I was having a conversation with a friend recently that’s interviewing with Google. He told me that as part of the interview they asked him a couple of seemingly random questions to understand his problem-solving capabilities.
I asked him what his answers were to the questions they asked and he said the answers were irrelevant. One of the questions he was asked related to the world of travel, so I reminded him that nothing in the travel world is really that irrelevant to me. The question was:
How may people do you think travel through SFO airport every day?
Turns out, it wasn’t irrelevant. And, it turns out SFO has an interesting way of counting people. My friend told me that the answer was something like 40MM+ a year. That really didn’t sound right to me, but he was pretty insistent he had found info on SFO’s website asserting that claim (as in, over 30MM people YTD). I recalled the number being much lower.
I double-checked the FAA numbers and, sure enough, SFO was the 7th biggest airport by number of enplanements.
When I showed him those numbers, he pointed me to SFO’s info. Sure enough, they listed over 30MM passengers thus far. But, if you read the footnotes, you’ll see that their count of total passengers includes both enplanements and deplanements. So, a passenger getting off on one plane and onto another counts twice.
I wouldn’t choose to call that “Total Airport Passengers”, but hey.
Google, you may want to pick a different question.