There might be a way to escape the dreaded carmaggedon after all.
Californians have been frozen with fear over the shutdown of San Diego 405 freeway this weekend, but an escape route appears to have emerged on Wednesday.
JetBlue has offered the answer to residents' prayers by offering flights from Burbank to Long Beach for only $4. If you really want to go all out and get a roomier seat, you can pay an additional dollar. That price somehow includes all taxes and fees.
The flight, which JetBlue estimates to be the shortest in its history, is estimated to only be about 20 minutes long and will be offered twice on Saturday.
We're helping Angelenos get over the gridlock altogether and enjoy the Valley or the beach, their favorite soccer match or a food festival, without having to brave the traffic jams to get there, JetBlue's Los Angeles marketing manager Mark Rogers told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Plus, you'll receive some of the best customer service in the industry, you can check a bag free, have the benefit of ample legroom while you tune to one of more than 100 live channels of free TV or radio stations, and snack freely, all while having a birds-eye view of the road congestion you've given up.
The 405 highway is known as one of the busiest highways in the United States, servicing the Hollywood area and approximately 500,000 use the highway each day. While the highway already has a bad reputation for traffic backups and accidents galore, this weekend will be even worse.
If you think it's bad now, on July 16 and 17, it will be an absolute nightmare, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa warned to California media.
The city has used social media efforts to try to warn Californians of the impending shutdown. One such effort has been getting celebrities, such as Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher, to tweet to their large following bases to avoid the major freeway.