John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID: JFK) is an international airport located in Queens County, New York in southeastern New York City about 12 miles (19 km) from Lower Manhattan. It is the top international air passenger gateway to theUnited States and is also the leading freight gateway to the country by value of shipments. The airport is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the two other major airports in the New York metropolitan area, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia. JFK airport is the base of operations for JetBlue Airways and is also a major international gateway hub for Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Ninety airlines operate out of JFK. The airport is named after John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.
In popular culture
As one of the major international gateways in the United States, JFK possesses a high profile in popular culture. The British Invasion began with the arrival of The Beatles at JFK in 1964, who held their first American press conference at the airport.
Notorious B.I.G. references the airport's code name in the song "Going Back to Cali." The theme song of the 1960s comedy TV series Car 54, Where Are You? contained a line reading: "There's a scout troop short a child, [Nikita] Khrushchev's due at Idlewild," referencing the airport's previous name, Idlewild. In his one-man show Red diaper baby, Josh Kornbluth's eccentric communist father insists on referring to JFK as the "Bay of Pigs Memorial Airport". JFK is also mentioned in the U2 song, "Angel of Harlem", as well as the song "The City" by Joe Purdy. In the Simpsons episode $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" Mr. Burns builds the 'Spruce Moose' a parody of Howard Hughes's 'Spruce Goose' airplane, which he claims will fly from New York's Idlewild Airport to the Belgian Congo in seventeen minutes. A futuristic version of JFK was featured in The Fifth Element. In I Love Lucy, Lucy misses the USS Constitution bound for Europe and is forced to take a helicopter out of Idlewild Airport. Idlewild Airport was also mentioned in a "Twilight Zone" episode in which a plane en route to Idlewild travels through time.
Many films have used JFK as a setting:
- Live and Let Die (1973) depicts James Bond arriving at JFK on a Pan Am 747.
- Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
- Zombi 2 (1979)
- Moonstruck (1987)
- Three Men and a Baby (1987)
- Big Business (1988)
- Coming to America (1988)
- Bonfire of the Vanities (1989) shows a complicated shot of Concorde landing here, documented in the book The Devil's Candy.
- Goodfellas (1990) depicts the 1967 Air France Robbery and 1978 Lufthansa heist that are both unsolved major robberies conducted at the airport.
- Quick Change (1990)
- The Wedding Banquet (1993)
- Turbulence (1997)
- Final Destination (2000)
- Catch Me If You Can (2002) features scenes of JFK during the 1960s, including several scenes filmed in the original TWA Flight Center (old Terminal 5).
- Kangaroo Jack (2003) (cameo appearance)
- Anger Management (2003) (Featured Pakistan International Airlines 747 in background)
- The Terminal (2004) was set at JFK airport, but interior scenes were filmed on mock terminal movie sets, while exterior scenes were filmed at Mirabel International Airport in Montreal.
- Taxi (2004)
- White Chicks (2004)
- Friends (2004) (series finale)
- School for Scoundrels (2006)
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) depicts the title character arriving at JFK.
- Build It Bigger (2007)
- Bee Movie (2007) shows a plane carrying roses landing at Terminal 4.
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- The Visitor (2008)
- Brüno (2009) features the American Airlines baggage claim in Terminal 8.
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