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Entry from August 08, 2021
LaGarbage (LaGuardia Airport nickname)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport was built on landfill. Pilots have called the airport “LaGarbage” for this and for other reasons.

“Serious airport problems are by no means confined to LaGarbage, as some pilots call the field built on refuse” was printed in the New York (NY) Times on July 10, 1988. “Another popular field is New York City’s La Guardia.  ‘La Garbage,’ as we call it” was printed in the book Unfriendly Skies: Revelations of a Deregulated Airline Pilot (1989) by Captain X (Brian Power-Waters) and Reynolds Dodson. ”lagarbage Another name for LaGuardia airport in New York. A trashy delay infested place” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on December 10, 2006.

Another LaGuardia Airport nickname is “Bus Station of Airports.”


Wikipedia: LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) /ləˈɡwɑːrdiə/ is a domestic airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. Covering 680 acres (280 ha), the airport is the third busiest airport serving New York City, after JFK and Newark airports, and the twentieth busiest in the United States. The airport adopted its current name in 1953 for Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York City when the airport was built. LGA is a hub for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

10 July 1988, New York (NY) Times, “The Region: Airport Gridlock; ‘Plane City’ Grows, With No End in Sight And No Room to Move” by Andrew H. Malcolm, pg. E6, col. 1: 
Serious airport problems are by no means confined to LaGarbage, as some pilots call the field built on refuse.

Google Books
Unfriendly Skies:
Revelations of a Deregulated Airline Pilot

By Captain X (Brian Power-Waters) and Reynolds Dodson
New York, NY: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
1989
Pg. 200:
Another popular field is New York City’s La Guardia.  “La Garbage,” as we call it.

18 February 1990, Newsday (Long Island, NY), pg. 10:
WHY THEY CALL IT LaGarbage
By Reynolds Dodson

Google Books
INDY
By Bob Judd
Naples, FL: Speaking Volumes
1990 (2017)
Pg. ?:
Up close the pilots call La Guardia ‘La Garbage’ for the sinkholes in runways built fifty years ago on New York City refuse.

Newspapers.com
29 March 1992, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Area’s major airports cited for hazards” by William Bunch, pg. 5, col. 1:
In 1989, a commercial pilot calling himself “Captain X” co-authored a book about airline safety that had some harsh words for LaGuardia Airport.

The pilot called the Queens airport “La Garbage.”

Google Books
26 September 1994, New York magazine, “No Room for a Mistake” by William J. McGee, pg. 30, col. 1:
And while it’s true all three planes were flown by crash-plaqued USAir, local aviation professionals say the latter two had something more important in common: La Guardia — or, as the converted landfill is known in the business, “La Garbage.”

Urban Dictionary
lagarbage
Another name for LaGuardia airport in New York. A trashy delay infested place.
“I’m going to LaGarbage today, I’ll probably be delayed for the whole week”
by Some annoyed traveller December 10, 2006

Twitter
jennbarnett
@jennbarnett
I have landed at lagarbage...I mean laguardia...the old familiar smells of the city wafting through the terminal.
12:19 PM · Oct 16, 2008·Twitter SMS

Twitter
James Godman Studio@James_Godman·Dec 22, 2011
Replying to @SaraJoRomero
@sarajoromero That’s why my friend calls LaGuardia “LaGarbage” (well that, and that its built on a garbage dump). #LaGarbage

Twitter
Flight Attendant
@Toughmutter
Welcome to LaGarbage aka LaGuardia #crewlife
9:00 PM · Jun 1, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
ashley phillips
@ashinthewindy
I’m pretty sure our pilot just called LaGuardia “LaGarbage.”
6:57 AM · Apr 9, 2018 from Chicago, IL·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
lena
@rainuntold
“The nickname for LaGuardia in the industry is LaGarbage” WHY IS THAT SO FUNNY TO ME
11:07 PM · Jul 7, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Omania
@Omaniamania
Fun fact: The Jets got their name because their stadium is close to LaGuardia airport, which is known by pilots as “LaGarbage.” That’s very fitting. I feel really bad for all of those poor fans in the video.
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New York Jets
@nyjets
· May 12
Back to gameday.
Back to traditions.
Back to New York Jets football.
The 2021 schedule is here. It’s time to get back to being together.
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12:28 AM · May 13, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
شنشون
@humanprovince
Apparently the flight attendants refer to LaGuardia as LaGarbage and do their best to avoid it.
5:01 PM · Jul 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Sunday, August 08, 2021 • Permalink