No movies for domestic US Airways flights
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday, July 10th 2008, 6:46 AM
TEMPE, Ariz. - Better bring a book on flights.
US Airways says it will start removing in-flight entertainment systems on domestic flights in November to save about $10 million annually in fuel and other costs.
Spokesman Phil Gee says the movie systems weigh about 500 pounds each, forcing planes to use more fuel to get around the country.
Jet fuel costs have skyrocketed in recent years, slashing profits and leading to thousands of layoffs and flight cuts throughout the industry.
Gee says US Airways will cut the movie systems from about 200 aircraft. But it will keep movies in its widebody aircraft for international flights and trips to Hawaii.
US Airways says it will test a lighter, seat-back TV system later this year.
However, Gee says a new entertainment system is a long way off.
And daasgrrl, as if I haven't caused you enough trauma with that Shatner/Rocket Man clip, look what I found in today's fandomsecrets posting.
Click at your own risk...brain bleach recommended.
"Jackson was appearing on Fox News on July 6 when a microphone picked up his remark suggesting that Obama was ``talking down to black people'' in recent speeches at black churches, according to a tape of the comments played on Bill O'Reilly's show on the Fox News Channel.
He then said, referring to Obama, ``I want to cut his nuts off,'' according to the Fox News Web site. At the time, he was speaking to Reed Tuckson, executive vice president and chief medical officer of United Health Group Inc. "
Full story, if you're interested.
Does anybody ever really think they're "off-mike" in this day and age?
If you've never seen it, I highly recommend a film called "Feed," which is basically NOTHING but various politicians and their spokespeople during the period when they're not actually being interviewed, but the mikes are hooked up and the camera is on. It's from the 1992 campaign, mostly the primaries and it's hysterical.