The Riskiest Way to Ask Out a Flight Attendant

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  1. Regarding the Delta CEO that seems like a completely fine explanation. Unfortunately it is risky in this scenario. He might need to book a board meeting at a Trump hotel to make up for it.

  2. Good reporting on the Bastian absence. Bastian made a bad decision, which I’m sure he now regrets. I have great sympathy for scheduled vacation, but as CEO of an S&P 500 he could have — and should have — adjusted his vacation plans. You don’t get an audience with the President on an important issue affecting your company very often. Obviously, Trump was annoyed by Bastian’s absence. It didn’t help his cause. Your free flights to the Maldives are safe for awhile.

  3. I’m laughing at the bat video because you can plainly see some guy sleeping through it all with his mouth open…

  4. Yes Trump is President. And it means something to meet with the President. However, why put anything on hold just to attend a mtg that will have NO results? If the answer was contact DOT then why even bother meeting with the President? I don’t fault Mr Bastian for not attending…

  5. Congrats on being a Forbes contributor. As a market analyst with a daily blog / report of my own; I appreciate the work you do in assessing and compiling airline industry developments. I also concur that nothing would have been achieved by Ed Bastian’s attendance; other than the political inference that doesn’t totally vanish by his absence (such as sending the family ahead and taking later flight; it is not like he’d not be allowed to change flights without an extra fee 🙂 )… keep up the good work!

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