If everyone went and lived somewhere else there would be no reason to have an airport here.I live under the FAFs for the 16s at SEATAC, so cry me a river. You don't like airplanes, go live somewhere else.
However, if they unilaterally started adding more and more flights with new approach vectors and departure paths it could seriously screw up my sleep schedule, which in turn could screw up my job, which you had better believe is every bit as important to me as your job is to you.
I suppose he lived there long before they built that noisy airport nearby...
If we take the "who was there first" point to its logical conclusion NIMBY's might be able to shut down virtually any airport simply by soliciting some farmers coop or Indian tribe to make a complaint on their behalf. If the airport has a tolerable level of noise when you move there, and makes an intolerable change to the amount of noise decades later, is that not something worthy of being challenged?
Are we seriously comparing Seattle with New York and Los Angeles? SEA already refers to Seattle-Tacoma International specifically and changing a major airport code for everyone just to rope in Paine Field for a tiny minority of travelers makes no sense whatsoever.
I suspect PAE will be folded into the SEA airport code for "all area airports" in the same way that LGB/BUR/SNA are included in LAX searches, and ISP/HPN are included in NYC searches, etc. (This varies by booking engine, of course.) The larger point is that the target audience for these flights will most certainly know how to search for them, and unsuspecting folks may be pleasantly surprised to find it as an option when they type in Seattle. (Or rudely surprised, if they book it by accident.)
You do have somewhat of a valid point...if a drastic change occurred in the noise/activity level of a nearby airport.
On the other hand, if you knowingly moved in near an existing airport, you should have been cognizant of the strong possibility that over time, the level of traffic, be it air or highway, would increase with growth and development.
Personal note...I live just three miles from LGA, under the "Expressway Approach" to Runway 31. Even though there is a vast increase in air traffic since we moved in back in the 50's, the sound level is much quieter now, thanks to modern high bypass fanjets, compared to the window-rattling turbojets of yesteryear.
Having air-conditioning, with windows shut helps too...