Armless but not harmless: American, United, Delta and Alaska Airlines are banning firearms in checked luggage on flights into Washington, D.C. the week of the inauguration, CNBC reports. While this won’t stop armed protesters from driving in for the event, the airlines hope it will reduce hostility on flights, which has seen a marked increase since the Capitol riots. Insurrectionists get pretty angry when they find out they’ve been added to the no-fly list. A little schadenfreude, as a treat?
One step at a time: Google attempted to purchase Fitbit for $2.1 billion, but the Justice Department Antitrust Division warned it hadn’t signed off on the deal yet. If it goes through, Google would gain access to the fitness brand’s user data, which health metrics throughout the day.
TV nation: A new report from GLAAD says LGBTQ representation on scripted broadcast television dropped for the first time in seven years, from a record high of 10.1% last year to 9.2%. The percentage of women characters remained steady, while characters of color fell by a point, though the racial diversity of LGBTQ people onscreen did improve. While disabled representation also improved, the report notes it is still far below par with the U.S. population.
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