October 26th, 1996

Taken Hostage at the Airport

By Adam Hochschild
The New York Times

Today, anyone looking for a few quiet moments in the place where many Americans begin their journeys—an airport departure gate—is in for big trouble. Besides all the other distractions, there’s often a new one: a flickering TV set. I first began encountering these televisions some months ago, and did some research to find out how widespread they are. It turns out that TV’s are installed at more than 1,000 gates in more than 25 major American airports.

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