As this post goes out on the newsletter, I will boarding a flight back to New York, after having spent a week in Southern California, where my mother was traveling before she suddenly became too sick to travel. I was lucky to be able to be by her side, during the final hours of her life before she passed away on Wednesday, April 5th. It was an overwhelmingly sad time for myself and for the many members of my large family, who rushed to be with her.
I ran into an absolutely ridiculous snafu yesterday with Virgin America airlines, while attempting to book my flight home. I was surprised when they refunded my just-purchased ticket in full. Now I know why.
The airline industry has been embattled since the rise of the Internet and by post-9/11 security measures. One wonders to what kind of dehumanized, whacked mentality to which industry professionals and security members must have slunk, to result in this beating, bloodying and forcible removal of an alleged “random” passenger on April 10th.