Don’t like that scenario? How about this one:
“Ah honey, I wanted to take you and the kids out to dinner at that new hot spot in town, but the McDonald’s is no longer there so we would have to buy the kids a full, expensive meal.”
No? Don’t like that one either? This one any better?
“Hey, Shirl, what do you think about going shopping at that new place on Harbor Drive. I hear that there are several new book stores all under one roof we could try; fresh chocolate’s; even a great jewelry store. Be there in an hour.”
Are you all ready to go? Oh, you don’t know where this new gourmet place is? Let me tell you. It is at our very own “LINDBERGH FIELD.” Yes sir! The Airport Authority Board in their infinite wisdom has decreed that “a new recipe for success” is needed and they taking the “Food Court . . . . off in a new direction.”
Restaurants that are going to go in there? I am embarrassed to say that some of them are among my favorites: HODAD’S, PHIL’S BBQ, SAMMY’S PIZZA, SAFFRON THAI, etc. and some that are not among my favorites.
So…let’s picture this scenario. You spend many minutes getting to the airport. After all, you are not flying out; you are merely going there to eat. Then you have to drive around, and around, and around to find a parking place. Do you park in one of those lots that have opened because you can no longer park at the airport due to the much-needed new gates at Terminal 2 construction. (As if that isn’t sick enough.)
Now you hop on one of the “free shuttles” that takes you to the Food Court. Oh! Where is the food court? Is it before you have to go through “security” or do you have to take off your clothes, be groped by TSA, and THEN go to eat at one of the “well known eateries”? Or if the food court is before you get to security, who is protecting us from the terrorists, the kooks, etc. that are sampling the wonderful food at the restaurants?
And, if the article in the San Diego Union-Tribune is correct – these gourmet food establishments will be located in Lindbergh Field’s three terminals. Wow! That makes me feel safe.
“In a move to both broaden and localize the dining and shopping options, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s board of directors awarded nearly a dozen contracts for the operation of food and retail outlets in 53 pre-and post-security locations.
. . . While national chains will still have a presence, airport officials emphasized that they were trying to bring more of a local flavor to the airport as a way of reminding travelers they’re in San Diego.”
Doesn’t that seem strange to you? You just flew in to…..SAN DIEGO; You are just flying out of…SAN DIEGO; ….you are going to eat in ….SAN DIEGO. And you have to be reminded where you are?
Who are these airport-board members? Is this why they couldn’t agree on moving the airport to a better location? They want to turn the airport into a “shopping center?” Their plan is to have “EIGHTY (80) new locations in place by mid-2014”?
Perhaps I am just reacting to my intense dislike of the Airport Board. I’ve been fighting them for 35 years. But at this moment, I will not patronize any of the restaurants that open up in this “fly-by-night” setting – either at the airport or at the establishments I frequent now. This is an airport – with the goal to move people quickly, efficiently, and safely. If I want to get dressed up to go out to eat, it won’t be at the airport. Ever!