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Nov 29th 2011 1:35PM What a disservice you've done to all the rest of us. I have 24 years with America West and I work almost double our base every month and the highest year I've ever had is $55,000. You certainly know that many, many flight attendants (read single mothers, sole providers, etc) can barely make ends meet and must rely on food stamps, food banks, extended family and any other source of help available. Reserves are lucky to make $15,000 a year. BTW, congrats on your $100,000--I assume you wrote it to pat yourself on the back--as there would be no logical reason you wrote it at all.
Nov 23rd 2011 5:32PM I am a flight attendant and I empathize with the passenger who stood for the bulk of the flight. I personally have lobbied OFTEN with my own airline structure regarding exactly this problem. That being said, the airline will deny boarding to the normal sized person and leave the large person on board because to deplane the obese person is considered a "disabled person" by the laws concerning disabled persons and in case you haven't heard already that Southwest Airlines is being sued by some fat people who feel that Southwest discriminated against them by refusing to board them if they could not fit into a seat with the armres ts down. Flight attendants could be held PERSONALLY responsible if they took it upon themselves to deny boarding to an obese passenger. That's why all airlines are forced to have 'Complaint Resolution Officers" in every station to determine if a "disabled person" is being discriminated against.
Oct 19th 2010 12:06PM Of course, the media will present the negative. As a 23 year America West (nowUS Airways) I'd like to add my 2 cents. If is NOT at all possible for a person--disabled or not-- to evacuate themselves in an emergency they may be denied boarding or they are required to have an companion who can assist them in the event of an emergency. At times during my career we have skated around the issue by having a volunteer on the flight who would be willing to assist him in an emergency. This, however, requires that person to be responsible for that person in an evacuation. Could that person lift or drag the disabled person, safely move them to an exit, and then send them down the slide? These are questions that need to be asked. Once we had a passenger who suffered from late stage Lou Gehrigs disease boarded by what we assumed to be his attendant. He was unable to even breathe on his own, nor able to move at all. When all the contraptions were in place (personal oxygen container, straps, etc.) his "attendant" left the aircraft. We assumed he was going to board during the general boarding process with perhaps other family members. That was not the case. He expected the flight attendants to monitor the passenger during the flight and then he would be met at his final destination and assisted off the flight by other family members. Call it what you want, but, yes, we kicked him off the flight. People assume erroneously that we are a babysitting service at time. Would we have been able to assist this person in an emergence. Not by a long shot. So the station involved did exactly what they were supposed to do. If someone cannot help themselves, they must have someone on board who can will do so
Jul 27th 2010 11:37AM Standby passengers are by no means always employees waiting to get a seat. They can be passengers from a later flight trying to get on an earlier flight, there may be a number of reasons they are on "standby". Emplyees trying to make a flight are called "Non-revs" meaning non-revenue generating passengers. I guess the idiom that fits here is If you don't know what you're talking about, it's better to remain silent instead of appearing the fool.
Jul 27th 2010 11:20AM As all flight attendants know, fat people are now protected by the Persons with Disabilities act. Unfortunately, one cannot kick a fat person off the flight--you have to take another person off the flight. Yes, it is absurd and the fat person should have come off, but if the thin person were standby, trust me that same scenario will occur and HAS occurred many times.
Jun 17th 2010 8:12PM I would LOVE to see him in prison. He constantly talks about wanting to have sex with every male celeb in the world. Now, he could have all the sex he wants!! He is a horrible human being and the vicious garbage that he spews every single day and all the X-rated trash on his site make me wonder why no one else has ever done this before.
The only downside I can see is that Miley Cyrus will probably not want to go through with all the tumult that would be involved with prosecuting him. Sorry to say
May 31st 2010 4:20PM You're an idiot
May 20th 2009 12:20PM How anyone can say Shawn was consistent throughout the season,obviously, didn't WATCH the whole season. The consistency belonged to Gilles, hands down. Shawn was a joke that only shows that top athletes will always win because of the sports fan base--not the talent of the performer.