Conclusion: Airports, Cities, and the Jet Age
The conclusion summarizes the major arguments Bednarek made in the book. First, airports are places with multiple layers of history—national and international as well as distinctly local in scope. Second, airports are also problematic producers of noise pollution. Third, airport terminals replaced the train station as the “front door” through which visitors first enter a city. Fourth, though airline companies have emphasized the freedom that comes with flight, airports have emerged as places where both first and fourth amendment rights have been challenged and curtailed in the name of security. Finally, overall, airports are the multi-layered products of, among other factors, a particular ownership and management structure, responses to new technologies and an expanding airline travel industry, economic development dreams, and security nightmares.