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August 13th, 2001

Airport Parking Racket

I’ve determined that the airport parking racket is one of the worst that exists. Yesterday, we went to pick up two people at the airport. We checked online and both flights were late due to the weather. One was due in at 7:30pm, the other at 8:30. We figured we’d get out and have to pay $7 ($3 for the first hour, $4 for each addition), which is a lot of money considering what you get for it, but bearable. That is, until we arrived at the airport and found out 15 minutes after the second flight was due in that it would be another hour late… and then another 45 minutes late…

By the time all was said and done, we paid $15 for the “luxury” of parking our car while spending quality time inside Dulles airport. Good God, it would have been cheaper to get a taxi.

Last year, after a pickup, we came in at under an hour in the lot. Unfortunatly, the line to leave the lot was so long that we were waiting another 20 minutes to pay and get out, which resulted in an additional $4 charge. For sitting in line. What kind of nonsense is that?

Parking garages in large cities are known for their absurd parking charges, but I think the biggest parking racket is clearly at airports, especially those with limited parking space. -ram

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