One thing that I would note is the connection with No Smoking. Gamblers and bar-flys tend to be smokers. The boats have virtually banned smoking inside and gaming is done inside.
At the airports, I am sure gaming is successful. I have played on the slots at Vegas airport to kill time. But that is where I wonder if the time killing factor will mean even more delays and mess-ups at the airports. I am sure that all of you have noticed that since 9/11, flying has become ever more stressful an activity. After the boats, I worked at Manchester Airport and I dealt with many stressed-out people and Manchester, NH airport is one of the best airports in the country. However, working on a boat that is only going 7 MPH on a really good day taught me patience.
You are right about your assessments so far about the revolving door of crew and breakdowns. But I am not sure the company is considering all that in its success measurements. Remember, DN is a huge corporation with lots staff in lots of places. The AQ experiment was to attract younger crowds and broaden the market and it has been doing that fairly successfully. What makes me nervous (besides the gaming) is the intent going to be to keep both the AQ and MQ on the lower Mississippi?
Also, whichever pilot who posted in the past about the weight of gaming machines versus people made the most sense to me about why there should not be gaming on the boats. However, with today's computer technology, the machines would probably all be with electronic card swipes. So, my question now is, can the boats handle the increased demand for electricity? Also card swipe technology and ATMs rely on phone line technology, so what happens when you don't have a signal?