From Will at The Other News:
(TOF).….“an around the world Pan Am ticket that allowed sixteen stops”
This little sentence in the David Maraniss book Obama:The Story tells a tale that epitomizes the lies of Barack Obama. To begin, there never was such a thing as an international ticket that allowed 16 stops, indeed the “Round the World” fare offered as many stops as you wished in an 80 day period, by 1982 this was extended to 180 days.
Round-the-world (RTW) tickets have been sold since 1978 when Pan American offered its "Round the World in 80 Days" fare. Pan Am was the only airline at that time that had routes “around the world” and the fare was a huge savings (approx 40%) over the traditional fares based on mileage traveled.
If it is true that Barry purchased this ticket type then it is in accommodating these rules that exposes many lies in Obama’s summer 1981 narrative.
21 days prior to departure rule. According to Maraniss, Obama flew to Jakarta on June 18th, 1981, 21 days prior to departure would have been 27 May, 1981, the last day Obama had to buy his ticket if he indeed traveled on 18 June. Maraniss tells us that Paul Carpenter claimed in a letter to Phil Boerner on 13 June 1981 that “Obama would be hard to nail down over the summer to share an apartment in New York since he was off on a trip to Indonesia, Pakistan, Paris, London, New York“.
All travel must be on Pan American rule. After the crash of Pan Am 812 in 1974 in Bali, Indonesia, Pan Am’s operations in Indonesia began to unwind. In 1981 Pan American Airways did not operate flights into either Jakarta or Denpasar.See here for the 1981 route map for Pan Am and here for the 1980 Pan Am/National Brochure, and here for the 1980 Pan Am flight schedules.
along with the intended itinerary rule. What this means is that Obama would have to have known and had ticketed each leg of his itinerary. He only had to make flight reservation on the first leg but if he purchased this type of ticket, it would have to have been written (yes hand written, we didn’t have ticket machines back then) LAX-JKT-KHI-PAR-LON-NYC-LAX - This routing could never have been written and validated on Pan American Airways for a round the world fare in 1981, period.
So does any of this mean anything. Well with Obama it usual means he is hiding something. If it is true that Obama left Los Angeles on a Pan Am flight on 18th June, 1981,that would be 3 days after the 15 June, 1981 graduation of his roomate Hasan Chandoo, who was leaving Los Angeles for good and as we are told by Maraniss returning to Karachi for the summer before going on to London to work in his family’s business. Obama would be left in Los Angeles with no place to stay, it doesn’t take much to believe that Chandoo invited him to Pakistan until he needed to return to New York to begin his term at Columbia. Pan Am had a flight from LAX to Karachi via Frankfurt at 1000am on June 18th, 1981.