My Airport History: Los Angeles (LAX)

LAX letters on Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, California, United States
First visit: 1 February 2012

Dayton doesn’t serve any airport west of the Rockies. So although LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world, and a hub for many airlines, I haven’t flown through it very often.

My very first LAX trip was on the way out to a 2012 Hawaiian vacation, as the second of two layovers—and it was a seven hour layover, too. Fortunately, I had a friend that lived in the area, and at the time I’d never visited Los Angeles before, so he picked me up and gave me several-hour tour of the city before I returned to LAX for my transpacific flight.

My return flight from Hawaii also went through LAX, and since that was the same route taken on the flight in Snakes on a Plane, I made sure to decorate my boarding pass appropriately.

Boarding pass for a HNL to LAX flight, next to the Snakes on a Plane movie poster, several gummy snakes, and a lei.

I had another flight through LAX later that year, but then didn’t fly through again until 2018, on an AKL–LAX flight home from the last stop of a vacation trip through Australia and New Zealand.