Overheard: $4 flights? Not bad, JetBlue
JetBlue offered $4 flights for this weekend's "Carmageddon."
July 14th, 2011
04:46 PM ET

Overheard: $4 flights? Not bad, JetBlue

Comment of the day:

“JetBlue is my new favorite airline”— AMGftw

 Jet blue offers solution to ‘Carmageddon’

On Wednesday, JetBlue offered a $4 flight special to those affected by this Saturday’s Interstate 405 closure in Los Angeles. The special allows customers to take the airline’s shortest flight ever—a 10-minute trip between the Burbank and Long Beach airports to escape traffic. It is estimated that more than 500,000 cars travel on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles each weekend. Three hours after the announcement, JetBlue announced that all $4 flights were sold out.

CNN.com readers were thrilled by the proactive approach the airline took to help out during the interstate closure (referred to by many as ‘Carmageddon’).

D3adpool  said, “Total travel with airport security and boarding, talking maybe 45 min.  Way faster than the 405, and that's when it's not closed down!”

PSAguy agreed. “That 405 is ridiculous.  What a way to live.  There is no ocean or climate worth that stress!!”

cameron2k asked, “Wouldn't it take longer to go through the airport hassle, plus 40-minute flight, than take the freeway?”

Despite the potential for minor airport delays, JustTroy  responded that the special is still a good idea:

“Yes, there's a wait for TSA, but it doesn't compare to the wait you'd have if you tried to drive it. A shuttle company said they 'hope' to make the drive in four hours.”

Lightnup said, “Kudos. I think this is a great service JetBlue is giving us SoCal residents who wish to avoid this weekend's absolute gridlock.”

Video triggers mistrial in Clemens perjury case

The perjury trial of Roger Clemens ended in a mistrial Thursday after the prosecution showed a video the judge ruled was inadmissible. Clemens, a former baseball player and all-star, is accused of perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements about his alleged use of steroids.  CNN.com readers felt the tax dollars spent on Clemens’ trial should be used for other things.

Nodule said:

"Have you ever thrown a fastball at  98 mph without using steroids?"
"Yes."
"Good enough for me!  I'm getting paid so let's just have us a mistrial!"

Lollygagger said, “WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY!!!   Who cares if he juiced or lied about juicing, is it really worth all the cost?”

RaTzAss said, "Seriously, there are bigger fish to fry. Forget this steroids crap and let the individual leagues in all sports police it themselves. Move on Congress!!"

LedRobster said, “Sweet, and I was worried that my tax dollars were being wasted.”

Guest said, “Just another case of poor prosecution with flimsy evidence. The feds should not even be meddling in baseball. There are a lot of more important things for the feds to do. Clinton lied to them and nothing happened.”

Tech elite struggling to define Google+

Is it a Twitter-assassin, a Facebook-killer or somewhere in between? Although several theories have been offered about what to make of Google+, the tech elite haven’t quite defined it yet. CNN.com readers used the comments section to sound off about how they are using the world's newest social network.

ii2bcnii said, "It seems similar to Google Wave, with circles.  The profile reminds me a lot of the FB profile.  I have difficultly finding people to invite or add."

LeeVA offered a suggestion, "I would call G+ Stream items "Casts," as in "casting a line in the stream."

TomAyles said, "So far, so good.  I like a lot about it - mostly the same things others have mentioned, like circles.  Some things still need some work, like sparks.  It would be nice to also see some Google reader integration the way they've already integrated buzz."

wstrnprd said, "So far I like what Google+ has to offer.  I find the 'hangouts' a very nice feature, as I have many friends/family spread across the country and this allows a quicker, simpler way for me to connect with them."

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. HRH banasy

    I've never even *heard* of Google +.

    I've got nothing.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pedro

    this is just racist. you grinngos make me sick. first you eat all our beans and now this ! i am disgusted !

    July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      "¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yiii-hah! "

      Tell 'em Pedro!

      I love Speedy Gonzales!

      July 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NANCY

    ME TOO ! You idiotz should be discussing the Athony Trial. What do you think of the outcome ?

    July 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NANCY

    INQUIRING minds want to know ! Is Caysee Anthony really bigfoot ? Did baby Caylee abscond to Madigascar with 20 million dollars ? Is it true treebark is natures erfect food ? Find out tonight !

    July 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Skippy

    Yeah, Skippy!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CESAR

    NUKE ISLAM INTO TINY PARTICLES

    July 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. larry

    What they failed to mention was the outrageous price you'll have to pay to rent a car once you reach your destination though.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @fake Cesar: Shut up stupid.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 10 four

    yeah ! ten 4 good buddy.

    July 15, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. finchsosa

    I'm amused. Two months ago we were told to stay home, don't come anywhere near this area, etc.! Then the local businesses freaked out about losing customers for a weekend, and the message morphed into, "Stay local, go out and spend money, but use public transportation." *yawn* As a functioning, reasonable adult, I'm perfectly capable of figuring out how to spend a weekend, thanks very much, L.A. officials! http://bit.ly/nkzkL9

    July 15, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Aren't people At All curious how an airline can offer fares lower than the price of gasoline?! What has JetBlue done away with, safety measures, skilled pilots, seats? Is this a promotional gimmick by John Travolta & the Church of Scientology?!? I hope all get to their destinations safely!!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnJ

      It's called marketing your brand.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JohnJ

    For god sakes, it's just a 10-mile stretch for a weekend AND way over hyped by the news media. Stop complaining. Stay away.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    who cares ,its la, those fool are clueless as to the rest of the 48 states (except nv, and thats because of vegas, the "other" la.

    July 16, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |