Andy Warhol is famous for saying, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Well, Neil used up about 6 seconds of his allotment as we came home from our vacation.
When we arrived at LaGuardia Airport in New York to check in for our flight home, we were dragging about six bags with us — two of which were huge rolling bags, plus two smaller rolling bags, a large duffel bag, and a backpack. As we went into the airport, we were picked out by a video photographer and news reporter from one of the local NBC affiliates, who informed us that United and other airlines would soon be charging to even check ONE bag when flying. Long story short, Neil ended up being interviewed for a little while about the new charges, and the cameraman shot some B-roll of us getting checked in, swapping things between bags to meet weight limits, etc.
The interview was supposedly going to run nationwide that night, but if it did, we missed it — we doubt it ran, because we came back home the same day Tim Russert passed away, which took up most of the rest of the NBC newscasts that day. After that, we thought nothing of it.
But as it turns out, the video got cut into a bigger piece that ran on the Today show later the following week. Aside from identifying Neil as “Mike,” it was kind of a neat thing to see (online, of course — we don’t have the time to watch the broadcast on TV!). Thanks much to Amy for letting us know about this.
You can watch the video by clicking the “read more” link below. Neil’s six seconds of airtime happen after about a minute.