The airline industry experienced some turbulence this week when rumors took off around Tyler Perry offering to buy the financially strapped American Airlines. Word is Perry offered to buy AA, who last month filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, for 5 billion dollars. American Airlines is said to have jumped at the offer.
Perry would not be the first African-American airline owner. Tom Joyner, repurposed the FLY in his “fly-jock” moniker as a major player with Southwest Airlines. I hear Southwest, who recently bought out AirTran, employs a great deal of comedy and fun in their in-flight experience. Could this be the work of Joyner and his jovial staff? I mean, if you listen to the TJMS nothing is sacred and every news story, celebrity etc. gets clowned – with the exception of Aretha Franklin. Maybe Joyner’s affiliation with the airline has influenced it’s overall culture.
Along that line of thinking, how would Tyler Perry affect the culture of American Airlines? Will all the flight attendants be bitter and broken, tormented by a series of disappointing relationships and life decisions? Will all the pilots be scheming, conniving, two-timing dogs shunning sistas in pursuit of white women? Will the gate agents be a bunch of androgynous, sassy old grandmothers, quick to take off their wigs and whoop some ass? Will the baggage handlers be looked down upon by uppity women who think such laborers are beneath them only to discover that beneath the sweat, grease and grime beats the heart of “good man” and single father raising his 3 little black girls and putting off his dreams of being a rap star? Are the in-flight meals catered by This is It? Will passengers be forced to watch only Tyler Perry films and t.v. shows?
Things that make you go hmmmmm. But then again, maybe all of this is subtext for a new form of in-flight entertainment, i.e. Tyler Perry presents Closer to Jesus the hit new stage play at 30,000 feet!