Did Kamala Harris simulate boarding the plane? The truth behind the viral photo with a lookalike near the stairs against a green screen
A bizarre photo of someone about to climb a few steps to a green screen has gone viral on Facebook, with conspiracy theorists claiming it shows Vice President Kamala Harris ‘staging’ a fake photo op of ‘she boarding a plane. The post of the photo in question was first posted to Facebook on May 16.
It shows a person wearing a black coat and black Converse shoes, with their back to the camera. The person, surrounded by four men in uniform, stands at the foot of a moving staircase that leads to a green screen. “ENJOY THE SHOW EVERYBODY KAMALA ABOUT TO BOARD ON THE GREEN SCREEN ENJOY THE MOVIE,” the photo caption reads. The post in question had gathered more than 500 interactions. It was understandable for people to mistake the figure in the photo for Harris, as the VP is known to wear white and black Converse sneakers.
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Photo “Designated survivor”
However, according to USA Today, the image predates the Biden administration. The photo was taken from Twitter, from a May 2017 article posted by Kal Penn, actor and former associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement during the Obama administration.
In his May 3, 2017 article, which was also uploaded to Instagram, Penn posted a photo of the sets from the political drama “Designated Survivor,” in which he played the character of Seth Wright.
While it’s unclear who the person in the black coat is, as seen in the viral photo, it certainly isn’t Harris. At the time of the original publication, Harris was still a California Senator.
There are also other images and videos, circulating online, which purport to show Harris to ‘fake’ photos of her boarding a plane, which have no basis in the truth.
TikTok video demystified
For example, an edited video was posted on TikTok that shows Harris talking to a person in uniform and walking towards a staircase on a tarmac. Since the clip cuts off abruptly, it left a lot of people confused. “She’s going up the stairs, but where’s the plane?” a social media user wrote in an April 24 tweet, which contained the video. The post had approximately 176,000 views.
However, photos from Reuters and Getty Images have already debunked the conspiracy theory that Harris staged the scene. Photos matching the video, taken on April 19, show Harris walking alongside a woman in uniform, then walking up the steps. As the TikTok video ends before the plane can be seen, the plane can be seen behind Harris in footage provided by Getty and Reuters.
“US Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she boards Air Force Two at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, USA,” one of the captions read. photos from Reuters. She was on her way to North Carolina, according to another Getty Images photo. In fact, there is a YouTube video from April 20 that had some of the footage used by the TikTok video. In the longer video, Harris boards the plane.
Why is it so difficult for airlines to design a quick and easy boarding process? For the typical economy-class passenger, boarding something bigger than a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320 involves a certain degree of chaos. New rules regarding social distancing and mask wearing in the airline industry have imposed a new sense of order in air travel. Does that mean we can expect faster and smoother boarding?
Boarding upside down
Most airlines still use the “back-to-front” boarding method. Premium passengers, parents and guardians with young children and those who need assistance first, then passengers seated in the back of the cabin, followed by those in the middle and finally passengers assigned to the first row seats .
Logic says this is the way to go. In practice, when passengers seated in the rear are called upon to board, others have generally skipped the queue and now occupy seats in the front of the cabin. Some of those passengers will block the aisle as they struggle to hoist carry-on luggage into the overhead compartments, creating choke points for those heading to the rear.
In 2008, astrophysicist Jason Steffen used mathematics and computer modeling to come up with an improved variant of the traditional boarding method. Starting from the rear of the cabin, those who first assigned an odd-numbered window seat board, followed by those of the even-numbered window seats, then come the odd-numbered middle seat passengers, the even numbered middle seats and finally the same process for those in the aisle.
Although the Steffen method has been proven to work in an experimental mock-up of a Boeing cabin, cutting boarding times by about half, you might not be surprised to learn that no airline has never adopted the Steffen method. At least not wholeheartedly, even if some airlines think in the same direction.
In mid-2020, Japanese airline ANA introduced a boarding method that divides passengers into six groups. The first to board are those in the rear window seats, followed by the central rear seats, then come the passengers from the rear aisle seats. This process is then repeated for the passengers seated in the front of the cabin.
This system is known by the acronym WILMA, (window, middle, aisle boarding). In an experiment conducted by the MythBusters team, boarding using the WILMA system saved nearly 10 minutes on boarding time for a single-aisle aircraft compared to the traditional back-to-face method.
