Airports, Cities, and the Jet Age: US Airports Since 1945 by Janet R. Bednarek

By Janet R. Bednarek

This ebook explores the connection among towns and their advertisement airports. those important transportation amenities are in the neighborhood owned and controlled and civic leaders and boosters have made them significant to occasionally expansive financial improvement desires, together with the development of architecturally major structures. even though, different metropolitan citizens have paid a excessive expense for the growth of air transportation, as battles over jet airplane noise resulted not just in quieter jet engine applied sciences, yet profound adjustments within the metropolitan panorama with the clearance of either city and suburban neighborhoods. And within the wake of Sept. 11, the united states advertisement airport has emerged because the position the place american citizens so much totally adventure the protection regime brought after these terrorist assaults.

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In May and again in June, US citizens of Cuban origin hijacked US airliners and forced them to fly to Cuba. In the first case, the Castro government immediately seized both the plane and hijacker. It later allowed the plane and passengers to depart after a delay of just a few hours. In the second, Castro again seized the hijacker, but before releasing the plane insisted that the USA return a Cuban naval vessel that had been hijacked to Key West, Florida. These hijacking, plus additional incidents involving disgruntled native-born US citizens, promoted Congress to pass the first anti-hijacking legislation.

This led many officials in the USA to believe that most hijackers were disaffected Cuban refugees wishing to return home.  Soon, however, it became clear that the hijackers were not all Cuban refugees. Rather, for the most part, they were individuals in trouble with the law wishing to flee to another country. Others were simply mentally unstable. Regardless, most of these hijackings ended peacefully. As a result, both US government officials and airline executives felt the best way to handle the hijackings was not implementation of airport security measures, such as magnetometers to screen for weapons, but to simply give the perpetrators what they wanted, a flight to Cuba.

Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Newark, Dallas, and Denver. Of those cities, all but Baltimore and Newark still rank in the top 25 largest cities, though Baltimore is close at number 26. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco had top 10 airports in both 1954 and 2010. Most of the cities having top airports in 2010 that were not among the largest cities in 1950 are Sunbelt (Southern and Western) and/or resort cities: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale.

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