A cell phone lot at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (Credit: Northwalker via Wikicmedia Commons)

The Rise of the Cell Phone Lot

Not long after the start of the 2000s, a unique blend of technological growth and a push for security enhancements created what one could consider to be the most short-term lot you find at an airport: the cell phone lot. But from simple origins, these lots have blossomed into being a cornerstone of arriving passenger pickup. Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there was a growing demand to limiting traffic in front of terminals, forcing people to look for…