Today began yesterday…halfway around the world…on the west coast of the United States. We left Sacramento at 10:30 – well, not really. LAX is under construction which will make it a much better airport – when it’s done. In the meantime, the construction is causing all kinds of delays. We were delayed leaving SMF and landing in LAX. Good thing we padded our layover with 3 hours – we needed all but 15 minutes of it. A few travel tips for LAX and beyond:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to get from your domestic flight to your international gate. Delays happen. You have to get from one terminal to the Tom Bradley International terminal – if you walk, use the departures level, not the arrivals – lord, the humanity!
  2. Depending on the terminal you land it, it may be quicker to walk than to wait for the Blue Line shuttle. We walked all the way from Terminal 6 to Tom Bradley before the shuttle passed us at Tom Bradley…and it was going to have to go all the way around the airport before arriving at Tom Bradley and get jammed full of people. The walk took maybe 10 minutes.
  3. Fly AirFrance premium economy for five reasons. A: Leg room. Lots of it. B: Extra storage bin under window. C: SkyPriority Boarding. D: The seats recline in their own space so you are not contending with the weirdo in front of you who puts their seat back all the way as soon as the landing gear is up and doesn’t put it back up until the landing gear goes down…you know who you are and the rest of us hate you for this. And best of all, E: SkyPriority Border Control access. We got through border control in 5 minutes.
  4. On our #inkandpentour2016, many of you know we lost our luggage halfway through due to a major malfunction with the baggage sorter in Amsterdam. In order to head off Murphy (you know, the prick with the law), I packed a change of clothes in my carry on. Lo and behold, our luggage arrived with us. Better safe than sorry, and Murphy hates people who think one step ahead of him.

As it is now after 1:00 am, I’ll follow this up tomorrow with the rest of day 1.5.

Cheers for now!

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