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Aug 2nd 2012 9:27AM Thank you Marybeth for your gracious comment to the author. I'm retired from United's competition, but I can still appreciate really super flight attendants wherever I encounter them, and you and your fellow crewmembers must have been on top of your game on that flight. Well done.
Jun 20th 2011 7:27PM Years ago in America people used to picnic in cemeteries. I've done years of family research in them. You can find lots of information about your ancestors from headstones and cemetery records.
Dec 25th 2010 11:16PM I'll bet the guy who wrote this piece couldn't last 5 minutes as a flight attendant. The airline industry is one of the most cut throat industries there are with one of the slimmest protit margins. Owning airline stock will tell you all you need to know. Airlines have the odds stacked against them at every turn. A seat unsold can never be regained, they're at the mercy of weather, the price of oil, economic downturns, rumors, the flying public's fears, government regulations and the competition of discount upstarts that fly cattle cars. It's a wonder that any of the major airlines is still in business at all. With the exception of only two or three, they've all either went out of business or declared bankruptcy at one time or another. The list of bankrupt airlines is longer than your arm. They are nickel and diming you to death because that is the only way for them to make any profit at all. People looking for cheap flights has driven them to this. Everyone wants First Class treatment for economy prices. Trains and buses don't have F/As coming around asking you if you'd like a drink, a meal, a pillow, a blanket, but I don't hear anyone complaining about their service. Try getting a bus driver to get you a drink...
Dec 24th 2010 2:26PM Geez. What if you were a white male and most of your ancestors were Germans. I hear crass and offensive comments on National TV in comedy shows and from the mouths of the "politically correct" all the time about whites and Germans. I notice every predominantly Black show on TV has a white buffoon or three. If we can suck it up, maybe others might try doing the same once in a while.
Dec 12th 2010 4:25PM Laurel, the temperature at which you should be concerned is 104 degrees Fahrenheit, not 100.4 degrees which is just a mild fever.
Nov 27th 2010 2:28PM Hey Ray, everybody's hero.
Nov 18th 2010 12:20PM Where there's lots of money there are lots of crooks.
Nov 17th 2010 1:56PM You're funny Beatrice.... I was an idiot when I was 18 years old and had a Bald Eagle and the letters U.S.N. tattooed on my forearm. What an idiot I was for being patriotic and enlisting in the Navy. Oh how I'd like to change all that now....
Nov 17th 2010 10:07AM Yeah, boycott the airlines. Do you think the airlines love the TSA?? Their rules also apply to airline employees, and delay everything for the airlines. Delays at TSA checkpoints now delay aircraft departure times, make scheduling more difficult and make all their passengers angry before they ever get to the gate. The airlines are already punished. I just read that U.S. airlines are now the target of more anger than Wall Street bankers and politicians. And all they do is try to get you safely from one city to another. TSA regulations are not instigated by airlines. They are the result of government fiat, dreamed up by politicians and enforced by the U.S. Government. If you don't like the rules, try voting the people who make them out of office. I'm sure there are better ways to find out who have the bombs and who don't, but too many liberals in government don't have the bells (PC censors) to take the steps to take them aside, and not everyone else, and do what's necessary. Boycott your government if you want to have some action taken, or raise your voice for reason. Boycotting airlines might be all well and good for you who don't fly anyway, but the rest of us have modern lives to lead, and travel for business or pleasure is a necessity.
Nov 17th 2010 9:51AM Okay folks. You can't have it both ways. Many of you are fraidy cats when it comes to aircraft security and demand that everyone be screened thoroughly, but now when it appears you are also going to be a security target, you scream bloody murder about "privacy". Welcome to my world. Do you ever recall all those old people with metal parts in their bodies, especially in their legs, who are forever being taken aside and humiliated with pat downs?? Their arms outstretched, while their pants are falling down because there's no belt. The TSA agent wanding them then frisking them over and over under their arms and then their crotch. I see them all the time as I wait for my turn, the old man in the wheelchair in front of me, and the old woman waiting behind me for her turn. All the while I'm wondering what time it is and if my wife and I will miss our flight. No watch you see. And my poor 98 lb. wife struggling with two piles of clothing and personal belongings, watches and wallets, mine and hers, and our carryons. I feel violated and put upon 4 or 5 times each trip everytime we fly. Even outside the U.S. which has adopted our rules. I predict these procedures will inevitably come to the entrance of every public place in America. As Americans we have really lost our liberties because of 9/11. Something the Moslim (spelling changed to foil the PC police) fanatics hoped to accomplish and have essentially done. I'd like to turn the tables on the Moslims however and make it so that only they lose their liberties in America. Profile, profile, profile and background checks, quotas and new restrictions on all people applying to enter the U.S. from Moslim countries. Let's face it, we are not under threat from Buddhists, Protestants, Catholics, Daoists, Hindis, or even atheists, only from Muslims, who worldwide it seems, enjoyed en masse the images of two American built, airliners, fully loaded with Americans, crashing into an American icon. They danced in the streets, or at least jumped up and down since singing and dancing are forbidden, throughout the Arab world at the thought of us dying at the hands of their own. Paybacks should be a bich (again the PC police) and controls outside of airports need to be installed. Do we scan everyone who enters the U.S. whether by air, land or sea? And pull all their belongings apart, then leave a little note saying we have inspected your stuff? Especially for all our friends from the Middle East? How about it? Can we get our congressmen to address the real problem in America, not pat downs and dirty pictures of decent law abiding citizens who pose no threat to others. We all know who the enemy are don't we? They're not your grandmothers and grandfathers attempting to take a trip home to Des Moines or to see the kids in Miami or Boston. Terrorists mostly look a certain way and have a certain attitude and posture. Let's target them, not us.