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The ANA boarding method offers additional refinement as passengers board back-to-front, known as the WILMA zone system. By all reports, boarding an ANA aircraft works wonderfully. Boarding time is reduced, stress is reduced – but that’s probably not going to work any wider because, well, we’re not all Japanese. Japan is a well-ordered and disciplined society. Department store salespeople bow to greet, pedestrians walk on the right side of the sidewalk, and all closely observe the protocols around wearing shoes indoors. Respect for the rules is encoded in Japanese DNA. The order brings comfort.
We are much less inclined to queue. Being told when to get on board is a face of our right to do what we love when we want to. What if I board before my zone is called? The boarding gate team checking boarding passes isn’t going to stop me, I’m going to get in early, mark a lot of empty space in the overhead compartments and it’s just me – so What’s the problem ? And when others think the same, chaos ensues. What works for ANA probably won’t work for Emirates, Garuda, Qantas, or Alitalia.
Country characteristics aside, another reason the WILMA system has not been more widely adopted is that some airlines have monetized their boarding process. Some passengers are willing to pay extra for priority boarding. It is therefore suitable for the airline if boarding is inconvenient. If boarding becomes faster and smoother, the airline could lose that revenue stream.
Has the coronavirus made a difference?
New rules regarding social distancing and mask wearing in the airline industry have imposed a new sense of order in air travel. Does this mean that we are more likely to behave more like the Japanese?
As part of its Fly Well anti-coronavirus program introduced in mid-2020, Qantas has announced sequenced boardings and disembarkations to minimize congestion on its larger planes. On board one of the company’s A330s, for example, passengers are called for boarding from the rear of the plane, five rows at a time.
Other airlines have had similar policies in place for several years. Passengers traveling with Southwest Airlines get a boarding pass with a group, either A, B or C, and a number between 1 and 60. When your group is called to board, you find your place in the queue. hold, identified by markers every five numbers, for example 31-35. Monitors at the start of the queue regulate the boarding process, and this diligence is the key to the success of any strict boarding method. In reality, few airline crews are willing to put aside passengers who show up for boarding before their area is called. As soon as the passengers realize they can board their tour without consequences, they do and lawlessness reigns.
Boarding a Virgin Australia flight at Gold Coast Airport for a flight to Sydney on February 18, there was simply an announcement that boarding for the 737-800 was now open, with no stipulated order. On the tarmac, passengers were directed to the forward or aft stairs and sitting in the cabin three quarters full was hassle-free.
Qantas’ new onboarding process has made a difference, some say. Although the fear of the coronavirus persists, it is possible that passengers are generally more compliant. Once the shadows have passed, the masks come off, and a sense of normalcy returns to the air, the flyers might not be so obedient. In Melbourne and Sydney, as a sense of normalcy returns, the strict social distancing that has applied on public transport since the height of the pandemic is being ignored during rush hours. Why would air travel be any different?
The living room lizard
“Could the last remaining passengers from Flight X board now?” This is my boarding call. Until then, I am sitting relaxed and comfortable in the economy lounge. There is a lot to be said for being one of the last to embark. No line up at the gate, a nearly empty sky bridge if you time it right, a quick walk down the aisle. Why rush to get crushed in an uncomfortable seat and spend at least 10 minutes in a slow line to get there? Sure, the luggage compartments might be crowded, but travel with modest carry-on that stows under the seat in the front and don’t worry.
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This article originally appeared on Goldleaf and appears here with permission.
The final months of 2018 saw Canada legalize the recreational use of cannabis for its citizens. Tourists can also participate in the new legal cultivation of cannabis in the Great White North. Before you go out and buy your plane ticket, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the details of how legalization works in Canada.
Canada’s recreational market
Although cannabis is legal in all Canadian provinces, its sale is heavily regulated. Legal cannabis can only be sold through government-owned and regulated dispensaries (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) or a combination of government and corporate stores private (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador). Several provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, have dedicated online cannabis retailing with varying levels of age authentication. Alberta requires personal information that it will verify before creating an account. British Columbia and Ontario use a more lax verification method. Of course, to shop online you will need an address, so if you have a friend that you live with you may be better off ordering your cannabis in advance.
Find a dispensary
Of course, if you are a genuine cannabis tourist, you will want the physical ‘kid in a candy store’ experience. Depending on the province you visit, you will either have great difficulty or no difficulty in finding a dispensary. Canada has about 360 dispensaries, including planned locations that have yet to open. By comparison, the state of Colorado has over 560 cannabis stores. Of the 183 locations that were actually open at the start of 2019, 65 of them were in Alberta.
