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Delta Passengers Departing from LAX: Updated Baggage Drop Procedures Start Monday!

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The current baggage check/drop for Delta Air Lines passengers leaving Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) gets tweaked starting Monday, January 13.

(I’m so ready for Delta’s LAX Sky Way project — and LAX’s renovation that will make traffic “a thing of the past” — to be finished.)

Delta Professional tells employees that “bag drop at Los Angeles International Airport-LAX will be accepted only at a customer’s gated terminal.”

Delta operates out of Terminals 2 & 3, with some departures from the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) or “Terminal B” as some call it.

However, for flights leaving from TBIT, passengers should still check their bags at Terminal 2.

Sky Priority members and Silver Medallions — you may check your luggage at either Terminal 2 or Terminal 3.

Personally, I recommend checking bags at the Sky Priority counter in T2. (Look for the Delta One door — it’s the first passenger entrance after Terminal 1.)

The sign indicating the entrance for Delta One and Sky Priority passengers at LAX Terminal 2.

And then shuttle over to Purgatory if that’s the terminal from which your flight departs. Here’s one of the reasons I do that. Plus, there’s always this, which is pretty fun.

All this mishegoss is reminiscent of the NFL’s overtime rules.

Basically, unless your flight leaves from Terminal 3, go to Terminal 2.

How Will You Know Your Terminal?

Terminal 2 usually is where flights to Delta hubs originate. (Think MSP, SLC, JFK, DTW, ATL, etc.)

On the day of your flight, check the Fly Delta app on your phone. Proceed to that terminal.

I stress “on the day of your flight.” Many a time I’ve checked flight status the night before a flight and see a departure from T3 — only for it to be moved the next day to T2. (Or vice versa — heartbreaking.)

— Chris

 

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