Biden: LGA Third-World

Clearly, Vice President Joe Biden believes LaGuardia Airport needs an upgrade.

The second in-command compared the Queens airport to a “third-world country,” while speaking at an event in Pennsylvania last week.

Biden was discussing the country’s infrastructure when LaGuardia came to mind.

“’If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2:00 in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said ‘where do you think you are,’ they’d say, ‘this must be America, it’s a modern airport,’” he said. “But if I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, ‘I must be in some third-world country.’ I’m not joking.”

Although we at QConf would hold off comparing LaGuardia to a third-world country, it is fair to say that it should be in better condition than it is. Obviously we – and the vice president – are not the only ones.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that he would assume responsibility for renovation both LaGuardia and JFK airports.

Hopefully, Biden will then consider the airport part of the industrialized first world.