We all know that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the worst airports in the US (see why in our previous post). LAX’s Terminal 7 belongs to United Airlines (UAL) and it has one of the poorest TSA screening process (maybe the Alaska Airlines terminal 3 is worst). LAX Terminal 7 has the longest lines and the TSA checkpoints don’t have enough room for you to unload your laptop and toiletries before the X-Ray machine.
To avoid the normal UAL security line which normally wraps around 3x, make a left after you entered LAX Terminal 7 and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. There’s a TSA security line right after you exit the elevator which no one knows about. The TSA checkpoint is connected to the short term parking garage that offer quick entry from short term parking. Since most people don’t park in short term at LAX before getting on a flight. Unlike the normal LAX Terminal 7 TSA checkpoint which puts you on one end of the gates (70s), this TSA checkpoint is located in between Terminal 7 and Terminal 8. Upon clearing TSA Security, you will be in between the two terminals where you can take a left for the gates 70 to 79 and make a right for gates 80 to 89 (see map below — the blue line is the TSA security checkpoint). Terminal 8 at LAX is not on any map as it is where UAL has its United Express flights. It could be a long walk if you went through the normal TSA checkpoint and have to get to a gate in the 80s.
I was at LAX yesterday (a Friday night). Both lines were extremely long - they had to shut down the normal line and this secret line I am sharing with you were out to the short term parking lot. How could the WORLD’s US’s 6th busiest airport, the US’s second largest city and fourth busiest airport be opearting this way? … and to add fuel to this fire, there’s still no (Fly) Clear service at LAX. I have not used my Clear membership for the past two months due to lack of Clear locations.