It was merely a prelude to a debacle that is still unfolding. Three years later, Berlin Brandenburg has wrecked careers and joined two other bloated projects—Stuttgart 21, a years-late railway station €2 billion over budget, and an €865 million concert hall in Hamburg—in tarnishing Germany’s reputation for order, efficiency, and engineering mastery.
At the very moment Merkel and her allies are hectoring the Greeks about their profligacy, the airport’s cost, borne by taxpayers, has tripled to €5.4 billion. Two airport company directors (including Schwarz), three technical chiefs, the architects, and dozens if not hundreds of others have been fired or forced to quit, or have left in disgust. The government spends €16 million per month just to prevent the huge facility from falling into disrepair. According to the most optimistic scenarios, it won’t check in its first passengers until 2017, and sunny pronouncements have long since given way to “catastrophe,” “farce,” and “the building site of horror.” There is a noted German word for the delight some took in the mess, too.
Y-a pas à dire, va falloir aller prendre des leçons chez eux, au moment de décider de construire un aéroport en Bretagne !
Having assembled and disassembled bicycles in airport halls, I appreciate this nice facility... Let it inspire other airports !
From my experience, I suspect that the airport’s main motivation in setting up a bicycle assembly station is not facilitating the cyclist’s life but getting unsightly bicycles hippies out of sight from respectable travelers...
In principle it is impossible but actually it has happened.
Oslo Torp administration is working together with police to find out and understand how it happened that a man was able to cross airport area unseen and to reach airplane. Till this moment they haven’t been able to find how it happened. Oslo Torp administration argues that all procedures were in order and followed.
– I prinsippet skal det være umulig, men her kan det se ut som det faktisk har skjedd - Aftenposten
- I teorien følger vi et et veldig rigid og detaljert sikkerhetsregime som vi er pålagt av både norske og internajonale myndigheter. I prinsippet skal det være umulig, men her kan det se ut som det faktisk har skjedd. Men vi vet ikke det nøyaktige hendelsefotrløpet. Vi har allerede gått gjennom rutinene og sjekket at rutinene ble fulgt. Det er ikke lenger enn en måned siden vi hadde Lufthavnstilsynet på besøk, og vi følger alle regler og retningslinjer. I tillegg til den tekniske overvåkingen og avgrensingen mot lufthavnen så skjer det også en fysisk kontroll av flyselskapet rett før de skal ta av. Styrmann eller kaptein foretar dette. Der ligger det også i rutinene at hjulbnrønnene skal underøskes.
#Beirut air traffic controller #strike delays flights
A two-hour strike by Lebanese #air_traffic_controllers at Beirut’s #airport delayed over a dozen arriving and departing flights on Tuesday, airport sources said. The air traffic controllers called for the stoppage to press for higher pay and the implementation of other demands they say had been agreed with government officials. “If there is no response to our demands, then of course the subsequent steps will be escalatory,” said Ali Hammoud, the head of a committee representing air traffic controllers, according to a statement. read more
“After many years of inaction, Palestinian Airlines have begun flying again – just one route...
#Beirut Tunnel Flood a Result of Negligence
Youssef denied that he or the contractor were to blame. He said, “Everything was proceeding at the #Airport_Road tunnel to the best of our abilities, but what happened has happened.”. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah). Youssef denied that he or the contractor were to blame. He said, “Everything was proceeding at the airport road tunnel to the best of our abilities, but what happened has happened.”. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah).
It was an act of God, according to Lebanese MP #Ghazi_Youssef. In his view, God wanted to humiliate the motorists on Beirut’s airport road tunnel. This was Youssef’s response to charges of “negligence and sabotage” brought against #Middle_East_Airport_Services (MEAS), of which he is chairman. Youssef enjoys parliamentary (...)
A Waste of Money and Time - Bruce Schneier - NYTimes.com
“A short history of #airport #security: We screen for guns and bombs, so the terrorists use box cutters. We confiscate box cutters and corkscrews, so they put explosives in their sneakers. We screen footwear, so they try to use liquids. We confiscate liquids, so they put PETN bombs in their underwear. We roll out full-#body_scanners, even though they wouldn’t have caught the Underwear Bomber, so they put a bomb in a printer cartridge. We ban printer cartridges over 16 ounces — the level of #magical_thinking here is amazing — and they’re going to do something else.
This is a stupid game, and we should stop playing it”
iPoding | What’s that in your pocket?
Apple - Support - Discussions - Dead Airport Express - no light at all ...