One of the strangest aspects of Canadian legalization are laws restricting where cannabis can be used. Many provinces (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Yukon) prohibit consumption in any public space, including those where smoking is permitted. In these provinces, the consumption of any cannabis product is only permitted on private property. Even so, most hotels, Airbnbs, apartments, condos, and the like do not allow cannabis consumption in or around their properties. The whole situation isn’t exactly tourist-friendly, but if you have a friend who owns a property, they’ll probably let you smoke somewhere on it. Otherwise, your best bet is to simply find a sufficiently secluded spot outside and do what you love. Remember to be a green tourist and not to leave any waste where you end up smoking.
Not all provinces are particularly restrictive. In British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta, the rules for cannabis use are similar to those for tobacco, with some additional restrictions (no smoking in cars or boats, near schools or playgrounds, or in any place frequented by children). The current regulations in Quebec reflect in all respects the use of tobacco in the province; However, that may change in the future, so be sure to take a look at the latest legislation before you go.
Canadian age regulations for who can buy and consume cannabis vary by province. Alberta and Quebec are currently the lowest at 18, although Quebec could change their age to 21. Most provinces have set the limit at 19 years.
Three favorite destinations
What was once a Hershey’s Chocolate Factory is now one of Canada’s leading licensed cannabis producers. Known for its refinement of existing cultivars and its selection of new genetics, Tweed sets the standard for Canadian cannabis. Better yet, their visitor center offers cannatourists the opportunity to visit their grow rooms and learn more about the science and history of cannabis.
The Hotbox Lounge is Toronto’s premier cannabis lounge. They offer a patio known as “Potio” where you can consume cannabis on nice days and a steam room available year-round (ideal during Canada’s freezing winters). The Hotbox Lounge has music and special events every night, so be sure to stop by during the evenings if you prefer to enjoy your cannabis in a lively atmosphere.
This premier dispensary is located in the heart of Calgary’s trendy and historic Inglewood neighborhood. The staff at Aylmer Nelson are some of the most knowledgeable and friendliest customers in the North – or anywhere else. While Alberta offers more options when it comes to cannabis than anywhere else in Canada, you can’t go wrong visiting Aylmer Nelson.
The last word
Everything listed above is just a taste of what Canada has to offer. The country is constantly advancing and as the cannabis scene evolves there will likely be even more places specifically designed for the cannabis tourism crowd.
With all the information we have given you, all you have to do is book your tickets and start practicing your Canadian accent, eh!
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The GOVERNMENT has come out with new allegations, accusing some of the 65 returning citizens who returned from the UK last Monday of being MDC Alliance activists determined to sabotage the country’s COVID-19 fight by attempting to score cheap political points.
The allegations follow allegations that one of the returnees, housed at Belvedere Teachers College in Harare, was among the hordes of MDC Alliance activists who attacked Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo during the latter’s visit to London last July.
Moyo had traveled to London at the time with other senior government officials as part of Zimbabwe’s efforts to re-engage with the international community after years of global isolation due to its poor record on human rights and its inability to implement economic and political reforms.
According to state media, the alleged assailant is Mary Nyandoro, a well-known MDC Alliance activist and one of the people who resisted the mandatory quarantine at Harare Middle School citing “bad conditions”, preferring to be hosted in a hotel.
Deputy Social Affairs Minister Lovemore Matuke also confirmed her presence at the teacher training center, adding that the government noted with concern that some of the British returnees were in fact MDC Alliance activists who attacked the Minister Moyo.
“Ms Nyandoro is one of a group of 26 British returnees who are complaining about the college facilities,” Matuke said.
However, 65 confirmed returning citizens at Belvedere Teachers College came on the same Ethiopian Airlines plane, and not 26 as Matuke claims.
State media accuse Nyandoro of being part of the crowd seen dousing the Zimbabwean delegation led by Moyo with bottled water in London.
“She was holding a labeled sign; “TROO TT TO TAKE OFF SANCTIONS”, referring to the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by some western countries which have affected the economy, “he said.
Matuke went on to accuse the MDC Alliance of trying to score cheap political points.
“Now is not the time to score cheap political mileage as the government, along with the rest of the world, is making frantic efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These people are attention seekers with a political agenda. Now is not the time for politics, the pandemic is serious. We cannot risk their families because they have their own motivations. Activists are trying to politicize COVID-19 and try to destabilize the spirit of unity that currently prevails in the country.
“We will only be able to pay attention to such behavior after we have successfully brought the pandemic under control. “
State media also dismissed allegations of a deplorable situation in the isolation center as inaccurate.
He claimed the training center had an uninterrupted supply of electricity and running water for bathing, while bottled water was provided, with the group enjoying three-course meals a day.