Like far, far too many other people, Insider paid good money to travel by air on two of the busiest travel days of any year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Our trip was from Los Angeles to Billings, Mont., via Denver, returning on the same route four days later. LAX was the horror show we've always known it to be at busy times, made even worse by moderate weather delays. Our appointed terminal clearly was operating way beyond capacity. Vast crowds milled about, unable to find empty seats or even floor space where they could sit. A quick bite to eat? Forget it. Endless lines snaked up to the fast-food counters. But we had arrived early enough to manage a quiet lunch atop the LAX Theme Building, that flying-saucer-like structure at the center of the airport, with its refurbished interior carrying "space age" design elements from the early 1960s to quirky extremes.
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