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. 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.

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  2. 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.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/12/lax-private-terminal-rich-people-celebrities

    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.

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

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      1. 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. 🙂

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        1. I recently read in the news that Apple’s CEO is now forbidden to travel commercial for ‘security reasons’. That has to be some kind of sign, right? That the super rich don’t even feel safe in the confines of an airport, a place where you can’t even bring a bottle of fucking shampoo.

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          1. If there’s ever a class war it’ll start on a plane. It has nothing to do with having airport security on your side.

            Let’s make most seats more uncomfortable so people paying the most can recline all the way!

            Tim Cook probably hires Blackwater/Academi now for security. Could you imagine? He might be confronted by journalists/employees/ protesters/that pissed off lady at the Apple Store!

            Or you know, get yelled at by people that your dad is ruining the country!

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            1. There’s now this new custom that even when you have a ticket, you can’t get the boarding pass without paying extra at the time of mobile boarding. It’s ridiculous.

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              1. 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?

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              2. Buses take forever and you are just as likely to get stuck. Trains are hugely expensive and also take forever. As for driving, I only learned to drive three years ago. I could drive to NYC in a life and death situation but other than that, absolutely not. Besides, my car is very used and might fall apart in the process.

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  3. 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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