April 5, 2013
Memphis has international airport, study reveals
Researchers from the University of Tennessee have identified a public airport located just seven miles southeast of the central business district of Memphis. The study, published Thursday, revealed how the apparent hub for Delta Airlines, FedEx Express and SeaPort Airlines would be able to transport passengers from one destination to another, if those would-be passengers knew it existed.
For the new study, researchers Alison Fierer and Keith Schofield became lost while visiting Memphis, only to accidentally drive past the apparent three-terminal airport. The study authors found that a person trying to board an aircraft bound for cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago or Des Moines could in fact do so at this tangible international airport in Memphis, had they been aware of it.
Previous research had shown no one in the continental United States to even have been vaguely aware that such an airport was a part of the space-time continuum.
"Flying domestically or internationally affects up to 42 percent of Americans," said Fierer. "And the number appears to be increasing. Many of those Americans could use an airport in a large metropolitan city like Memphis, if they just knew that it was a thing that existed in reality. This could really be a game changer for a lot of people."
In the study of the single corporeal airport, the research team found that airlines including AirTran Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, United Express and US Airways made use of the runways adjacent to the facility for the purposes of taking off and landing aircraft.
"This study suggests that a person could purchase a ticket to one of several destinations, stand in a security line behind a person who still hasn't heard about the three ounce rule and then squeeze into a tiny chair for several hours while an overweight man reclines onto your lap," explained Schofield. "And that person could do all of this from Memphis. As a scientist, I've never been more excited to be alive."
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