|Friendship Airport aka BWI (Photo: Philipsen)|
The spontaneous protest at the international arrival gate spread also to Baltimore on Sunday and it was powerful as my video shows which was now been seen over six-thousand times. Crowds arrived by light rail making a pro transit statement. A lady with a suitcase emerging from a packed train didn't mind, although her purpose was travel: "It was packed in a good way", she said.
The International arrival hall in Terminal E of the Thurgood Marshall International Airport is usually eerily empty. Not Sunday, though. Shouts and slogans rang out and everyone emerging from customs was jubilantly welcomed by a tightly packed crowd of what could have been well over a 1000 people. The demonstrators filled also the adjoining hallways and more and more folks with placards gave up their quiet Sunday afternoons to be at the airport, a place
|The airport as the Commons? (Photo: Philipsen)|
In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.
|Friendship Airport in the fifties.|
Recently when I asked in this space where Baltimore's proper Commons would be, meaning a civic gathering space, I had not considered that US airports could become the commons of the day across an entire country, even if only for those who feel aggrieved by current policies.
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
|Friendship observation deck.|