This was travel in 2020: elite business travelers were so rare, Silver Medallions were getting last minute upgrades on board prior to push back:
While most Americans only occasionally left their homes, the pandemic proved a blessing for Kiczenski’s Trump travel plans. She bought cheap airfare, repeatedly basked in the extravagance of an airplane aisle all to herself and logged more flights in 2020 than at any other point in her life. She attended 25 Trump rallies, boosting her total to 56.
She spent 79 nights of the year away from her bed. Kiczenski traveled so often during the pandemic that a Delta flight attendant thanked her for being a Silver Medallion member and upgraded her to first class; she initially assumed it was a mistake.
Newly minted elites during the pandemic, who found it cheaper than ever to traverse the country, also hosted a gathering in Washington, DC on January 6th.
And so it begins.
On a plane from TX —> DC flight attendants are struggling to control a plane full of Trump supporters as they display a pro-Trump projection and harass others passengers bound for DC.
— Maranie R. Staab (@MaranieRae) January 6, 2021
(HT: A semi-regular commenter here who can choose to identify himself, or not.)