LAX’s Central Terminal Area (CTA) will restrict access 24 hours a day 7 days a week to only:
- Ticketed airline passengers and persons meeting, accompanying or assisting them (airline check-in counters and federal passenger security screening will be open depending upon flight schedules for each terminal); and
- Airport and City personnel whose employment requires their presence.”
In March, LAX implemented a nighttime closure policy (between midnight and 5 a.m.). The full-time closure to the general public is an expansion of that policy. Violators will be asked to leave. Those who refuse to comply are subject to arrest and misdemeanor prosecution.
LAX operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, which means that at any given time there will be employees and guests within the CTA, terminals and parking structures. Authorized airport and city personnel and ticketed passengers and their guests will be allowed access.
This closure to the public is similar to policies at other airports, including Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Signage is being posted on and around airport property informing the public of the closure and the FlyLAX.com and LAWA.org websites have been updated with this information.