First Slice 12-27-13: Delta accidentally unleashes laughably low fares


  • Joeff Davis
  • With fares this low you could just go check out the clouds

A computer glitch on Wednesday morning caused Delta to accidentally sell tickets for extremely low prices. Ranging from $7.82 for a roundtrip ticket to Tampa, which is far less than you’d have to pay me to visit Tampa, to $27 for a roundtrip ticket from Tallahassee to Los Angeles, the glitch was eventually caught and corrected. The low priced tickets will be honored. No word yet on how the handful of low fares will impact Delta’s “record $2.6 billion pre-tax profit for 2013.” Bailout?

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Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed a series of reforms to make re-entering society more manageable for nonviolent ex-offenders. The plan includes housing aid and barring some state agencies from automatically disqualifying applicants with a criminal history. Other GA lawmakers are calling for more reforms including job training and providing potential incentives for companies that choose to hire ex-convicts.

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