skyhigh777
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:03 pm

Hey guys,

I was just looking at this picture of St. Maarten when I noticed that the new terminal has what seems like a useless gate all the way at the end where the cars are parked. Is that just temporary, or are they actually planning on using that somehow?


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lincoln
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:07 pm

I'm just guessing, but I'd say those are construction vehicles. If you look at the ramp behind that gate there's dirt and construction equipment--hardly enough room for an aircraft right now...
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Flyinround731
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:08 pm

Look around the gate, there appears to be earthmoving equipment and dirt, as if the tarmac around the gate has not been paved yet and under construction. The cars may be worker parking.
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:11 pm

Quoting Flyinround731 (Reply 2):
The cars may be worker parking.

That's what I'd figure, whenever I drive a personal vehicle to a job site that I'm working on we just park wherever we can find room that's not being used at that moment.
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foxxray
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:29 pm

That's temporary, those 2 gates will be used when the old terminal will be removed... (it isn't visible on that picture but it's just under the worker parking) !
 
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:32 pm

you can see the old terminal on this picture !


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airfoilsguy
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Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:55 pm

Wow, Real tight security there.  Yeah sure I wonder if each and every one of those cars has been serached for bombs and or guns.
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:06 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
Wow, Real tight security there. Yeah sure I wonder if each and every one of those cars has been serached for bombs and or guns.

Its probably about as secure as LHR. Which isn't saying much but you can't really can't tell what proceedures they have in place, I'm sure you could give em a call and ask.

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Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:55 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
Wow, Real tight security there. Yeah sure I wonder if each and every one of those cars has been serached for bombs and or guns.

Not all of us live in the USA.
 
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:08 am

Quoting Noelg (Reply 8):
Not all of us live in the USA.

No, but I am sure passengers who fly from St. Maarten have connecting flights in the U.S.
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:27 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
Wow, Real tight security there. I wonder if each and every one of those cars has been serached for bombs and or guns.

The caribbean has a much more relaxed view of the world. As a rule we aren't worried about someone wanting to kill us every six seconds because we generally mind our own damned business...
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:14 am

Quoting Osiris30 (Reply 10):
The caribbean has a much more relaxed view of the world. As a rule we aren't worried about someone wanting to kill us every six seconds because we generally mind our own damned business...

i so wish high school was like that........*sigh*
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FL370
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:58 am

with only 5 gates in the new terminal, how many flights does the airport recieve a day! do they even have enought gates to handle of the planes, or do they have some remote parking?


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Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:21 am

Quoting Noelg (Reply 8):
Not all of us live in the USA.

Or with that mentality.
 
airfoilsguy
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Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:31 pm

Quoting Jpax (Reply 13):
Or with that mentality.

What mentality might that be?
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boeing767mech
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Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:12 am

You mean that gate isn't for the oversized overpriced SUV's

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Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting Osiris30 (Reply 10):
The caribbean has a much more relaxed view of the world. As a rule we aren't worried about someone wanting to kill us every six seconds because we generally mind our own damned business...

The United States ranks 24th in per capita murder rate. Number 3 is Jamaica, which I think is in the Caribbean. In case anyone cares numbers 1 and 2 are Columbia and South Africa.
 
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Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:46 am

Quoting 474218 (Reply 16):
The United States ranks 24th in per capita murder rate. Number 3 is Jamaica, which I think is in the Caribbean. In case anyone cares numbers 1 and 2 are Columbia and South Africa.

Which only goes to show how completely out of whack our fears are vs. reality. We literally lose sleep over all the different ways we can screen airline passengers because of one attack 5 years ago, and we virtually ignore totally preventable things that kill hundreds of thousands of people every year (like, for example, over-eating).
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Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:13 am

Quoting Osiris30 (Reply 10):
The caribbean has a much more relaxed view of the world

...thanks to the rum and all the money Americans spend thier - oh wait, I'm sorry, I should just mind my own damn business.  Yeah sure
 
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Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:34 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
Wow, Real tight security there. I wonder if each and every one of those cars has been serached for bombs and or guns.

I'm pretty sure I saw private vehicles parked in a secure perimeter -- if not the tarmac -- at EWR during one of their many construction periods, recently. Isn't there a major international airport, Japan or maybe in Europe, that still allows farming between the runways? Best not use our tourist dollars there for fear of sociopathic farmhands!

Nasty turn for this thread, back to topic. To turn SkyHigh777's question, this is actually a useless (or soon to be useless) parking lot at the end where a gate should be.

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Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:47 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 14):
What mentality might that be?

Your wondering of if "each and every one of those cars has been serached for bombs and or guns" mentality. It seems you did not pick that up from the other replies...