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Have you wondered lately what the hell Cyndi Lauper has been up to lately? Well, aside from developing some lipstick shades with Lady Gaga, Cyndi is apparently all about serenading air travelers, as she performed two songs live on Friday at the Buenos Aires International Airport. Oh yes, and she's making award-winning Blues music too, but back to the airport singing...
According to the Daily Mail, Lauper was in BA on her world tour for her recent Blues album when flight delays turned the airport into a mess of worried and furious travelers. To diffuse the situation, the airport introduced Cyndi, and she began with her hit "Girl Just Wanna Have Fun," completely without accompaniment (unless count everyone else around her joining in on the refrain).
While we dawdle around in the US, asking if the airlines would please, maybe, hopefully sorta respect us, passengers in Buenos Aires are letting Aerolineas Argentinas know exactly how they feel. As labor conflicts wear on, delays and cancellations have stranded passengers expressing their feelings by smashing computers and offices while hurling soda cans at weary airline employees.
Thousands of passengers have been stranded at Ministro Pistarini International since Friday when the trouble started. Some news reports blame baggage handlers and pilots for the flight cancellations, though the pilots union says it's members are ready to fly. Passengers suspect that Aerolineas Argentinas is overbooking flights.
It'll take at least another epic summer of delays in the States before we see this kind of rioting at JFK--though it might be the kind of drastic action we need to get our airlines working again. ¡Viva la revolución!