A Great Day to Be a Couch Potato
April 9, 2008 1:32 PM
One of the biggest stories on cable news networks today was American Airlines’ grounding of 1,000 flights, which stemmed from an FAA mandate demanding inspection of the airline’s workhorse fleet, the MD-80.
The problem and the news coverage ramped up during the day. The footage of stranded passengers at airports, scrambling to make other plans, was a scene many of us have been part of ourselves.
And for once this couch potato was just a voyeur and not a participant.
The trouble began Tuesday afternoon when American grounded 460 flights. By this morning, that number grew to 800 canceled flights and by 1 p.m. the number of grounded flights escalated to more than 1,000.
If you missed the story and plan to fly American tomorrow, consider bagging your plans, as the delays are expected to expand into Thursday.
Or should you? I often wonder if cable news nets over-hype stories like this or actually provide solid service journalism.
I ask because last Thanksgiving, we drove to Chicago rather than fly, our decision based largely on countless news stories predicting very bad weather that would cripple O’Hare Airport.
Guess what? It wasn’t at all.