Why don't airports use steam catapults and transverse arrestor cables, like they do on aircraft carriers, for extra short take-off & landing?

1. Airports could be pretty tiny with runways no longer than a football field 2. Takeoff and landing (takeoff especially) would be *much* more exciting 3. Airlines could charge people more money because the experience would be much more fun 4. It would save a lot of fuel with much less taxiing around the... show more 1. Airports could be pretty tiny with runways no longer than a football field
2. Takeoff and landing (takeoff especially) would be *much* more exciting
3. Airlines could charge people more money because the experience would be much more fun
4. It would save a lot of fuel with much less taxiing around the airfield, and much less fuel used during the takeoff phase
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