Looking before you Leapfrog

In the Hutong
Waiting for a Conference Call
0934 hrs

The New York Times and my fellow plane-geeks over at Airliners.net have been singing a dirge for Denver International Airport’s automated baggage system, built at a cost of $186 million, never fully utilized, prone to breakdowns, and incredibly costly to operate. The system is being shut down, and it’s 26 miles of conveyers and expensive robots and computing system will gather dust – if they don’t wind up getting ripped out entirely.

One cannot help but think about the current – and planned – airport expansion programs being considered around China, obviously, but also a broad range of government-funded projects – like the Olympics – and worry.