Swift passing through LAX. Image: GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images
Taylor Swift passing through LAX. Image: GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

The Private Suite experience means that travellers are screened by the TSA in the private terminal and don’t have to deal with their baggage. Members have a team of eight people to tend to their needs, including several drivers to drive them across the tarmac and straight to the plane. Music star Belinda Carlisle Instagrammed a pic of herself enjoying The Private Suite before departing to Shanghai, and described it as an “amazing experience.”

Members can either hang out in their own private suites or a shared lounge when waiting for their flights. Some of the suites are geared toward families, and they come with food and a fully-stocked bar. Free pre-flight massages and manicures are included to help alleviate the stress of flying.

Goldie Hawn is seen at LAX. Image: Starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images
Goldie Hawn is seen at LAX. Image: Starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

This luxury is available for a $7500 annual membership fee. There is also a terminal fee of $2700 – €3000 for up to four people every time you fly. On that basis, you’d probably need to be a Hollywood A-Lister to afford it.