Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James

May 30, 2013

Plans call for KCI's Terminal A to be replaced with a single terminal.
Plans call for KCI's Terminal A to be replaced with a single terminal.
Credit Kansas City Aviation Department

If you want to get people talking, just say three words: new airport terminal.

It seems that everyone's an expert on airport design and plans. After all, many of us fly through Kansas City International Airport.

We like the convenience and the short walks from the ticket counter to the gate, from the gate to baggage claim, and from there to our cars waiting nearby. What don't we like? Too few bathrooms inside the secure area, few choices for eating once through security, and the often long security lines at peak departure times.

So when airport officials announced plans for a $1.2 billion new terminal, many people jumped on the "what we like" column, and tended to ignore the "what don't we like" list. 

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah about what he's hearing from area residents about the new terminal plan, where he stands, and what stands in the way of a new terminal.

We'll also discuss other issues to come up during Kansas City Mayor Sly James' first two years: local control of the KCPD and his son, Kyle's run-ins with law enforcement.