Access perspective missing from airport discussion
As a 10-year resident of Burbank, I have used the Burbank Airport
frequently for business and vacations. I have also read the pros and
cons of the new terminal construction and witnessed the endless
What I have not seen to date is a discussion about the lack of
accessibility to the planes. Anyone in a wheelchair or who cannot
ascend or descend the steps to the plane must be lifted up on a cargo
platform that is used to load peanuts, drinks and whatnot. It is
neither particularly safe nor desirable for the morale of those who
must ride this contraption.
For this reason alone, the new terminal should be built. Yes,
debate can and will continue on the size and shape of the end
product, but the accessibility needs must be met sooner rather than
$34 million for airport project should be spent elsewhere
It is amusing to read how the initial estimates for Burbank
Airport’s new 40,000-square-foot security project have mysteriously
grown from $10 million to $24 million and now $34 million.
Who knew the Airport Authority had so much money to burn?
For $34 million, I believe they could buy every single passenger
their own luggage and clothes and totally do away with these super
high-tech bomb-sniffing machines that can’t seem to tell the
difference between TNT and bars of chocolate. And somebody please
explain to me why 40,000 square feet is needed for extra screening?
That’s not extra security space -- that’s a Wal-Mart.
Think how many teachers in Burbank could get raises with $34
million. Think of how many homeless people could get fed with that.
Think of how many new gates can later be added with it.