Thursday, March 04, 2010

Two Pot Shots at LAX

Sherman Oaks, California

Ю I like to mock Tom Friedman as much as anyone else who reads and writes about foreign affairs. But The World's Most Pompous Moustache has a point in today's column:

I was traveling via Los Angeles International Airport — LAX — last week. Walking through its faded, cramped domestic terminal, I got the feeling of a place that once thought of itself as modern but has had one too many face-lifts and simply can't hide the wrinkles anymore. In some ways, LAX is us. We are the United States of Deferred Maintenance.
Friedman's column then shifts to one of his favorite recent themes: the superiority of China's government (mostly because they pay lip service to agreeing with Tom Friedman). But he's right about how the difference between the big city airports in China and the U.S. is such a contrast. The autocratic Chinese oligarchs point to a turnip field, say "Build an airport," and, three years later, there's an airport. In the United States, a new airport is literally a 30-year project.

Ю J.D. Power ranked nineteen of the country's large airports, and LAX did not come in last. It came in second-last, with Newark dwelling in the cellar.

New LAX slogan: "Better than Newark!"

Pictured: The little-known tunnel between LAX Terminals 5 and 6, as described in this excellent post by The Flying Critic.



Blogger maxman71 said...

I hate having to fly in and out of LAX. Baggage delays, rental car service is terrible. Yes, Newark is worse, but it's like comparing a Ford Pinto to a Trabant. In general, US airports are horrible, although SETAC (Seattle) is OK. Best airports in the world: Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Munich, Denpasar (Bali), Seoul, Beijing, Pudong (Shanghai).

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