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Metro Offering Expanded Services and Shuttles to LAX for Thanksgiving Crush

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LAX to offer free bus and train rides for passengers flying into LAX and expanded FlyAway service during Thanksgiving week

With the busy Thanksgiving travel week ahead, Metro and Los Angeles World Airports announced today that it would be offering numerous expanded and some free services to help people get underway on holiday trips. The airport also announced expanded FlyAway service.

A record number of people are expected to be traveling this year and the airport is already very busy. The free rides and expanded service are being offered to give those leaving LAX more options.

Direct to Santa Monica and Century City

Starting this Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 a.m., and continuing through the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 2, the LAX Holiday Shuttle will take guests directly between LAX and locations in Century City and Santa Monica.

The shuttles will operate between 3:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., and pickup and drop-off guests once per hour per location. At LAX, the holiday shuttle will pick up passengers from the dedicated bus lane on the inner curb of the lower/arrivals level at the “Pink” LAX Shuttle stops.

At the Santa Monica and Century City locations, guests will find the shuttle stops at a parking lot, with a dedicated staff member to help them find and pay for their shuttle ride. The fare for a ride is $10 each way and a schedule for the service from each location will be shared on social media and at www.flylax.com.

Expanded FlyAway Bus Service

Also during the busy Thanksgiving holidays, LAWA is increasing the frequency of FlyAway bus service during peak hours and is adding “Holiday Shuttle” service to Santa Monica and Century City. The increased service will nearly double the service to Hollywood and Long Beach while providing more buses per hour on the Van Nuys and Union Station routes during the busiest times of day, between Sunday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 3.

  • Hollywood: Two buses per hour in each direction between noon and 9 p.m. daily. Buses operate from 1627 N. Vine St. in Hollywood to LAX starting at 5:15 a.m. until 9:15 p.m., and travel from LAX to Hollywood starting at 6:15 a.m. until 10:15 p.m., and will continue to operate hourly during non-peak times. This is a doubling of service during peak hours.
  • Van Nuys: Four buses per hour from Van Nuys to LAX from 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily; four buses per hour from LAX to Van Nuys from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. The Van Nuys route operates 24/7, with hourly service in the early morning hours (12-3 a.m.). This is doubling frequency during peak hours.
  • Union Station: Three buses per hour in each direction from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The Union Station route operates 24/7, with regular service every half hour except hourly in the early morning hours (1-5 a.m.). This is an addition of one trip per hour during peak periods.
  • Long Beach: Two buses per hour in each direction between 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily. Buses operate from Shelter A at the Long Beach Travel Gallery on First Street to LAX starting at 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., and travel from LAX to Long Beach starting at 5:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., and will continue to operate hourly during non-peak times. This is a doubling of service during peak hours.

Fares range from $8 to $9.75 one way. Service from Union Station and Van Nuys is available 24 hours a day, with parking available at both locations. At LAX, the FlyAway buses pickup from the new dedicated inner lanes on the Lower/Arrivals Level. For more information on FlyAway, including a real-time bus tracker, visit www.LAXFlyAway.org

Free Rides to City Bus Center

Metro will be offering passengers flying to LAX a free ride on Metro, Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus and Torrance Transit buses beginning Sunday, Nov. 24, through Monday, Dec. 2.

The free rides are for those boarding buses at the City Bus Center of the Green Line’s Aviation Station. A boarding pass from your flight serves as your train or bus ticket — there is no need to TAP on validators on buses or at rail stations. You can plan transit trips via the Metro Trip Planner or, alternatively, at Google Maps. The Metro bus and rail system map is here.

Arriving passengers should take the free LAX C Shuttle to the City Bus Center or the LAX G Shuttle to the Green Line’s Aviation Station. The shuttles can be found on the lower arrival levels at areas marked by the “LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections” sign.

The Green Line light rail runs between Redondo Beach Station and Norwalk and connects to the Silver Line bus and the Metro A Line (Blue) train, among other bus lines.

Among the buses serving the LAX City Bus Center:
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Coronavirus Poses Problems for Thousands Crowded at US Airports

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(TMZ) — There is a mad dash to get back into the U.S. from various parts of the world, and it’s causing pandemonium at the nation’s big airports and potentially exposing thousands of people to the coronavirus.

This photo is from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where a huge crowd is lined up for a passport check. Everyone also had to wait in a separate line to have their temperature checked. The woman who took this photo says she waited 4 1/2 hours before clearing the line.

Trump has restricted entry from 26 European countries, but Americans are allowed to return home. Nevertheless, there has been a mad scramble to come back and it’s caused a logjam.

CDC infectious disease expert member of the President’s task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, acknowledged Sunday the large crowds at airports were not ideal and urged people to take a breath and pace themselves before all returning at once.

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LAX Says No More Handshakes in Wake of Deadly Coronavirus

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LAX Says No More Handshakes In Wake of Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Certain parts of LAX are now a “no handshake zone” … the latest precaution in the face of a daunting pandemic.

Check out this sign from the Delta Airlines terminal at one of the world’s busiest airports … handshaking is a big no-no until further notice. The sign, posted at the airport information desk, also advises folks to be considerate of others and wash their hands regularly.

Remember, Dr. Oz is on a crusade is on a to replace handshakes with fist bumps in the wake of the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

The reason, according to the TV doc — COVID-19 is 5 times more contagious than the seasonal flu, and handshakes transfer 10 times more bacteria than a fist bump.

Someone might want to alert Donald Trump about the dangers of handshakes … he’s on video shaking hands with foreign leaders on his recent trip to India, and today he decided to lie about it.

Be safe out there, folks … especially in the airport … and remember, just pound it.

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American Airlines Passenger Wants FBI on Guy Who Punched Her Reclined Seat

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(TMZ) — To recline or not recline? To punch or not to punch? Two super pissed off American Airlines passengers have everyone asking those questions, and ultimately … the FBI might have to get involved.

A woman named Wendi Williams, of all things, recorded this video of the guy sitting behind her on a Jan. 31 AA flight from New Orleans to Charlotte. She posted it last week, but now it’s gone viral because you see the guy repeatedly punching her seat.

As for WHY wannabe-Tyson was treating Wendi’s seat like a speed bag — she says it’s because she had the nerve to recline. We think it’s relevant that his last row seat could not recline.

At one point in the video he leaned forward and said something to Wendi that sounded like, “This is a turbulent flight.” It’s hard to make out over the jet engines, but whatever he said he was clearly jabbing, verbally this time, at Wendi.

Wendi says things got even more annoying when she reported him to a flight attendant … who she claims “rolled her eyes,” told Wendi to stop recording video, and gave Ali Jr. some rum for his troubles.

Wendi says she’s escalating matters by pressing charges with the FBI against the “man who mistook me for a punching bag.” She says American apologized, but hasn’t accepted responsibility for the flight attendant fueling up Mayweather-in-training with booze.

After much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for American Airlines to do the right thing, I’ve decided to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats from an American Airline flight attendant. She offered him a complimentary cocktail!

I was contacted via phone. They apologized but really didn’t accept any responsibility for the flight attendant’s actions. I will be calling the FBI to press charges against the “man” who mistook me for a punching bag. Anyone who doesn’t like it, I don’t care!

BTW, Wendi also claims she’s had to get x-rays, has headaches and lost time from work since going 12 rounds with her fellow passenger.

A rep for American Airlines tells TMZ, “We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired … The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue.”

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