Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

That Great Casino In The Sky

Stan Freberg here. Now, you'll be able to gamble in the air. That's right. A major international airline has installed computerized gambling devices aboard for Las Vegas-prone passengers. More, when I come back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg again. Do you like to play slot machines? Blackjack? Roulette? Forget Monte Carlo or Las Vegas--now you can lose money, if that's what you're into, aboard a jumbo jet.

Yes, British Airways has just announced in-flight gambling. The "Sky Casino," a Boeing 747 jet that seats 400, will shuttle between international hot spots including London, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong, says the Wall Street Journal.

The theory is that passengers on long, boring flights--a captive audience with few options for diversion--will welcome the chance to try their luck. With a swipe of your credit card, a video gaming table at each seat will be activated. Winnings will be credited to your account, and losses as well. Uh-oh, just when you were ready to have coins laying onto your seat. Actually, the sound of coins dropping, if you win, will be heard through your earphones.

If gambling in the sky catches on, U.S. carriers are poised to fight a law which prevents gambling on airplanes. I wonder if the British Airways flight attendants will serve you beverages in those little Vegasy short skirts. Probably be "in-flight gamblingly incorrect."

Drat! That's the only reason I might want to take that plane!

Stan Freberg here.

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