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The Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles Airport LAX was corner-stoned by Mayor Tom Bradley himself in 1982. This man made history in 1973 by being the first black mayor of a major American city.

He won the mayoral election four more times, serving from 1973 to 1993. This terminal - which was named after him - was inaugurated just in time to host the thousands of athletes and officials arriving for the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.

The airport is today estimated to be the world's fifth busiest airport, serving some 55 million passengers and more than 2 million tons of freight. It is also the fourth busiest airport in the United States - and the busiest international gateway.

When returning to Europe I arrived – as advised – well in time for check-in and security check, which I made the mistake to pass immediately. This is not a transit terminal per se, so all restaurants and shops are outside the safe area. Which I didn't know...

Surviving on hot dogs and caffélatte I spent more than three hours with nothing else to do, but to observe the airport activities through the windows. These are a couple of American Airlines aircraft at terminal T4 seen between a towed Boeing 747 from Singapore Airlines and an All Nippon Airways docked at a TBIT gate.

I much more appreciate the privileged view of the controllers!

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