The Travel Channel sent me a press kit for a new show that begins airing on October 7th about airport operations. The show is called Airport 24/7: Miami and is a drama-documentary about the operations at Miami International Airport. The kit included some literature describing the show as well as two DVD discs with the first two episodes of the show. After watching the two episodes, here's my two cents.
If you are looking for a 30-minute series that details a behind-the-scenes look at Miami's International Airport with heaps of faux drama added on top then say hello to the Travel Channel's newest member to their prime time line up.
While the show does a decent job of showing the lesser-seen areas of a major airport, the show relies heavily on clever editing and melodramatic characters with big personalities to carry the entertainment value. Sure, the show is entertaining, albeit quite mindless, but the show relies heavily on the public's perception that any sort of news or situation that occur in an airport are a matter of national importance and high drama.
For example - flights being oversold, or a passenger missing at departure time. Background music that belongs on a John Williams movie soundtrack.
Yes, there are scenes where there are legitmate dramatic situations - they do happen, its just they happen on almost a daily basis at airport all over the country. It is tough to convey the frequency of these occurances (more than two guns in carry-ons confiscated per day in the US) in the show but most of the situations on the show feel a bit do-or-die.
Part of me thinks "It is hard to expect an original and thoughtful show about the aviation industry in today's TV programming landscape" but then another part of me thinks that this is the same channel that carries "No Reservations" and "Bizzare Foods". Neither are of high intellectual stimulation but both have such original and strong narratives that really provide value to the viewers. In my opinion atleast.
At the end of the day it will come down to what you, the viewer, thinks of the show, and that's great. But in my opinion, this show is skippable. Especially when I try to teach people about how these insignificant and seemingly surreptitious situations that occur daily in the world of air travel are not only not a big deal but are also often sensationalized by the media to increase their viewership and revenue.
I would love to hear any and all feedback on the show once it airs on October 2nd. Let me know what you think!
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