READ about Piers Morgan's long career in journalism here.
On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to bring new meaning to the phrase "Rush Hour," detailing an emerging method of transportation that can cut down the commute.
Opening with a bit of travel trivia, Morgan detailed how flying the friendly skies today is seemingly slower now than it was more than three decades ago:
"When the great Sir David Frost was hosting talk shows on both sides of the Atlantic, like I do now, back in the 70s his journey took three hours on Concorde," he explained. "Now, since the tragic demise of that fabulous plane, it takes at least double that. And this is supposed to be progress?"
However, introducing a still-in-development aircraft called the "WaveRider," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host has renewed hope:
"The Air Force's new, X-51A hypersonic 'scramjet' designed to fly at – wait for this – Mach-6. That's a stunning 45-hundred miles an hour," he revealed. "The Pentagon says the technology, which it tested over the Pacific today, could eventually allow them to bring missiles or planes to the other side of the planet in minutes instead of hours."
But for Morgan, Tuesday's good news came with a side dish of disappointment, as the technology is not yet available for the everyman, even if said everyman is an anchorman:
"You can't taunt me with the prospect of a one-hour trans-Atlantic flight and tell me: 'Sorry, buddy, this isn't for you,'" he complained, adding:
"I've got London pubs to frequent, Arsenal soccer matches to watch, cricket to play, fish-and-chips to eat ... with mushy peas."
With a price tag of 140 million dollars, the new-age plane would allow Morgan to enjoy all the comforts of his own soil, while still returning to New York nightly for his CNN program.
In his words, Only in America might such an advancement be used as a mere tease for those that might benefit the most:
"Think not what this hypersonic technology can do for your country's military, Mr. President, and focus more on what it can do for me, and my morning commute."
Note: On Wednesday, the hypersonic aircraft failed a test flight, spiraling out of control off the coast of California prior to reaching its goal of 4,600 mph. Pentagon officials cite an issue with a tail fin.
» Follow Piers Morgan Tonight on Twitter