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  1. I don’t really get your point about John Kerry. It’s not like the government has a massive fleet of random intercontinental passenger aircraft sitting around and they’re choosing to shaft Kerry. There are a couple of 747s, a half dozen 757s, some 737s, and a few business jets.

    Keep in mind that this is not a commercial 757 we’re talking about. It’s a C-32A military transport with various upgrades including extra 2,000 miles of range and the ability to refuel in mid-flight. That sounds perfectly adequate for a short trip to Vienna, even in winter.

    You can argue the government needs to update its fleet, but no one wants to budget for new planes with the economy still recovering, particularly in an election year. Perhaps the government could tax miles and use the proceeds to buy new planes!

  2. On business trips to NYC, I used to have breakfast at a counter place that would hand you two blank receipts when you paid your tab. Every time, without asking.

    By the way, it’s not cheating, it’s stealing.

  3. Eh, the lav is more spacious than Y. I’d be ok with that if it wasn’t too dirty and I had some mags or tablet.

  4. “John Kerry Forced to Fly Commercial”

    Wait, this is the same John Kerry that says that “Global Whatever” (insert the current nonsense word) is a bigger threat to the US than Islamo-Fascist Terrorism. And he is “forced” to fly a commercial plane instead of flying a virtually empty government plane. Meaning his “Carbon Footprint”, for at least one day, just got drastically reduced. And that’s supposed to be a bad thing?

    As Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit says: “I’ll believe global warming is a crisis when the people telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it is a crisis.”

  5. Tried the new United status site. Must be a beta version because it only had gobbledygook where the info should be

  6. The US-EU open skies agreement has a provision that makes EU-carrier flights compatible with Fly America, no codeshare required (except for DoD business, but that’s not Kerry’s department).

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