Airport Versus FAA
Apparently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is operating under a different set of fiscal rules than the FAA. The FAA objected when the management of Gerald R. Ford International Airport, in Grand Rapids, Mich., doubled their rent after a 10-year lease expired back in September 2002. The airport wanted the FAA to pay $50 per square foot for its 3,000 square feet of prime terminal space, which the airport said was the going rate. After two years of stalemate, the FAA has agreed to pay $274,000 in back rent, after the airport threatened to sue, the Grand Rapids Press reported on Thursday. The FAA will vacate the premises ... which now will be rented to the TSA, which had no problem with the rental rate. The FAA had used the space for employee breaks and training. So where do they go now? "We'll squeeze" into the control tower, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro told the Press.