I spent all yesterday traveling from Houston – I was there for a relative’s wedding – and while I don’t ordinarily mind sitting in airports, I do mind when they have televisions blaring. And that is what both Houston’s Hobby airport and Atlanta’s airport had. Even worse was that they didn’t have cartoons or sports or the weather on, but instead had on news stations that featured a certain political event. This went on for hours. As far as I could tell, no one was watching, though we were all forced to listen. At some point, I found some relative peace and quiet in a seat far from the television that had two couples near me with very young children. Yup, the potential for crying babies seemed better to me than having to listen to a television.
I thought that in this era of cell phones, people didn’t really need a television near them at all times since they could watch pretty much whatever they wanted on a phone anyway. So, why are these contraptions still in airports? Do they think no one likes to read? Do they think that anyone who isn’t reading wants to watch nothing but the news? Do they think any children who happen to be flying want to watch that stuff? I almost never watch the news. (As a result, I have no idea why liberals and leftists hate Fox News.) I prefer reading newspapers since, if I’m not interested in an item, I simply skip it. My parents watched the late evening news every night from the time I was a small child in the 1950s right up to their deaths. (Oddly enough, they never watched any morning news shows, nor the early evening national news shows.) They also subscribed to newspapers, for which I am thankful, but I just never figured out why they were so obsessed with watching the news.
By the way, the Columbus airport, which I finally reached about 8:30 at night, doesn’t have any televisions at any of the gates, and I’m pretty sure there are other airports that don’t have them either.