The Bag Stops Here

Are the luggage-delivery glitches in Denver's long-delayed airport fixable anytime soon?

With its glass-walled atrium and skywalk, marble-walled terminal and soaring, Teflon-spired roof mimicking the peaks of the nearby Rockies, the brand-new Denver International Airport, the nation's largest, would be a prize for most cities. But there was no joy in the Mile-High City last week as Mayor Wellington Webb summoned reporters to his city-hall office to announce an indefinite delay in the airport's opening. To begin operations prematurely with a malfunctioning baggage system, the mayor warned, could be "disastrous."

The announcement was another blow for airport boosters smarting from three earlier postponements, snafus and design changes that have put the gargantuan...

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