Biden says NY airport like a 'Third World country'

Biden says NY airport like a 'Third World country'

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the National Action Network's annual King Day Breakfast, at The Mayflower Hotel, January 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 2:35 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says New York's LaGuardia Airport could use some major improvements — and that's putting it mildly.

Biden says if he blindfolded someone and took him to LaGuardia he'd think he was in "some Third World country."

Biden made the comment as part of a comparison with the Hong Kong airport. He says Hong Kong has the type of modern facility travelers would expect to see in the United States.

His remarks came during an event Thursday in Philadelphia in which he stressed the need for infrastructure improvement.

Biden focused on Amtrak, which just unveiled a new electric locomotive. But he says the nation's ports and airports also need upgrading.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates LaGuardia. It says it's investing $3.6 billion to build a new central terminal building.

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