5 1/2 hour layover at LAX w/group

Jun 4th, 2002, 09:01 AM
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You would truly have to be insane to take 40 students out of the airport and hope to have it go well and make a connecting flight. I work with teenagers and young adults, I know what I'm talking about here. Also know LAX and LA traffic. That's rush hour folks, stay put at the airport. As others suggested you could take the group to the restaurant in the middle of LAX (looks like a space ship) or simply amuse yourselves at the various shops, places to eat, etc. in the terminal bldgs. Your courting disaster attempting to go anyplace at rush hour with 40 kids.
You will have to check in 2 hrs ahead for the Australia flight anyway, giving you very little time for sightseeing.
I honestly can't even imagine any of the local (airport) hotels wanting 40 kids for dinner either, even if you could make arrangements for one of the hotels to come pick you up (they would need a regular size bus, most only have small vans). Give the rest of the world a break (like commuters) and stay at the airport. Also, mention (over and over) to the students that there are other people on the plane .. people that do doubt will not be thrilled seeing 40 teenagers coming onboard. It would be nice if the group acted like civilized human beings and respected other people (again, I work with young folks, many are very nice, many are not the kind you would want to be on a long flight with).
Courtesy goes a long way.
Jun 4th, 2002, 09:17 AM
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Lordy, look at all the unsolicited advice here on traveling with teens! Linda dear, those kids have paid for their seat on the airplane and this is probably not the misbehaving group, seeing as they have managed to earn themselves a trip to Australia. My kid attends a school for the deaf and about 40 kids from her school went to China over spring break -- the smartest, most well-behaved kids -- and it was the time of their lives, plus incredibly educational. They had plenty of adults, including interpreters, along with them and were well aware of the rules. Of course, they could get silly and complain a bit, but all in all, you can't make a blanket statement about a group of teenagers traveling. This is not the same as Grad Night to Disneyland.
Jun 4th, 2002, 09:27 AM
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The round restaurant thingy is called Encounters, it's a swingin' 60's themed restaurant and bar pretty fun, slightly pricey.. and I am fairly certain they wouldn't have space for 40 all together. I live in LA, and have worked with groups of kids before... Your best bet would be to just go to a Wolfgang Pucks pizza place... buy some bottled water (both in the airport) and try to relax. Have a great trip.
Jun 4th, 2002, 11:22 AM
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Message to Thyra that you should read the other posts. Someone already posted a long post with info about that restaurant at LAX.
Jun 4th, 2002, 11:33 AM
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Mark what day of the week will you be arriving? If it is a weekday, of course you will have traffic to contend with so it gets dicey leaving the airport. If it is the weekend and it being summer it will be lighter later in the evening so a quick trip out to the sunshine might be a good idea before that long flight to winter in Australia.
Jun 4th, 2002, 11:34 AM
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Think it might be more fun for you to plan some group activities games in the airport. Why didn't anyone think to do a night over in the LAX airport that is what I do for flights to Hawaii!!!

Nevertheless these long layovers are part of the travel experience I suggest reading materials and some light group games at the airport. I am not talking about football or even nurf ball but some small group games might be a social thing that will pass some of the boring time. Maybe some Australina games or trivia games based on Australia. You could provide door prizes or cash to spark there interest. Worth a shot. I would not leave the airport either
Jun 4th, 2002, 11:43 AM
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funny Linda are you an unhappy person or what?

Don't leave the airport but don't worry about the Linda's of the world. Yes you should have a talk about with the kids about respecting the people not in a large group on the plane. I have been on planes to and from Hawaii with large groups of college sports teams and returning college students and it can be annoying if kids are yelling across isles to friends yadah yadah yadah.

But Linda hardly sounds like a human being herself so let's not use here suggestions as a source. With some talking to I am sure your group will be fine. Have a great trip keep us posted it will be fun to see how this plays out.
Jun 4th, 2002, 11:47 AM
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Well this has been a fun thread on the LAX airport
Jun 4th, 2002, 03:59 PM
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Well, thank you everyone for your tips and advice. I'm not too worried about this group -- we've travelled with the same high school group for years, to NYC, LA, Alaska, Boston, Kenya, India, Europe, and now, Australia. They are accustomed to travelling and the situations that go along with it.

All in all, we have about 200 people going to Australia, split up into 5 flights, as we couldn't all get on one plane. The flight I'm in charge of just happens to have the long layover, and I was just trying to think of something to do. I've gotten several good suggestions, and I promise to have the talk about behaving on the plane and while travelling in general. (Not too sure about ivanna's suggestion though...)
Jun 4th, 2002, 04:24 PM
ivanna no
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They're going to do it anyway, honey, so you may as well make it policy.

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