December 20, 2012 :: Posted by - simplyjen :: Category - Ramblings
Did you know that you can see the Hollywood sign from a window at LAX, 25 miles away?
Well, you’d have to specifically be looking out the window in the shiny new Virgin America Loft in Terminal 3 of LAX and playing with their over-sized binoculars, as I was today while waiting for a flight to NYC.
The Virgin America Loft at LAX opened a few days ago, on 12/12/12, and like the experience itself, it’s a level above everything else, a flight (of stairs) up from the gates, and a perfect escape while you’re waiting for your plane to board.
I was running later than planned for my flight (as is generally the case) but once I arrived, fully flustered, to the lounge, it was only a few moments before their signature mood lighting, modern and up-lifting décor and friendly staff melted away the tension and allowed me to leave any anxieties (work scramble before the holiday) at the door.
Not that bringing work in wasn’t an available option (they have outlets and free wi-fi in the loft), but instead I sat and watched the runway like I did when I was a kid, peered through the windows of the plane as it was being cleaned (with the handy binoculars) and, calling upon all my willpower (it’s day five of a five-day alcohol detox) resisted the urge for a Lofty Libation like a “Virgintini” and “Mile-High Margarita” and contented myself with a tall refreshing glass of cucumber water.
Grabbing a bag of Pop Chips on my way out, I boarded my plane feeling like I was starting vacation…And now I’m blogging about it at 35,000 feet en route to NYC while catching up on music videos on their in-flight entertainment system. It’s really the only time I see videos anymore.
If you’re going to find yourself flying Virgin America through LAX anytime soon, a day pass to the Loft is a luxury I recommend you indulge in – and after the cost of Wifi in the airport + coffee and a snack, it pays for itself anyway. Or, you can try buying them in compliments via Twitter. It sometimes works. Follow them and lavish praise on the unparalleled airline @VirginAmerica and maybe they first time will be on them.