Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 | The woman walks through San Diego’s airport with purpose in her high heels, her rolling luggage trailing behind. She strides, pauses, smiles as she checks her cell phone.
The small scene unfolds in the Airport Authority’s 2008 annual report, mailed each year to officials throughout the region. The sequence stretches from page 21 to page 22, below a blurb about the airport’s future. The woman looks like a business traveler.
Her name is Elsa Martinez. She’s a model, hired by the Airport Authority to pose for the report. The four hours she worked cost the traveling public $792 — plus another $400 for a makeup artist.