That was Lion whose girlfriend lost someone. I've got friends in PA also but he hasn't mentioned the loss of anyone - I'm sorry for those who lost loved ones. I'm headed to Argentina and then Brazil in about 2 weeks and we'll fly TAM from BA to Sao Paulo. Luckily, we're landing at GRU. I've flown out of the city airport a few times and MrsK7 has flown out of there many times. I dread even driving by there for the reasons that Dale mentioned. Flying in & out is just as bad. TAM's problems are a combination of many factors - some in their control - some not. Growth (huge!), Varig's bankruptcy, maintenance issues, etc. I've flown them a couple of times and the service was great - but it's been a few years. I can't tell you how long its been since a captain stood at the bottom of the stairs to welcome passengers. I think it's cool the way airlines use two sets of steps (front and rear) when the airports don't have gates. Thank goodness it wasn't raining though.