11.20.2007

Stop It Already

I don't know if every reporter in the nation has taken the week off, by it seems every media outlet leads off with the very shocking news that airports will be busy over the Thanksgiving holidays. The Today Show even went so far as to have Meredith Vieira broadcasting from the tarmac at the Atlanta airport this morning.

And I wonder what the lead story will be on Friday which is allegedly the busiest something of the year? What are the odds of having a reporter at a mall or the news helicopter hovering over a mall parking lot?

6 comments:

Crud Bonemeal said...

It would be big news if travel was easy around the holidays. Perhaps our generous government can funnel more tax money (coerced from actual working people) into the pockets of the CEO's and Directors of some of the major airlines. Guess what boys and girls, it's not a free market economy when the government charitably, but immorally, gives away tax money meant for running the government and keeping our military strong to protect us.

the spelling nazi said...

I hate to be picky (not really, hence my name), but you hit on one of my newer pet peeves here: the use of the word "tarmac" to refer to what is actually called the "ramp" or "apron" at an airport. "Tarmac" is actually what most airport ramps used to be made of (now they are mostly concrete) and is a shortened version of "Tarmacadam"

From Wikipedia (not the most reliable source, but hey, look where I'm posting it...): "...many people use the word to refer to generic paved areas at airports, especially the airport ramp or "apron", near the terminals despite the fact that many of these areas are in fact made of concrete. This term seems to have been popularized when it became part of the news lexicon following live coverage of the Entebbe hijacking in 1976, where "Tarmac" was frequently used by the on-scene BBC reporter in describing the hijack scene."

I never knew this until a few years ago and I thought it was one of those interesting words that people use but don't really know what it means.

Collectionsite said...

So I hear ....

This coming Wednesday at American Airlines there will be a "No Overtime" Ban on the flight line.

Thank American Airlines Upper Management preemptive contract extension "Slap in the face".

Also we use the word "Ramp" not Tarmac

Anonymous said...

LOL!! Yea right collectionsite! The same OT scabs that worked when their brothers were furloughed or relocated after 9-11 will be on the list again.

Anonymous said...

Just another example of how inane our "free press" have become. They wouldn't know a real story if it hit them in the face.

Anonymous said...

TV "news" covers these same "stories" every year. Gotta have some reporter on the scene yakking to a camera saying the same old thing. What a waste of airtime!