With all that technology does for us, it's amazing to consider that with the exception of the Concorde years, commercial aviation, as a means of transportation, is no faster than it was about 50 years ago. And as a slew of passengers learned yesterday, aircraft and jetways might as well be made out of brick. Somehow, some of our fellow citizens were forced to stay locked inside of immobile steel tubes for upwards of 10 hours at a time. The young, the old -- no food, dwindling water, clogged toilet facilities and no circulating air. In the United States of America in 2007. How many times are we going to allow this to happen? Someone has to answer for this, and if we can put a J-Dam through the dome of the Information Ministry headquarters in downtown Baghdad, we can figure out a way to get some air stairs out to a stranded aircraft and unload the passengers who would gladly walk through a foot of snow and whiteout conditions for the warmth, safety and freedom of the always-welcoming terminal at JFK Airport. The CEO of JetBlue just said on CNBC this afternoon that his airline did a "horrible" job. Hear, hear. We will cover the story of what happened to these passengers yesterday, along with the suffering still going on due to weather.
Also tonight: Baghdad, Afghanistan, and the President. And baldness. If baldness is an issue for you, you are going to want to see what Robert Bazell reports tonight about a device the FDA just approved.
And tonight a very special segment: it's about a wonderful man and his wonderful daughter. As part of our TRADING PLACES series, we get to meet Ann Curry's dad. I've had the pleasure. He is a great guy who has undergone something of a wonderful transformation. I am still overjoyed at the response to this series and the stories people keep sending us. We're excited to air tonight's very personal story. Next week we'll hear from some of you who have responded to this series.