if you bought some property in an old warehouse district and you worked hard to
open a new restaurant and to change the perception of the area’s look and style
from “old warehouse” to “classic chic.”
Imagine that people paid exclusive rates to come to your restaurant, and
after a few years, your restaurant was, hands down, the well known “place to
be” for the movers and shakers of your city.
Now, imagine that the Federal Government decides that warehouse
districts are threatened by people who drive their own cars, and that those
businesses in warehouse districts can only buy and sell goods to/from people
who rent cars to get there!
you think your restaurant would suffer?
is exactly what happened when the feds stepped in and decided that the only
people allowed in an airport concourse, behind the security gates, would be
passengers who are carrying tickets for flights departing from those
concourses. Suddenly, restaurants,
lounges, bars, shops, etc, lost all of their business from family and friends
of arriving or departing passengers.
Children who came along to say “Goodbye” to their fathers could no
longer coax a trinket from the gift shop.
Spouses could no longer have a parting meal or drink in a restaurant or
bar unless they were both traveling together.
lounges were struck particularly hard.
There were days when business travelers paid big bucks (thousands per
year) to join one or more airline lounges.
Northwest’s WorldClub, Continental’s President’s Club, etc, used to be
exclusive places where elite travelers would meet, strike deals, share
meetings, drinks, food, etc. After the “ban”
by the TSA, travelers spent so much time fighting security and new regulations
that they stopped coming to the airport early enough to enjoy the lounge. Airline connections in hub cities went from
two hour layovers to 45 minute layovers, again, nobody had time for the lounge.
is trying an experiment now, and I think it’s a good one. No longer are they limiting their Sky Club
lounge to exclusive members. They’re
opening the lounge up to the general public who is carrying their AMX sponsored
flight miles card, and who is willing to pay $25 to get in. If you get through security early enough, you
can pay $25 to relax in a quiet room with comfortable chairs, beverages, food,
magazines, newspapers, wireless internet, satellite TV, private restrooms, and
personalized flight assistance!
know from experience, there will come a day when your flight is significantly
delayed and you are sick and tired of screaming children and uncomfortable
chairs in the waiting area. $25 is “pennies”
in moments like those…
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