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Try To Beat LAX Traffic With This New Game

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Since most of us probably won't be getting the VIP treatment at LAX anytime soon, we can at least test how skilled we are at picking up friends at LAX with a new online game. Because we all know how fun it can be to battle through traffic at the airport.

The new game—known as 'Beat LAX Traffic'—is actually a survey in an entertaining disguise spearheaded by Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the neighborhoods around LAX. It is designed to collect information on how and why people head to the airport. Like a Choose Your Own Adventure for LAX, the colorful game challenges you to select the best options for picking someone up at the busy airport (park, circle, wait at In-N-Out) based on a given set of circumstances (how many people, how much luggage, etc.), and asks you to explain your choices.

Occasionally the game will throw you curveballs, as often happens with real-life airport pickups and you may have to decide on a new plan of action.

As you make your decisions for picking up your passenger, you'll be asked about the types of activities and services that you most enjoy while at the airport, both while picking people up and flying out yourself. It may take a couple attempts and a revised strategy, but eventually you'll get there.

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Once your task is completed, you'll also be quizzed on things like, what amenities you appreciate at airports, how long your typical airport pickups take, and how often and why you visit LAX.

The game aims to get information from visitors to help inform the massive overhaul of the airport, according to Curbed LA. In addition to paparazzi-proof terminals, the plans include a people mover, a light rail line, consolidated parking and car rentals, and other major improvements. But we won't see most of the changes for another several years.

The game may not be quite as crazy as L.A.'s live-action Grand Theft Auto, but it's a good way to test your LAX knowledge and may help you save some time on that next airport run. And, really, just about any option is better than taking the Flyaway shuttle from Hollywood.