New LAX Offering Allows the Rich to Avoid the Riff-Raff
High-end private terminal opens, but access doesn't come cheap
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2017 11:20 AM CDT
This undated artist rendering provided by The Private Suite at LAX shows a private lounge at a new $22-million facility catering to celebrities and others who want to pay a premium for privacy as they...   (The Private Suite at LAX via AP)
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(Newser) – "First class is what's wrong," complained Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire. "It used to be a better meal, now it's a better life." Life just got a little better for A-listers currently forced to mingle with the riffraff at Los Angeles International Airport: The airport to the stars and prime TMZ hunting grounds this week opened what it's calling the Private Suite, essentially a very high-end terminal for celebrities and others with the financial means and desire to avoid paparazzi and the 99%, reports CBS-LA. While the Private Suite's website estimates that mere mortals are forced to endure about 2,200 steps from their cars to their plane seats, "for members ... it's 70 footsteps. And they are all peaceful footsteps."

  • What you get: Private driveway to the terminal; an eight-person team to handle your luggage and your whims; 13 suites with full-service bars, WiFi, daybeds, snacks, kids' toys, prayer mats, and Korans; one-on-one TSA screening; and a ride in a silver BMW from the terminal to the tarmac, where you'll board the same-old plane the rest of us will ride.
  • What you pay: $7,500 annual membership, plus $2,700 per domestic flight or $3,000 per international flight.
Perhaps that'll be enough to change the mind of President Trump, who compared LAX to a third-world facility earlier this year, notes RT. Of course, not everyone's impressed, with Katie Serena writing at Salon that "it’s hard not to think about the short shrift and sometimes brutal treatment carriers offer those who aren’t members of the 1%."

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