Re "Security Eclipses Capacity in Plan for LAX," July 10: Mayor James Hahn said: "If we don't do something, people will fly somewhere else" and that the region would risk losing lucrative international flights to competing airports in Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco. Now, I'm trying not to be disrespectful to the mayor, but if I needed to get to Los Angeles from France, do you think I would care if the airport has been modernized? I am certainly not going to fly to Las Vegas if I need to get to Los Angeles.
This argument is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. As a matter of fact, his plan will backfire: If I had to take two extra hours by starting out at a "check-in" facility a mile away, I would look for another airport.