Those excited about the floating-stage part of the Kennedy Center’s expansion plan [“Worthy of the Kennedy name,” editorial, Feb. 3] should consider previous experience trying to hear over the sound of planes landing at Reagan National Airport.

When I was young, the Watergate steps leading from the Lincoln Memorial down almost to the Potomac riverbank were a wonderful site for free summertime concerts by the military bands. Eventually, increased airplane noise drowned out the concerts.

Those steps are not far from where the floating stage would be. Even with a powerful speaker system, it’s hard to see how performances would not be significantly degraded by low-flying planes passing by every few minutes.

Rebecca Leet, Arlington