Wow! Most of us made it home safely, even though “Carmageddon” threatened to bring us to a standstill. At least the various media outlets gave us enough warning that we might want to experience an “at-home mini-vacation.”
With the shutdown of the 405 Freeway for an entire weekend, traveling to the west side of the greater Los Angeles basin was absolutely verboten — unless one was to hire a private helicopter to get them there.
Now, if somebody wanted to travel from Burbank to Long Beach (avoiding having to depart or land at LAX on that crunch weekend) JetBlue came up with a clever bit of merchandising by offering flights between the two cities for $4 each way. For heaven sakes, the peanuts that airlines hand out cost more than that. Within three hours of the airline tweeting the offer, all tickets were sold out. I can hardly believe that such a deal was made available. This absolutely must have made some kind of aviation history. I wish I had been on JetBlue’s tweet list; I would have gone to Long Beach just for the heck of it.