|Airlines and airports are an integral part of a modern day transport system that, like it or not, the world cannot do without. Amongst the world's great airports in terms of actual size, passenger numbers and volume of flights are London Heathrow, Los Angeles LAX, Tokyo Narita, Singapore Changi, Frankfurt Main, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schipol.|
Flying with a country's national airline usually means stopping and changing planes in the capital city of that nation en route to the final destination. Airports always have a short code version of their name for baggage tagging and booking purposes amongst other things. London Heathrow would be LHR, Tokyo Narita would be NRT and Amsterdam Schipol would be AMS.
The larger airports provide a range of facilities from eating establishments, bars, duty-free shopping complexes and even prayer halls. Airports are usually located some considerable distance from their host city, although transport links to the city proper are usually provided in the form of buses, trains and taxis.
The airline industry suffered in the wake of the September 11th attacks on New York's Twin Towers. Holidays and flights were cancelled by a very nervous public. The collective industry of airlines lost billions of dollars in revenue as companies were forced to cancel both flights and in some cases complete routes. Many companies were faced with bankruptcy and forced to reduce airfares to gain business from a public that was scared to travel.
Airport security has improved in recent times. Baggage is scrutinized using high tech x-ray equipment and visiting the cockpit during a flight is now prohibited. Passengers carrying sharp objects are only allowed to do so with baggage that is checked-in prior to boarding. Absolutely no sharp objects are permitted in the aircraft cabin at any time.