deltaffindfw wrote:flyingclrs727 wrote:MIflyer12 wrote:
DFW works better as an O&D airport than as a connecting airport -- but it's not 1974 anymore, and O&D is not the primary purpose.
But at the scale of DFW, the idea of optimizing for O&D traffic was absurd even in the late 1960's when it was designed. The D-FW area of 1974 had nowhere near today's population to support O&D. What were they thinking when they put no provision for centralized security checkpoints in their designs. Yes security screenings were not required till 1973, but skyjackings were already a problem in the 1960's when it was designed. Security screening was already being talked about.
What were they thinking? In 1974, AA was basically nothing at DFW compared to today. Braniff was in 2W (B), DL in 4E (E) and AA (and Eastern) 3E (C). Terminal 2E (A) was a mix of carriers. They most likely had a security checkpoint right next to their check in counters. There was no need for a centralized checkpoint, since all connections for each airline were made in one terminal. In fact, DL has a hub of over 250 flights at its peak - only in Terminal E.
DFW was built as big as it was to handle all the commercial aviation needs for the D-FW Metroplex for at least 100 years. Even in 1974 the gates at either end of a single terminal were thousands of feet apart.