Airspace Scam

James Fallows honors Thanksgiving with a comprehensive debunking of the notion that the Bush administration's decision to open military airspace in the northeast corridor this weekend is some kind of boon to NYC-area air travelers. In fact, as he points out, this changes nothing -- restricted airspace was never the cause of any congestion, so opening it doesn't solve anything. The New York Times's editorial page was, however, taken in, so I guess that's mission accomplished for the White House.