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  • The world's slowly opening back up, which means we wanted to know what it would be like

  • to be stuck in an airport.

  • Ok, fine, we saw Terminal starring Tom Hanks and immediately thought, hey, there's something

  • for the Info lab rat to do!

  • Day 1:

  • I live in an airport now, this is my life.

  • Well, at least for the next five days.

  • So I was hesitant about this challenge, because I thought there'd be no way that I could successfully

  • evade being spotted given how few people are flying nowadays.

  • In the US airport traffic dropped from as much as 2.5 million people a day to just under

  • 100,000 when the pandemic first hit, but turns out that with people getting vaccinated the

  • world's slowly opening up again, so airport traffic is once more up.

  • But not that much, as I quickly found out.

  • To tell the truth LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world, still feels empty.

  • Me and the girlfriend have been through here frequently flying out on vacation or to see

  • family or for work, so we're used to pressing throngs of crowds everywhere you go.

  • However, when I got past security and to the terminals area, the place was shockingly empty.

  • I mean, there were still a lot of people here, but maybe half as usual.

  • By the way, Infographics had to pony up for a plane ticket to get me past security, and

  • the show's lawyers apparently confirmed that even if I got caught, I wouldnt' face any

  • real trouble.

  • Of course, I'm pretty sure the show's lawyers are actually just someone Google searching,

  • Can I get in trouble for staying at airport?”.

  • But you know what, there's a prize at stake, and me wants it bad.

  • The show has given me a challenge...a challenge-in-a-challenge if you will, to get into one of the elite

  • VIP lounges, and if I can manage the feat then they will pay for a trip for me and the

  • girlfriend anywhere we want.

  • Well, anywhere in the continental US, anyways.

  • I'm pretty sick of coronavirus lockdown, so I want that trip.

  • So how does one sneak into a VIP lounge?

  • Well, you don't.

  • There's always staff at the entrance which usually has to electronically unlock the door

  • for you to enter after they verify your credentials, because you wouldn't want any dumb normals

  • to ruin your VIP fun time after all.

  • Going in through a service area would be an option, except the US government is pretty

  • frowny face on the whole 'sneaking into non-public areas inside airports' ever since certain

  • events in the early 2000s.

  • I don't feel like going to federal prison, so no thanks.

  • Instead of sneaking in, I'm just going to walk in.

  • And what's more, I'll be allowed inside.

  • Let me explain.

  • My goal is to simply follow someone who is already going to the VIP lounge, and on the

  • way try and get some personal deets from them, then, later, I'll pose as their assistant

  • and say that they forgot something inside and won't you please just let me take a quick

  • look around.

  • How in the world am I going to do that?

  • I've got a plan, but it's going to take a while to pull off.

  • Stay tuned kids, because today Infographics show is going to teach you how to pull of

  • a con.

  • Anyways, there's not much to report about my first day at the airport, except that it's

  • really boring.

  • I brought my laptop and tablet, like any good traveler, and there's plenty of tables with

  • plugs for your electronics so I mostly just minded my own business and watched movies.

  • I even did some research on local conditions in Oregon for our Bigfoot trip later this

  • month in May- that's right, if you missed the announcement my next challenge is to hunt

  • for Bigfoot in a hotspot area, and I'll actually be filming it so you'll get to see real footage.

  • You can expect that episode probably in mid to late June.

  • Now, my biggest concern is getting spotted too many times by staff, so the key is to

  • remain mobile throughout the week.

  • Luckily LAX is huge, so changing terminals is not a problem, just hop on a tram and boom,

  • you're a new you in a new place.

  • I'll have to remain mobile, but living in this airport is probably going to be cake.

  • Day 2:

  • Last night I slept stretched out on several seats at one of the near-empty terminals.

  • Not super comfortable, but honestly, I've slept worst places- and many of those places

  • were thanks to the show.

  • In order to not draw attention I found a gate that had a few other people, then just settled

  • down like I was another passenger who's flight got delayed.

  • First things first I went to the bathroom to change my clothes and give myself a quick

  • babywipe shower in one of the stalls.

  • I think there's actually real showers in LAX somewhere, I'll have to check it out later

  • when I start to get too grimy for babywipes.

  • Next, I hopped to Cinnabon for a very unhealthy breakfast, and let me tell you, fresh cinnamon

  • rolls are pretty much the most delicious thing on this planet.

  • But I couldn't linger, flights were already starting to come in and I had a job to do.

  • I moved to terminals for flights coming in from smaller cities on the west and midwest,

  • which took some research to find all the large enough cities that some bigshot VIP may be

  • living in, but that didn't have international airports or flights directly to major Asian

  • cities.

