Empty airplane seats on my 16-hour journey from LAX to KHI, where I’m heading for just six days to participate in the annual Karachi Literature Festival, which will attract more than 100,000 attendees.
The Emirates airline representative at LAX airport says that flights have been running empty for a week since the executive order banning refugees from seven predominately Muslim countries, and the cancellation of more than 100,000 US visas.
“Starting next week,” she tells me, “we’re going to run smaller aircraft between the US and Dubai.”
But for today, I have four seats to myself. I spend most of the journey sleeping.