Another interesting mention in the article I referenced on March 29, 2010 creates a good visual understanding of what's going on with the hurling of a 500 ton metal mass into the sky:
Finally, consider a remark made by a Boeing physicist that the pollution levels from one 747 take-off are somewhat similar to setting the local gas station on fire and flying it over your head.
Folks that live near airports are rightly concerned for their health and safety. Us folks in rural areas suffer the same levels of pollution over larger areas with thousands of jets flying over nearly every square inch of America.
No where to run anymore.