I live in Oklahoma City. My husband and I are professors at a small liberal-arts college here. He came home from a class he was teaching yesterday and said that one of his students works for the TSA at the OKC airport. This guy told my husband that the airport had gotten notification (or asked had been asked permission or whatever) because race was going to come through the airport the next time it is run. He said it would be in about a year or so. I looked things up and found that it is supposed to be run next in Nov/Dec which would match up with the timeline the guy was giving.
That's the complete end of my knowledge right there, just that they are supposed to come through OKC at some point. I don't know when or where they are coming from or going to. I mean, obviously it's either the first or the last leg. I do find it odd that they are coming through such a relatively obscure location, though, since DFW airport is only 4 hours south and much, much larger with far more direct flights. Kansas City is only about 6 hours north. (There are very few direct flights into and out of OKC; most all connect through Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis etc.) Do they ever intentionally use smaller airports in an effort to be less noticed?
Anyway, I have no reason to believe the guy is lying, even though I don't know even who he is. But my husband verified he does work at the airport, that much is reliable. I don't know why he would have talked about it if it weren't true. My husband never, ever watches television and is possibly the least interested person in pop culture in general, so it's not like he is one going around looking for information. That also tends to make me think it's reliable. But beyond that I really don't know.
If it is true, and if people on RFF or here can nail down the dates they would be coming through the airport, I'd do everything I can to be there at that day and time and see if I can get pics/info etc.
Edited by Gitano, Jan 14, 2011 @ 5:27 PM.