  • LAX is a popular hub for people traveling to Asia from anywhere west of Texas, so there

  • were several options.

  • Luckily, flights were already coming in by 9:30 in the morning.

  • First class leaves the plane first, because they're better than the rest of the peasants

  • crammed into potato storage or wherever normies fly.

  • So I had to be very punctual at my selected gates, and then wait for someone who looked

  • like they might be elite VIP club material... and then basically just get lucky as hell

  • that this person was A) actually having a layover, and B) going to use the lounge.

  • There were several prospects, and I followed them around but most went straight to other

  • gates.

  • One guy actually went to a VIP lounge and checked in, but that was no good for me.

  • See, the other thing I needed was for my mark to take the time to stop somewhere and buy

  • something, so I could have time to scope out some of their personal details.

  • Honestly, this is all basic recon skills Uncle Sam already taught me, just applied in a way

  • that Uncle Sam would probably really frown upon.

  • Like any good recon op, the key is patience, and today just wasn't my day.

  • That's ok, I had three more.

  • For bed time, I hit up a different terminal than last night's and once more, pretended

  • to be a stranded traveler.

  • I suppose if I was sleeping in a gate all alone I might draw attention, but being smart

  • about it and sticking to those gates with other sleepers let me blend in.

  • I thought I'd be really bored with not much to do at the airport, but the challenge of

  • scamming my way into a VIP lounge honestly ate up most of my day as I followed random

  • people around.

  • Day 3:

  • LAX is pretty massive, and has dozens of restaurants and food vendors.

  • That's pretty good, because I can hit up new places every breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • What's not good is how insanely expensive airport food is, but hey, Infographics is

  • picking up the tab and let me tell you- they're not going to be happy when they see my expense

  • report.

  • Alright, once more I was on the prowl for my mark bright and early after a quick change

  • of clothes and baby wipe shower.

  • Turns out LAX has no showers for the public, so that's a bummer.

  • But hey, I spent months at a time taking baby wipe showers so a week isn't going to kill

  • me.

  • Along with my personal items and clothes, I brought a few extra accessories like a bandanna

  • my dog usually wears, a big scarf the girlfriend doesn't know I stole for the week, and few

  • other random bits like that.

  • If you saw my challenge of staying 24 hours in a grocery store, then you know that the

  • key to staying unnoticed is to frequently make changes to your appearance.

  • That's something other Youtube challenge experts won't tell you by the way, they'll just hide

  • in a dumb toilet paper fort or something and pretend that was hard to do.

  • Here we teach you how to remain unnoticed and how to con your way into a vip lounge.

  • So anyways, I used the bandanna and scarf and few other items to frequently change the

  • appearance of my backpack, the one item that I couldn't really change.

  • I could wear a hat and change my shirt and pants to disguise myself and keep people from

  • recognizing me, but my backpack, even though I chose a very plain black color, could eventually

  • start to look familiar to people.

  • But by tying a bandanna to it or doing something to alter its appearance, I break the pattern.

  • This would be a big help in stalking my prey, because I didn't want to freak someone out

  • by following them across various trams and terminals.

  • Sadly, today was unsuccessful.

  • Nobody I chose to follow even went to a VIP lounge, they were all duds.

  • Another day down the tubes.

  • Day 4:

  • Today was the day.

  • Honestly, I'm glad Infographics bet me I woulnd't be able to get into one of the vip lounges,

  • because without this added challenge living in an airport is mindblowingly boring.

  • The hardest part is just staying mobile so people dont' recognize you, but honestly,

  • it's not hard.

  • Maybe if I were to spend a whole month here then it would be challenging.

  • But with plenty of bathrooms, electric outlets, comfortable chairs, and restaurants galore,

  • there's really no difficulty in living out of an airport.

  • Unless you like privacy.

  • However, gaining access to a vip lounge gave me something to focus on, and today I was

  • successful.

  • It happened at around 2pm, another regional flight came in and bam- there he was.

  • Tall white guy, dressed business casual but with very expensive shoes and a very expensive

  • watch.

  • That was the giveaway for me, so I followed him.

  • I just needed him to actually be traveling past Los Angeles and to have a layover long

  • enough to want to hit up a private lounge.

  • Total crapshoot I know, but by this time I'd easily followed a hundred prospective individuals-

  • I'm not kidding when I say it's literally the only thing I've done for most of my last

  • 72 hours.

  • My mark immediately headed for the terminal with many of the day's Asian destinations,

  • which tipped me off that this one was definitely worth following.

