Yet Another Reason Airports Should Not Be Named After People

After 14 years as Bob Hope Airport, the name has changed back to Hollywood Burbank Airport — a name this airport in California has not been officially called since 1978 — and the name change was precipitated primarily by reports that people from east of the Rocky Mountains did not exactly know where Bob Hope Airport was located

Yet Another Reason Airports Should Not Be Named After People

…but that is only one reason why airports should not be named after people.

I wrote this article on Monday, December 18, 2017 pertaining to Chick-fil-A opening on a Sunday in order to provide greater than 2,000 chicken sandwiches and bottled water to passengers who were stranded at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area because of a fire which knocked out electrical power and closed the airport for approximately twelve hours.

Chick-fil-A has been closed on Sundays since it was founded in 1946 by the late Truett Cathy — I had the pleasure of meeting both him and his son Dan — to allow employees a day of rest and worship; so opening on a Sunday is quite unusual for the company…

…but extraordinary circumstances prompted Dan Cathy to implement an exemption to the policy, which was covered by this article written by John Eades for Inc. — who used the name “Hartsville-Jackson International Airport” to refer to the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Hartsville-Jackson International Airport? I am not sure that neither William Berry Hartsfield — who was mayor of Atlanta twice — nor his descendants would be too thrilled to read that.

Towns named Hartsville do exist in both Tennessee and South Carolina — but I do not beleive that they are located close enough to the airport in Atlanta to justify the “name change.”

Summary

Should John Eades be taken to task for not taking more care in attempting to use the correct name for the airport in Atlanta — or is what he did understandable if you believe that Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is simply a ridiculously long name?

One thing is for certain, at least in my opinion: that error would likely never have occurred if the name of the airport was shortened or simplified to Atlanta International Airport instead of named after people

Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Yet Another Reason Airports Should Not Be Named After People”

  1. Autolycus says:

    My biggest annoyance with ATL’s name is from when it was renamed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There was already the Maynard Jackson International Terminal. I feel like the Maynard Jackson International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a bit redundant and wordy.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I agree, Autolycus.

      If something needs to be named after someone, why not name the concourses after Hartsfield and Jackson — as you pointed out, Maynard Jackson already has an international terminal named after him — while naming the airport Atlanta International Airport?

      I still prefer letters to define the concourses — such as Concourse A — but still…

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