Re: 767 Tail-Bang on lift-off

Date:         21 Jan 97 01:32:24 
From:         jfmezei <nospam.jfmezei@videotron.ca>
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Reid Fairburn wrote:
> >3 Why do US airports not have transit lounges?

Because few USA airports were built/designed as international hubs. Some
have lounges but they are quite limited.

In the case of an LAX-LHR flight, you may have had passengers who came
from the South Pacific or (unlikely) Asia and who did not clear USA
customs prior to boarding the LAX-LHR flight. (I beleive that LAX does
have an international transit lounge).

The lack of use of a transit lounge at JFK may either be the result of
the non-exitence of such, or the unavailability of gates at such
facility (remember that your landing at JFK was unscheduled and such
gates may have been in use for regularly scheduled flights).

Also, many USA airports (not sure about JFK) have dedicated facilities
for international arrivals, but use unspecialised facilities for
international departures. (eg: Boston's Logan airport where incoming US
airlines use terminal E, but outgoing US airlines use their regular
domestic terminal).

This makes the transit lounge concept moot since very few flights
actually leave from such "international" terminals (read; rerminal
equipped with customs facilities).

Since your LAX-LHR flight may have had uncleared passengers for USA, it
was impossible to use any transit lounge that was not dedicated to
international travel with the only possible exit through customs. This
is in sharp contrast with most US transit lounges where J.Q. Public can
wonder around unticketed in the air-side and leave without any
formalities.