Airports today are supposed to help move people onto and off of planes, but they’re also supposed to retain people for indefinite periods of time and ply them with entertainment—food, shopping, and so on. They’re supposed to be welcoming symbols of nations and cities, but also serve as intentional choke points for the security state. And they’re supposed to evoke the grand symbols of aviation’s golden age for pennies on the dollar.
See? Identity crisis.