"Did you read or hear anywhere that I was there on Day 3 of the airport's opening, when the luggage operations and trams were not working?" he asks me. No, I did not hear that. "Passengers were directed through tunnels containing some of the finest gold leaf mosaic artistry I have ever seen -- artwork that makes Tanguma's beautiful murals pale by comparison. Thereafter, when the trams began operating, those 'alternate' passageways were closed. Why do you believe airport financiers would spend vast fortunes commissioning art that travelers would nevermore see?"
When I ask Peña if she knows of any secret, underground shelters or shafts, she says, "No, I don't." Montgomery explains why, even if he's asked to, he can't give full tours of the lower levels, which some have postulated to contain command terminals or even a FEMA concentration camp. "Even when we take reporters or TV crews into the secured parts of the building, you just can't take people everywhere. It's either not safe or there's a security reason. So, not matter what, there's always something you can't show somebody. And that doesn't help the case. The airlines lease space from us so they have a lot of office space, workspace, down in the tunnels that is their space, not ours. They pay for it." Montgomery, it should be noted here, has a tough job.