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Why Are U.S. Airports So Bad? San Francisco Patronage Case Explains All

Excerpt from SFGate

Aug 26, 2013 11:20 am

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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.

— Jason Clampet

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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.

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