Why Are U.S. Airports So Bad? San Francisco Patronage Case Explains All
This is how airports work in the U.S. and why local governance almost always leads to cronies, bad contracts, shady security, and poor user experience.
Excerpt from SFGate
Despite facing repeated disciplinary actions, the nephew of San Francisco Airport Commission President Larry Mazzola is in line for a permanent $86,000-a-year safety job at the airport, with full civil service protections.
The nephew, Mark Kennedy, resigned from an earlier airport job for having porn on his work computer – and when he got another job at SFO, he attacked his ex-girlfriend’s beau in an airport terminal and pleaded no contest to assault.
… Landing lucrative jobs at the airport has long been a tradition in San Francisco for the politically connected. In fact, airport workers have a name for them: “flyovers,” in reference to how the newbie seems to fly over everyone else in line for a job.