To put it mildly, I’m not a fan of LAX. No offence to the airport itself but I just haven’t had much luck with connector flights at this particular airport for one reason or another. Sadly, I found out that I’m still cursed as nothing much changed based on my last experience. It all started when I got handed an orange express connection card upon disembarking the flight from Raro in hopes that rushing through customs would allow me to make my next flight (if I couldn’t get to the gate in time then I was advised that I would have to get myself booked on a later flight to Vancouver).
The deal this time around was that my flight from Rarotonga was so delayed that I had 30 minutes to get through customs, pick up my bags, recheck my bags, change terminals, go through LA airport security, and stroll to the gate before my flight to Vancouver started boarding. I’m no fool as I know you usually need around an hour to do all of this so with orange pass in hand, I was going to put my superhero strengths to the test. I could give you a play by play on the what it took to make that flight but I won’t. What I will say is that with a lot of queue jumping (a big thank you to everyone who let me go ahead of them in the security line!), a little luck (I got my 2 checked pieces before most people got 1), and simply running around like a maniac, I made the flight. There was no stopping at duty-free and collecting my 1.14 litres of liquor as planned but sod it! I was going to get home as anticipated instead of being stuck at LAX until who knows when and that’s worth its price in gold.