Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) officials have long reported that their facility is one of the safest in the world. However, local law officials believe it isn’t quite safe enough in these times of terrorist attacks.
One concern is that budget cuts have forced reducing the number of airport security personnel. LAX officials don’t agree, citing statistics that crimes of all types have lowered six percent so far this year. The average number of annual travelers through the airport in recent years has been over 50 million.
Our experiences of going through LAX at least a half dozen times a year is that security is functioning well. The only complaints we have is that the security screening process can get very slow during busy check-in times. Also, we’ve found that the waiting areas, including bathrooms, have become a wall-to-wall, shoulder-to-shoulder mob scene.
If you plan to fly out of LAX, the best advice we can offer is that you book for very early or very late (red eye) flights, when the airport is not quite as busy.