Plane spotters keep their eyes on the sky - LINK "NEW YORK — Most people can't wait to leave the airport once they've reached their destination. Douglas Thompson can barely tear himself away, which explains why Thompson, a visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, was perched happily on a bench in the aptly named Planeview Park one recent afternoon, watching jets roar into the sky from LaGuardia Airport's Runway 4." "...in this age of tight airport security, Planeview Park, which is run by the city, is a blessing to those whose idea of fun is watching planes take off and land in startling proximity. They record their registration numbers, snap pictures of the bellies, and sometimes witness an anomaly: a go-around to avoid another plane on the runway, a rarely seen aircraft carrying a foreign leader, or the worst-case scenario — a crash." Back in the day, my family would head out to LAX - the airport - once in a while and park off the incoming end of the runway to spend an afternoon or evening watching planes land. Some big piston airliners still in the mix in those days, e.g. Lockheed Constellations. Talk about cheap thrills!