LAX Paparazzi-Free Zone Gives Camera-Shy Celebs Privacy For A Price

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sorry, paparazzi. Celebrities who are sick of being stalked by photographers at Los Angeles International Airport can now find some privacy — not to mention luxury — at a new terminal.

The $22 million facility called the Private Suite opened Monday and offers an exclusive entrance, one-on-one security screening and plush lounges.

And when it’s time to catch the flight, privileged travelers get a private car ride across the tarmac to the aircraft, head-of-state style.

The terminal is available to anyone who can afford fees up to $3,500 for a domestic flight or $4,000 for an international flight. Annual memberships are also available.

The terminal was built by a security consulting firm that says it will generate $35 million in revenue for the airport over the next nine years.

Lounges for for the not-so-famous have gained popularity at airports across the country.

San Francisco International has 17 private lounges that flyers can access for a fee. Entry requirements, services and privileges vary with each airline.

Oakland International has the Escape Lounge offering food, wi-fi and other services. Passengers can book in advance or walk up. Standard entry is about $45. There are Escape Lounges in Minneapolis and at several airports in the U.K.

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