Delta Fixes, Sunday Liquor Sales, and Is Fox News Mainstream?

On my mind: I was enjoying pre-dawn Shanghai, then saw the news that the fear and impotence President is again mucking around with travel. This ban on carry-on electronics on 13 as not fully confirmed airlines impacts any US citizens flying those airlines, along with any other passengers. Many airlines do not allow lithium batteries in checked luggage for safety reasons. Cue more unnecessary tumult, confusion, and soft power damage. Many questions unanswered.





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  • Wow, lots of random topics in this post. By the way I enjoyed your visit to Dots Lines and Destinations podcast recently.
    A couple items, There must be solid Intel that there is a creditable threat involving electronics and likely explosives. I’m not sure how this will help if the same items are in the hold but at least someone is trying to protect aircraft. It must be serious enough to outweigh the lithium battery concerns (which is bad). For folks to just assume that Trump doesn’t like laptops or whatever is short sighted. I say this as a person that deals with risk management involving corporations, aviation and public entities on a daily basis.
    As far as Fox News is concerned. I’m not sure you would include them in the “Main Stream Media” as defined by Conservatives. Basically “Main Stream Media” refers to the old guard news outfits. Fox is still working the underdog angle. Fox News is actually the number 1 cable channel in terms on viewers and made huge gains in 2016. I would imagine it could slip in 2017 a little with less election news. Fox News actually has a larger audience than CNN and MSNBC combined if that tells us anything. Fox News isn’t part of the news media they drive the news media. To me they are part of the Media Establishment. I’m sure you and I would disagree as I lean very conservative but I’m not the biggest fan of Foxnews. They used to be better but they have gone down the cotton candy road of morning shows with little news. It’s the same thing that is wrong with The Weather Channel, Headline News and heck even MTV. They should stick with that makes them special. I’m sure they are too tempted by money and demographics. I assume that is why we see little Travel on The Travel Channel.

  • The idea of these wraps is to be what interests me, from travel to the wide world. Glad you enjoy the. I usually try to do even Mon-Fri though lately has been hectic and blogging has taken a back seat.

    I cut the cord some years ago. I do remember when CNN Headline News had news.

    It is hard to take any claims by Trump and his administration with seriousness, not that they attempt to justify most of them with anything more than gesticulation and innuendo. That it is as plausible as a protectionist sop to US airlines, or as a misdirection to distract from something else, or just to whip up fear, is a reflection of what we have in our highest office. If it is something like liquids where the whole world (over)reacted and had blanket enforcement I could see it as more likely credible for safety reasons than only targeting specific airlines and, so far, not other airlines operating out of the same countries. Why would it not apply to all airlines if it is legit?