I can't understand why they'd see that as being a problem. A person can learn a lot about a country by sitting in an airline terminal for an hour or two. Certainly such an experience provides one with what one needs to be the Leader of the Free World.
I know this from my own experience. I learned everything I need to know about Georgia during a two-hour layover I had at the Atlanta Airport in '93. I didn't need to go out into the devastated countryside to see that:
- an islamunistofascist dirty-bomb attack forced the citizenry to live their lives sealed in large buildings.
- the only form of travel between these buildings is a small hermetically sealed subway train.
- food shortages have pushed the cost of hot dogs cost to eight dollars and nachos, seven.
- at least five percent of the state's economy is based on the sale of shot glasses emblazoned with the words, "Georgia," on one side and the phrase, "Really love your peaches want to shake your tree," on the other.
- and that the Georgia Tourism Board is doomed until it finally deals with its luggage-eating mutant problem.