For LAers traveling on JetBlue Airways, Long Beach Airport (official initials LGB, not to be confused with sexuality categories) is often the only departure option. I don’t mind that at all. Pulling up to LGB always reminds me of the final scenes of “Casablanca”, which is appropriate given the airport’s extensive history. For instance, the airport’s main terminal was built in 1941, making it a year older than the release of “Casablanca”, and the airfield itself dates back years earlier.
Now, I know that the line in the ticketing/check-in area seems to get longer every year, and that the main gate areas at either end are crowded and harshly lit. But you can check in for your flight online, and if you have luggage to check, you can do so at curbside. I had just a three minute wait on a recent crowded evening, and the $2 curbside baggage check fee was well worth it. Moreover, the upstairs level of LGB is open to the public and is truly intimate, with some comfy seating around a quaintly tiled compass/zodiac design (free wireless hotspot too), or the cafe just steps away. In the hallway are some cool photos showing more of LGB’s history, along with some vintage aviation posters in the stairwells at either end.
Finally, arriving and claiming bags at LBG is usually a snap, with just a couple of carousels and, typically, very few flights competing for them.
In other words, for most problems associated with Long Beach Airport’s miniature size, I find a way to bail out.