The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is finally giving its waiting areas a plugged-in makeover. Everyone say, “ah!”
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is replacing the airport’s 2,322 seats at a cost of $1.3 million, with scheduled completion by March 31.
Anyone who has served time on the nearly 20-year-old seats while waiting, sometimes interminably, for a flight understands the significance of the announcement.
The new seats will be plush compared to the hardy (some would say just hard) gray seats lined up in the airport waiting areas. The replacements will feature cup holders and access to power for charging cellphones and laptops.
You will be able to relax, power up and watch a movie or play a video game. Just don’t forget to catch the plane.
OK, maybe we’re fueling the Donald Trump publicity machine, as one member of Britain’s Parliament put it when chiding his colleagues for holding a heated debate about whether to ban the billionaire from the country.
Even though the likelihood of a ban is, well, low, MPs talked it out anyway. And, oh, was it cathartic! It involved calling Trump all sorts of names, although only mildly insulting by his standards.
The debate stemmed from Trump’s call to ban Muslims from the United States. That suggestion triggered a public petition in Britain that received more than 576,000 signatures, more than five times the number required to send the issue for debate in Parliament.
Trump’s camp labeled the debate “ridiculous” and “absurd.” In the end Parliament did not ban Trump, and he probably picked up a little more attention for his golf course and resort in Scotland.
We appear to have a new planet in our solar system – or a newly discovered one, anyway – and already it’s causing the kooks to come out of the woodwork. “Planet 9” (which Pluto was until it was demoted) has not been seen but it has been inferred by the behavior of other celestial bodies.
The theory is that Planet 9 orbits the sun far beyond Pluto – far enough that it requires 20,000 Earth years to complete its journey – and is up to 10 times the size of Earth.
But already, there are suggestions that the news validates a crackpot idea that a hidden planet would someday be discovered and would, somehow or other, cause the destruction of our own planet.
No matter. What is important now is to give the planet a real name and a suitable leader. Because it is presumably a rock covered in ice, we propose naming it Buffalo and recommend as its first potentate American game show host Donald Trump. Just nobody look behind the curtain.