They are capitalists, no? Happy to take the profit when all is going well? Happy to profiteer and distort prices within the confines of the airport? Happy to treat their workers with contempt, refuse to recognize unions?
The profiteering is done by the outlets though, isn't it? To pay for the costs of operating within the airport, presumably; and the airport operators have to pay the govt for the privilege of operating?
Luggage security is a bit random too - there was an undercover TV programme about it recently, where they'd hired any old bod to watch the security scanners as the hold luggage went through and some of them were reading newspapers and not even looking. (I think this was at Birmingham but I'd guess any of them would be the same)
firms that say to pilot in uniform with pass in hand "do you have anything in your bag by which means you could take control of the aircraft" er yes!! and who on regular ocasions has had to be reminded to check the airports staff passes
I also think that it's not reasonable for the state to be expected to pick up the bill for this. Any costs incurred by airports can be passed on to retailers renting space on the site (making monopoly profits, as we know) and passengers, surely?
do you think we'd have such tight security if america wasn't involved in some way?
like if 9/11 had never happened, if they still didn't really know what it was like to have a terrorist attack, would we be trying so hard to keep up with them?
what about when the IRA were bombing here. did they have such high security then?