Burbank airport changes name, ditches "Bob Hope"

My favorite airport in America is changing its name to "Hollywood Burbank Airport," removing the name of racist, reactionary old-timey boob Bob Hope, whose name has been judged not to resonate with the modern traveller.

I'm writing this post from gate A5 of Burbank airport!

The reasoning from the authority that runs the airport is that Hope's name wasn't helping to brand the airport with travelers and travel agencies, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

"Bob Hope isn't doing it. The name of the airport — Bob Hope — is just not," Commissioner Don Brown told the Times. "We've been told by our travel agencies here and been told by the airlines that we've got to do something, and the name Bob Hope just doesn't identify with this airport."

Bob Hope's name taken off Burbank airport

(Image: Terminal, Bob Hope Burbank Airport, Joe Wolf, CC-BY-ND)

(via Mitch Wagner)