  • I had already taken a photo of departures for reference, so I knew that there was a

  • flight boarding within the next ten minutes and the next wouldn't be for another few hours.

  • The guy wasn't in a rush, so he wasn't going to be on the flight leaving soon.

  • My hopes rose.

  • But I needed him to not just be on a long delay, I also needed him to actually stop

  • somewhere and give me time to snoop on his private details.

  • We got off the tram and he calmly walked towards the rear of the terminal, which I had also

  • already scoped out and I knew was the location of at least one VIP traveler's club.

  • I was getting pretty excited at this point, but I really, really needed him to stop somewhere

  • first.

  • If he went straight to the club I don't think I could pull my plan off the way I hoped to.

  • Lucky for me, Mr. VIP was in the mood for, wouldn't you know it, cinnabon!

  • Man, is Cinnabon not literally the best?

  • Yes.

  • The answer is Yes.

  • So, I quickly pulled a hat out of my bag and put it on, dropping it low over my face.

  • With my facemask it made it really difficult to identify me, and I found myself grateful

  • for mask restrictions for the first time in a year.

  • Next part of my plan was the riskiest, and though I'd been trained to get close to individuals

  • and gleam personal details without arousing suspicion, it had been a loooong time since

  • I'd actually done it.

  • Now, social distancing really ramped up the challenge level here, because I needed to

  • get physically close.

  • Luckily, I had a plan.

  • While Mr. VIP was in line, I quickly went across the way from the Cinnabon to a fast

  • food place and snatched a packet of ketchup, then made my way back.

  • I moved to the counter, an appropriate six feet away from where orders were being taken,

  • and then pretended to be talking on the phone.

  • For all intents and purposes, for customers I was someone possibly waiting for a difficult

  • order while chatting on the phone, and to the staff I was just someone coming in close

  • to look at the menu while chatting away.

  • In my pocket though, I ripped the corner of the ketchup packet slightly and then palmed

  • it.

  • With one person left before Mr. VIP placed his order, I pretended to tie my shoe while

  • still chatting on my phone and used the opportunity to place the open ketchup packet on the floor

  • next to me, squeezing it slightly so a little bit of ketchup squirted out.

  • Then, I waited for Mr. VIP to place his order.

  • Timing would be crucial.

  • Mr. VIP placed his order, and then moved to pay.

  • He reached into his pocket and pulled out his wallet, then flipped it open- that's when

  • I made my move.

  • I kicked the ketchup packet over right next to his feet and swiftly moved in, grabbing

  • him by the same arm that he was holding his open wallet with.

  • In my hand that I grabbed him was my phone, only upside down and facing down his arm towards

  • his wallet.

  • I hurriedly cautioned him that he was about to step on a ketchup package and moved him

  • slightly away, then joked that his shoes looked really expensive, and we both looked down

  • at the open package I had just kicked to his feet.

  • He was shocked at first but then we both laughed as I apologized for scaring him, I just wanted

  • to avoid him ruining a great looking pair of shoes.

  • He thanked me and went back to paying a I departed, him having absolutely no idea that

  • I had just taken a photo of his open wallet.

  • By zooming in I was easily able to see all of the details of his drivers license, which

  • like most people, he kept in a clear sleeve inside the wallet.

  • Yes, it really is that easy.

  • Spy or con job movies make things like this look really difficult, but I promise you it

  • isn't.

  • It just takes some nerve and a bit of cleverness.

  • For my next phase of the plan I rushed into a nearby bathroom and hurriedly changed out

  • of my jeans and t shirt and into a pair of nice brown slacks and a casual but still nice

  • top I had brought specifically for this.

  • I also rushed to throw on a pair of brown leather shoes I brought specifically for this.

  • I had to look the part for the next part of the con.

  • What came next would rely on a bit of luck.

  • I came back out of the bathroom and luckily Cinnabon was busy, so Mr. VIP must have only

  • recently gotten his order because he was already on the move.

  • I followed him at a healthy distance, and sure enough, he went straight to the VIP lounge.

  • Now, I'm not allowed to actually say which lounge this was, because Infographics really

  • doesn't want to get into trouble with LAX, but I watched him begin the check in process.

  • Then, I made my move.

  • I removed my mask, because now I was pretending to be too important for things like public

  • health guidelines, but also because I really needed the staff at the check-in counter to

  • recognize my face.

  • Then I rushed to the counter and straight up to Mr. VIP, as I got there I said something

  • like, “Mr. So-and-so!

  • I got the- oh, I'm so sorry let me get this call, Mr. So-and-so!”

  • Then I hurried off pretending to receive a call.

  • All I needed from Mr. VIP was to not make a comment to the staff like, “who was that