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May 8th, 2012
02:38 PM ET

Only in America: Frequent flyers grounded

On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to spread his wings, coming to the defense of frequent flyers recently grounded by American Airlines:

"Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom - yes, that is apparently his real name, Vroom - each bought tickets years ago from American that gave them unlimited - let me repeat that word - unlimited first class travel for life," explained the host. They paid handsomely for those tickets, more than 350,000 dollars each for an unlimited - that word again - air pass and companion ticket."

Upon securing their air access, Rothstein and Vroom proceeded to tally a total of more than 67 million miles combined. And they weren't the only flyers frequenting the friendly skies:

"'The L.A. Times' reports that a guy named Mike Joyce flew round trip to London from Los Angeles 16 times in 25 days," revealed Morgan. "Now, one trip kills me."

Calling upon a clip from the 2009 film "Up in the Air," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host inferred that such accomplished air travelers would be praised and promoted, not unlike George Clooney's character upon passing over the city of Dubuque. However, Rothstein, Vroom, and Joyce are not Ryan Bingham:

"When American Airlines realized just how much these passes were costing them, by the airline's calculation more than a million dollars a year, they pulled the plug, accusing the men of cheating," learned Morgan.

Still unable to taxi off the runway, the frequent flyers have been grounded, awaiting the outcome of legal proceedings.

"If you're an airline named American, wouldn't you know that to dream big is the American way?" questions Morgan. "And what bigger way to dream, if you like air travel, than flying 67 million miles."

Only on American, says the host: "So Mr. Rothstein and Mr. Vroom, I salute you tonight. In fact, I raise my tray table in your honor."
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  1. Mrs. Ruth Hays

    Piers morgan...please have people on the show who oppose gay marriage. Don't just have it be one-sided. There are many good people who do not agree with Joe Biden or President Obama on their position and they deserve time on your show to present their beliefs re: civil unions instead of marriage. Not everyone agrees with the guests you had on tonight...I couldn't even watch most of the show because it was so have to respect both opinions. Sincerely , Ruth

    May 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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