Thursday, September 22, 2005


It's one thing to get yourself transformed into a citizen of Toobworld by submitting a video of yourself getting hit in the crotch by a rake to 'America's Funniest Home Videos'.

But imagine sitting there on an airplane and watching TV in real time as your very flight experiences a potentially life-threatening emergency.

Ever since JetBlue first started up in 1999, one of their signature features has been letting their passengers watch TV at their seats. And last night, many of those on board Flight 292 were doing just that when breaking news reports interrupted with the story that their flight had a crippled nose wheel. As they prepared for an emergency landing back at LAX, many of them continued to watch their personal drama unfold on the Toob.

"It became this television show I was inextricably linked to.
It was no longer my situation;
It was broadcast for everyone to see."
Zachary Mastoon, passenger

And after all that they went through, they never even got the chance to meet Harley Random, Heather Locklear's character from 'LAX'!

Pretty strange to see the news bulletins on the East Coast during the season premiere of 'Lost'. Stranger still when a JetBlue blipvert popped up during the show!

Could there have been some stone-hearted network exec (May they be nibbled to death by ducks!) who was bleeped off that it wasn't a plane lost at sea or broken up in mid-flight, rather than a crippled nose wheel?

I'll bet there must have been at least one ABC Suit who wished it had been one of their network's actors on board the flight to get that promotional benefit, rather than Kelly Carlson of 'Nip/Tuck' on FX.

Or would that only happen at TBA - Total Bastard Airlines?

Just sayin', is all......


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