Monday, March 06, 2006

First sea ports, now airports?

It's not the UAE, but it's a foreign company anyway. From Drudge:
Move over PortGate...

Indianapolis International Airport, a facility that serves more than 8 million passengers every year, is operated by a foreign-owned company.

And the company has stated contractual obligations at the airport -- which include law enforcement!

BAA Indianapolis LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of BAA plc, a private company which owns and operates seven airports in the United Kingdom including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports serving London.

Indianapolis International is now the largest privately managed airport in the United States.
This is an open invitation for people to weigh in on whether they think it is problematic for a foreign company to be operating an airport, including security of said airport. Is this any different than letting a UAE-based (and UAE state-owned) company operate six of our major seaports?