Airport terminals for the super-rich might be best for everyone

ON MAY 7th a fist-fight broke out on a Southwest Airlines flight that had just landed at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. The violence began when a passenger accused another of “messing with his chair”. It was, inevitably, captured on video and quickly spread on social media.

Twenty miles down the road, Los Angeles International Airport unveiled a new $22m terminal. The facility, called the Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, will be the first of its kind in America when it opens on May 15th: an exclusive hideaway for Hollywood types who want to avoid the masses (and the paparazzi) en route to their flights. For an annual membership of $7,500, plus $2,700 to $3,000 per flight, a group of up to four travellers can enjoy luxury suites before being screened by a dedicated security team and transported directly to the plane in a BMW. Once there, they can board using a separate staircase,…Continue reading

This post was originally published in the Economist.

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Airport terminals for the super-rich might be best for everyone

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