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New Private Terminal At LAX Allows Oligarchs To Mock Debt-Serfs Hauling Luggage Via Telescreen

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FunkyMike    1,862

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,





If there was ever an article that perfectly summed up the times we live in, it’d have to be the one published yesterday at The Guardian titled, At LA Airport’s New Private Terminal, the Rich Can Watch Normal People Suffer.


Here are a few excerpts:



The guiltiest pleasure at Los Angeles international airport’s (LAX) new private terminal for the mega-rich is not the plush, hushed privacy, or the beds with comforters, or the massages, or the coriander-scented soap, or the Willie Wonka-style array of chocolates and jelly beans, or the Napa Valley cabernet.


It is the iPad that sits on a counter at the entrance, with a typed little note: “Here is a glimpse of what you’re missing over at the main terminal right now.”


The screen shows travelers hauling bags through packed terminals, queuing in long lines, looking harassed and being swallowed into pushing, shoving paparazzi scrums – routine hazards for the 80 million people who pass through LAX each year.


“There they process thousands of people at a time, they’re barking. It’s loud. Here it’s very, very lovely,” said Gavin de Becker, who runs the new terminal, called Private Suite.


He wasn’t wrong. The $22m facility, the first of its kind in the US, opens on Monday, giving the 1% a whole new way to separate themselves from everyone else’s reality.


Instead of battling the traffic jams that clog LAX you reach Private Suite via the Imperial Highway, leading to a discreet turn-off where an armed guard checks your identity and pushes a button. Tall grey gates open and you enter the haven.


It is pricey. In addition to annual membership of $7,500, you pay $2,700 per domestic flight and $3,000 per international flight. The cost covers a group of up to four people. If you aren’t a member, you pay $3,500 for a domestic flight and $4,000 for international flight for a group of up to three people.


The fact that the super rich and powerful have it so much better than everyone else is nothing new. It’s been that way in pretty much every society you can think of, whether capitalist or communist. The real sickening thing is that the geniuses behind this terminal thought it’d be a nice touch to add a screen from which oligarchs can watch and jeer at the unwashed masses. The idea clearly being that this would add to the experience and provide additional entertainment for the mega-rich. This speaks to a special type of demented self-satisfaction that is not representative of a healthy society.


That said, it doesn’t really surprise me, because as I noted in the recent post, Student Loans and Healthcare – Two Issues that Will Define American Politics Going Forward:



I have absolutely no problem with wealth differences within a society, even large discrepancies are fine as long as the general population benefits substantially from overall growth trends. This is not the case in today’s economy.


I support a real free market economy where barriers to entry are low, and in which small business and competition thrives. Unfortunately, this is not the case in today’s economy. Rather, America has largely become a neo-feudal society where a mass of debt slaves are lorded over by government protected, monopolistic, rent-seeking oligarchs and racketeers.


Societies work when people think the system is fair enough and have genuine opportunity for success and standard of living improvement. Societies work when the people who become fabulously wealthy are individuals who have created a product or service that benefits society at large. In contrast, people shouldn’t become wealthy by preying on their fellow citizens and driving them into destitution and debt bondage, but that’s precisely what is happening in many industries today. Our society rewards the worst sort of behavior, and as we observed in the aftermath of the financial crisis, protects and further empowers white collar criminals for destroying the global economy.

How long before they bring back the Colosseum?





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Jim K    14,174

What a terrible title.  ZeroHedge also conveniently failed to include this snippet from TheGuardian (guess it would have nullified ZH's entire article...lol) ... 


"After publication, de Beck contacted the Guardian to say the iPad with images from the main terminal at LAX will not be on public display. He said the iPad and its accompanying caption were created and displayed solely for the duration of the Guardian’s visit to the Private Suite terminal."


also ...


"It cost taxpayers nothing and would generate $34m for LAX over the next nine years, he said. Plus it would make his clients likelier to use commercial flights rather than charter private jets. “It’s all about the airport, about predictability. When you charter you can buy your way out of the line.”


So ... what is the problem?  

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Nashy    1,662

That title still makes no sense to me.  However, I've just been through LAX in the past week, and it was not what I would call a busy airport by any stretch.  Maybe we got lucky.  We had no one waiting for our checkin (3 hours prior to flight) we had no one in front of us through security, and the gate lounges were all half empty.  Admittedly, the food court was around a 15 minute wait for food.  Toronto and Warsaw Chopin were by far the worst we went through.

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redfish    580
56 minutes ago, FunkyMike said:

The screen shows travelers hauling bags through packed terminals, queuing in long lines, looking harassed and being swallowed into pushing, shoving paparazzi scrums – routine hazards for the 80 million people who pass through LAX each year.

I've been through LAX many times, this is a gross exaggeration. Its a little longer coming back in from an international flight and going through customs, but getting to your terminal and doing domestic flights isn't a big deal... even if its annoying to have to take out your laptop at the X-ray machine. They already have TSA Precheck lanes though which can save you time.


Anyway, sounds like a waste of money to me unless you're a celebrity with privacy concerns.

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