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Dumb Question

I have a dumb question. Do famous people take the same airlines everybody else does? Because I could swear I saw Lawrence O’Donnell at the JFK on Friday. It wasn’t just the look but also the very recognizable voice. This fellow looked older and more tired than the one on TV but that makes sense given the heavy makeup TV newscasters get. 


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12 thoughts on “Dumb Question

  1. The Dark Avenger on said:

    No, there is a secret airline company called Fly Us Always that caters to celebrities. They had an article about it in the New York Times last year.


  2. Stringer bell on said:

    Depends on how rich these famous people are. I don’t think an MSNBC anchor is rich enough to take a chartered flight on his own dime.

    LAX has a separate terminal for private flights where the rich won’t have to share the same space as the riff-raff. First class is just not exclusive enough.

    But my eye was taken by an iPad that sat on a counter at the entrance, with a typed little note: “Here is a glimpse of what you’re missing over at the main terminal right now.”

    The screen linked to videos of travelers looking harassed and being swallowed into pushing, shoving paparazzi scrums – routine hazards for the 80 million people who pass through LAX each year.

    He wasn’t wrong. The $22m facility, the first of its kind in the US, opens on Monday, giving the 1% a whole new way to separate themselves from everyone else’s reality.


    • Stringer bell on said:

      Just checked. A private jet from LAX to JFK starts at about $40,000. Yeah, Larry’s flying commercial (first-class/business class, though).


      • In Russia or in the UK there’s a separate little airfield for them. And in Russia, a well-known journalist always has a rich mecenas who’d take him around on his jet.

        It’s good that people like O’Donnell at least get to see the proletariat every once in a while. 🙂


  3. Shakti on said:

    Why do people still fly when it’s so obvious what a total racket it’s become over the years?
    Intercontinental I can see as “being no choice”. But domestic?

    1)The United States is a large country.
    2) Most people do not have the vacation time necessary to drive cross country.
    3)People are increasingly dispersed. Yes, I could drive to my hometown — but it would take me at least two days and an oil change. At this time of year I’d need snow tires too.
    4)You live within 300 miles of everyone important to you.

    The airport is emblematic of the way the nonfluid attempt to punish those with more fluidity than they possess.


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