Well, obviously Matt D is paranoid about security, and uh, this had nothing to do with airport security. This was planned about 10 years ago, because CLE's expansion project was to be finished by now, but was put off for so long. According to the airport's website, they need this extra room for the new runway they are building. And no, MattD, don't tell me that they aren't building a runway but actually an array of nuclear arsenal and nuclear bunkers for the rich people to hide in.
"Who knows who might be showing up there."
Trust me, you had a restaurant busy all day with patrons, you had a 4 lane road in front of you, full of traffic all day, you had the airport security across the street watching. All of these groups sort of watch you since you stick out on a mound in an empty field. The people in their cars usually honk or wave one or more of a selection of fingers at you, based on thier age, the restaurant people are in and out all day, some of them would have been more suspicious, and well the airport security. They'd tell you to leave if you got withing 3 feet of the fence.
"When you have a place like this where anyone can openly come and get that close to the planes, it MUST be closed."
Uh huh... OK, well, the majority of the people who went to the mound were families, photographers, and pilots themselves. I would think that if you had any sort of firearms pointed to the aircraft people would be calling the cops. Plus, that has never happened. Sure, little Susie Q is going to get her AK-47 and shoot up a plane. DUH!!! Like nobody would notice. Also, since you've never been here to the spotting MOUND let me explain what it is. THE MOUND is a MOUND. A MOUND is defined as a small, raised area of land. Those photos were not taken on the ground. They were taken atop a 4-5 foot high MOUND that was built by an unknown group that wanted to that photographs without the giant 6 foot high fence in the photo. the mound then became more important once the airport put up the blast shields. Then in order to watch the planes you had to use the mound.
"We simply cannot afford to take chances with the lives of all the thousands of people flying in and out of there every day."
What do you want me to do, get in my Delorean time machine and go back to 1903 and tell the Wright Brothers not to invent flying because the great form of transportation known as the airplane would be used against us to kill several thousand of our own people?
We all take chances. Of course the ones your talking about are putting lives at stake beacuse of your fear that some Al Qaeda or Taliban is going to go to a 4 foot high mound and shoot at airplanes. Well, it'd be kind of dumb for them at this point. They'd go for something more important then shooting at ERJ's all day long.
So, Matt D, you can be afraid all you want. The more you talk about disappointing things like this being good, the more you tell the terrorists, "You win! Come, take America over! We don't care if you walk on us like cheap rugs!"