Today in Air Travel

JetBlue passenger removed after verbally harassing Ivanka Trump:

Two people were removed from a JetBlue plane after one of them began verbally berating Ivanka Trump and her family.

They were flying coach on a JetBlue flight out of JFK when the incident happened.

Senior sources in the Trump Transition tell ABC News that Ivanka Trump and her children were heading to Hawaii for their vacation when the passenger shouted at them. Secret Service assigned to Ms. Trump did not engage the unruly passenger – it was all handled by JetBlue staff. Sources say Ivanka and her children are fine.

According to published reports, the passenger started screaming “Your father is ruining our country…. Why is she on our flight?”

YouTube Prankster Claims He was Kicked off a Plane for Speaking Arabic. Delta’s statement says that they were purposely trying to provoke a reaction.

Saleh is one of those piece of shit prankster YouTubers who loves to say stuff like “it was a social experiment bro” when things go wrong so I’m going to take any allegations made by him with a couple of tubs of salt.

Clinton Beat Trump by 2.9 Million Votes

The votes are finally tallied. He was rage-tweeting about this yesterday:

The other spin is that Trump won if you don’t count California, which is kind of like saying that Trump’s supporters would be intelligent if they weren’t so goddamn idiotic:

Some conservative publications have taken to arguing this week that the President-elect did much better on Election Day than his nearly 3 million-vote deficit suggests—if only certain liberal cities and states were completely discounted from the popular vote total.

By far, the most popular target for wholesale disenfranchisement in these thought experiments is California. Clinton won the state’s popular vote by more than 4.2 million, according to a tally by the Cook Political Report, which is an even larger margin than her nationwide popular vote lead, which was nearly 2.9 million.

The Daily Mail headlined an article which was later featured on the Drudge Report Wednesday: “Final tally shows Trump lost popular vote by 2.8 million – but he BEAT Clinton by 3 million votes outside of California and New York.”

Donald Trump is holding a government casting call. He’s seeking ‘the look.’

This is scary but unsurprising given everything he has said for the last 30 years:

Donald Trump believes that those who aspire to the most visible spots in his administration should not just be able to do the job, but also look the part.

Given Trump’s own background as a master brander and showman who ran beauty pageants as a sideline, it was probably inevitable that he would be looking beyond their résumés for a certain aesthetic in his supporting players.

“Presentation is very important because you’re representing America not only on the national stage but also the international stage, depending on the position,” said Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller.

To lead the Pentagon, Trump chose a rugged combat general, whom he compares to a historic one. At the United Nations, his ambassador will be a poised and elegant Indian American with a compelling immigrant backstory. As secretary of state, Trump tapped a neophyte to international diplomacy, but one whose silvery hair and boardroom bearing project authority.

The parade of potential job-seekers passing a bank of media cameras to board the elevators at Trump Tower has the feel of a casting call. It is no coincidence that a disproportionate share of the names most mentioned for jobs at the upper echelon of the Trump administration are familiar faces to obsessive viewers of cable news — of whom the president-elect is one.

“He likes people who present themselves very well, and he’s very impressed when somebody has a background of being good on television because he thinks it’s a very important medium for public policy,” said Chris Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of Trump. “Don’t forget, he’s a showbiz guy. He was at the pinnacle of showbiz, and he thinks about showbiz. He sees this as a business that relates to the public.”

And we were spared from John Bolton as Sec of State because Trump couldn’t get past the man’s moustache:

Several of Trump’s associates said they thought that John R. Bolton’s brush-like mustache was one of the factors that handicapped the bombastic former United Nations ambassador in the sweepstakes for secretary of state.

“Donald was not going to like that mustache,” said one associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly. “I can’t think of anyone that’s really close to Donald that has a beard that he likes.”