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LAX Airport Expansion Sorely Needed

By Sunday, 04 September 2016 11:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

If I moved next to a waterfall, I’d expect to hear sounds made by falling water. If I lived next to a major interstate, I would expect to hear traffic noise. And as time progressed I wouldn’t be surprised if traffic increased along with the growth of the city.

That’s why it never ceases to amaze me when people who live in homes near an airport sue to airport to stop expansion. When they moved in did they think air travel was some fad like The Charleston and it would go away once the new wore off? Or was the airport built secretly one night while they were asleep and the first they knew of its existence was when a jet taking off woke them up?

Denny Schneider, president of Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, has been primarily responsible for blocking not expansion but even improvements at Los Angeles International Airport for the past 21 years. According to the LA Daily News he began fighting the airport after his “wife saw two planes nearly collide in the sky above their home.” A convenient explanation that’s difficult to fact check since his wife is dead.

The homeowners in Westchester and Playa del Rey claimed that moving one runway approximately 100 yds. closer to their homes “would exacerbate noise and environmental pollution” a contention that’s always the first refuge of obstructionists. Schneider’s solution was to force air travelers to drive miles out of their way to regional airports that were never intended to handle international traffic and burden the homeowners there who would see a sleepy general aviation airport suddenly become a metro LA airport.

Now after years of foot–dragging in court and inconveniencing travelers, a settlement in the lawsuit has been reached and Schneider, and the politicians who flocked to his cause, have the gall to take credit for the airport improvements his lawsuit was blocking. In Schneider’s view without his selfless obstructionism, airport authorities would never have added a people–mover to connect passengers with a nearby light rail station, something that other airports have done or are planning to do without any help from Schneider.

They’re also claiming credit for runway traffic signals at the airport designed to prevent collisions on the ground, since airport authorities would never have taken steps to prevent collisions without ARSAC’s intervention.

What the conclusion of this selfish litigation does is end all hope of runway expansion for the foreseeable future with one exception: LAX will be able to cram new gates into existing buildings and expand passenger capacity by 5 percent, which works out to approximately a quarter of a percentage point of growth for each of the 21 years ARSAC has been blocking expansion.

I only wish that as part of the settlement, every ARSAC member who took a flight from LAX was required to wear a sign around their neck reading: Ask Me Why This Airport Is Congested!

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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I only wish that as part of the settlement, every ARSAC member who took a flight from LAX was required to wear a sign around their neck reading: Ask Me Why This Airport Is Congested!
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