NEW YORK (PIX11) — Vice President Joe Biden had some choice words when describing New York’s LaGuardia Airport while addressing the country’s infrastructure problems.
“If I blindfold someone at two in the morning and took them into the airport in Hong Kong, and said where do you think you are, they’d say ‘In America, this must be a modern airport,'” Biden said at an event to unveil Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter locomotive, which uses an electric engine.
“If I blindfolded you and took you into LaGuardia airport in New York you’d think ‘I must be in some third world country.’”
“I’m not joking,” said Biden, “”Why did we lead the world economically for so long? We had the most modern infrastructure in the world.”
Aging LaGuardia was given elected the worst airport in the country by a 2012 Travel and Leisure survey. The magazine cited tortuous check-in and security processes, poor baggage handling, terrible Wi-Fi, the ‘worst’ design and a lack of cleanliness and staff communication. Zagat and Frommer’s agreed in their own reviews of the nation’s airports.
In a statement from the Global Gateway Alliance, an airport advocacy group, Chairman Joseph Sitt agreed with the vice president’s words, but said, “we are not in the business of finger pointing; we’re in the business of investing in our airports and making sure they reflect our world-class city and region. It’s why we need all of our federal, state, and local partners to make investing in modernizing our outdated airports a top priority.”