Saturday will go down as one of the greatest days I have ever spent with my two-year-old son, Augustine. We spent the day at Los Angeles International Airport of course…
Although hardly unique for male toddlers, my son is very much into airplanes…especially takeoffs and landings. He enjoys watching Lufthansa safety videos as much as I do and his toy airplanes are currently his most prized possessions (other than his blanket…a gift from SWISS a couple years ago during his first trip to Zurich).
The original plan was to go on a father-son day trip to SFO, but the last-minute fares were simply too expensive to justify. I’m not going to drop $280 each to go eat lunch at the Yankee Pier or SFO Centurion Lounge. Taking him to the City would have been too big an endeavor. I hit up my friend who has a JetSmarter membership to check on flying private, but there were no empty leg flights available.
So I figured we’d just head down to the airport and do some plane spotting. We parked near the In-N-Out on Sepulveda Boulevard and within minutes Augustine was delighted to see a United 787 landing.
But although a day at In-N-Out is not bad, I wanted to take him into the airport so we could get a little closer look at the airplanes. Thankfully, I have a friend who works at the airport and was able to arrange a way through security and even into a couple of lounges. I even told Augustine to take his “suitcase” along.
We began with brunch in the Star Alliance Lounge. Augustine was happy with some fruit and toast (and a sip of daddy’s coffee) but was most fascinated by the planes parked below and flying overhead.
Next, just for kicks, we checked out the Korean Air Lounge. Augustine and I agreed…it is still terrible, although Augustine did have a second banana.
We spent the next hour walking from gate to gate checking out the airplanes. I tried to teach him the names of the jets, though I’m not sure he remembered any of it. But he did repeat “seven four seven” when we came to a beautiful KLM Queen waiting to depart to Amsterdam.
He seemed most excited by a Delta A350 departing for Shanghai. I don’t understand why it was departing from Tom Bradley Terminal instead of Terminal 2 or 3, but it is a beautiful aircraft.
It was time for lunch and our next destination was Terminal 1 to try Rock & Brews, the latest addition to the Priority Pass portfolio at LAX. I’ll review this restaurant separately, but the lunch was very, very tasty. We had $28/each in credit and ordered a chicken quesadilla, a Santa Maria Tri-Tip sandwich, and Santa Maria Tri-Tip tacos. The service was slow, but the food was excellent.
After a cappuccino at Urth Café (Augustine loves to sip the foam from my cup), we headed back to the car, catching an Asiana 777, SAS A330, and Air Tahiti Nui A340.
Augustine quickly fell asleep, napping on the way home.
Now Augustine wakes up every morning and asks me if we are going to the airport. I tell him, no son…not today. But we’ll go back soon. And we will indeed.