When the tsunami struck Southeast Asia in late December 2004, personnel at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, had no idea that a wave of a different sort was about to hit: 7,000 metric tons of donated supplies. Under the relentless influx of freight pouring in from around the world, the airport would have ground to a halt within days – and an already-high death toll would have risen even more sharply had it not been for the swift deployment of the newly formed Airpor…

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