Living: TIME'S Guide to Airports: Jet Lag on the Ground

In the Age of Steam, city railroad stations in the U.S. developed as the natural complement to the trains they served. They were convenient, spacious and well planned—temples to progress. In the Jet Age, by contrast, many airports are monuments of muddle, rapacity and discomfort. Despite $1.2 billion in federal aid to U.S. airports in the past ten years, the gap between ground technology and flight technology is vast, and apparently widening.

Though it takes only one-third the time today to fly between major cities that it did in 1948, it takes twice as...

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