LAX Terminal for VIPs Finally Opens — and Stars May Demand It in Their Contracts

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The long-promised “celebrity’ terminal at Los Angeles International airport is set to open this month — and the cushy experience could become a requirement in Hollywood contracts, a new report says.

The Private Suite, operated by security czar Gavin de Becker, began construction at LAX  in 2015. It promised absolute luxury and privacy for the rich and famous often harangued by paparazzi and forced to wait in line for iced coffee with the dregs of commercial fliers.

De Becker held a press preview on Monday, and the level of extreme coddling — and the sheer cost — is something to behold.

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The service’s elevator pitch says it takes about 2,200 steps to get from your car to your airplane seat — whereas the private terminal promises to slash that by 1400 steps. That means those Louboutin shoes only have to take 70 steps from the tinted Chevy Suburban to that recliner in the sky. Check-in, TSA scans and shuttles to your gate are all private.

“If you’d like a glass of Marc Bredif Vouvray, they’ve got it, along with other wines and an assortment of cheese, meat and fruit trays. With the turn of a handle, you can empty the candy and nut bins, or enjoy a small batch of a raw dark chocolate bar with sprouted almonds,” writes the Los Angeles Times.

The terminal itself is populated by individual private suites, some customized for families. One suite comes with prayer mats and the Quran for Muslim guests. The LAT writer in attendance was even encouraged to press a button on his courtesy phone and complain he spilled something on his shirt.

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“In about two minutes, a concierge wheeled in a cart with Banana Republic dress shirts, an Anne Klein blouse and Steve Madden shoes, among other items,” the report said.

Headed to New York from Los Angeles and its pouring out at JFK? They’ll give you a raincoat.

Now the damage: Membership is $7,500 annually, and $2,700 each time you use the Private Suite (for up to four people). International runs escalate to $3,000 a pop — and that expense could become standard in deals for top-paid media moguls, show business executives and stars.

“Dumb and Dumber To” and “Shallow Hal” producer Charles Wessler “predicted big stars could end up demanding the service and having it written into their contracts,” the LAT report said.

1,200 people already reportedly have memberships, including ” lawyers, entertainment executives and media types.”

It’s unclear how much money that might save a studio — the private terminal enables an exec or talent to remain sequestered from pedestrian fliers until the moment they walk on the plane, which would appease the flier in question and allow companies to pay commercial prices.

Flying private is the only way to, well, fly private — but that costs roughly $5,000 an hour according to a Fortune magazine survey from 2015. Another report pitted the roughly 5 hour flight from Miami to Los Angeles at $21,000 for the smallest range of jets (and they do run small –with capacities of 5 and 6 people).

The terminal will be fully operational and accepting members this month.

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Coolio Charged With Felony Gun Possession Over LAX Incident

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Coolio isn’t exactly living in a Gangsta’s Paradise right now.

The rapper was slapped with a felony gun charge on Thursday, after a gun was allegedly found in a backpack belonging to him, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, faces one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon with two priors and a maximum of three years in state prison if he is convicted as charged.

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According to prosecutors, a handgun was allegedly found in Coolio’s bag while going through baggage inspection at Los Angeles International Airport.

The district attorney’s office said that the rapper was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in 2001, and again of possession of cocaine base in 2009.

Shortly after the alleged incident at LAX, the rapper discussed the situation in a YouTube post, saying that he’s “fine.”

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“I just want to say something about the little misunderstanding at the airport today,” Coolio said at the time. “Everything’s fine. I’m fine. As you can see, I’m at P.F. Chang’s having a meal and having a few drinks. I don’t know what the result of this is in the future, but for now, I’m fine.”

Police are still investigating the case.

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