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Airport chapels more popular since 11 September

Airport chapels in the US have seen more traffic since 11 September, but security measures put in place since the terrorist atrocities ironically have made it more difficult for travelers to spend time in them.

Fr John Jamnicky, coordinator of ministry to travellers for the US Bishops' Conference, said that since chapels are placed one side or the other of security checkpoints, many travellers can't get to them. If the chapel is on the public side of the airport terminal, then passengers who rush through security and have free time before their flights cannot spend that time in a chapel.

Fr Jamnicky said there are 135 airport chapels around the world. Often they began as Catholic chapels serving Catholic travelers and airport workers, but they have expanded to serve all religions.

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4 Jun 2002