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Mar 29th 2012 2:33PM It doesn't necessarily need to be *obese* people that take up more than one seat, it can be anyone. Tall, wide, or just plain inconsiderate. I've sat next to very petite women who felt like the entirety of the armrest and a little ways beyond was hers to dominate, and I've sat next to obese people that were courteous enough to at least try to squeeze themselves into the smallest space they could possibly occupy.
Mar 14th 2012 8:40AM Agree 100%! Once you put your stuff in the overhead it's fair game to get shuffled around, ESPECIALLY if you did a bad job of putting it up there.
I also wish the airlines would take a more aggressive stance on the one bag overhead per traveler limit. I commute for work every week and I follow the rule to the letter. One bag, which fits like a glove in the sizer without any need for stuffing, in the overhead and one small bag, which leaves me some leg room, under the seat in front of me. All these guys with the 300 pound rolling Wenger laptop bags, which look like they were designed to hold twelve laptops at once and have zero chance to fit under a seat, seriously need to dial it back a notch!
Mar 14th 2012 8:33AM Change fees hands down! Most of us bring our own entertainment in the form of tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Who needs the airline's most likely outdated, unresponsive, and just generally bad OBE?
Mar 13th 2012 9:02AM Howie, I look at it this way... you tall buggers have better luck with women, jobs, etc... several studies show that you get at least a little bit of an edge in several aspects of life just because of your height. Short people like me get to be comfortable in an airline seat. Let us have our brief moment of happiness and quit yer whinin' :)
Feb 10th 2012 11:01AM TSA Pre-Check is freaking fantastic. Gate C30 at DFW is the place to be. I've gone through several times, and it's like a return to pre-9/11 security. You put your bag up on the belt and make sure you don't have any metal on you, step through the metal detector, and you're done. No pulling out the laptop, liquids and gels, while still limited in quantity/volume, stay in your bag, your shoes stay on, and your coat stays on. I'm thrilled to see it expanding, I only wish they had a dedicated Pre-Check line to get to the agent so that if you know you're eligible you can bypass all the folks that aren't to get your ID checked, and I wish it was going to be in Omaha, where I'll be traveling every week for the rest of the year.
Jan 17th 2012 2:34PM Dangit! This article came about 2.5 weeks too late for me! The wife and I spent a week in NYC and I had some good street food, but nothing worth writing home (or on a blog) about!
Jan 12th 2011 12:42PM Wow, I'm apparently a hardened criminal, I bring back as many of these as I can get my hands on every time I go out of the US. I love the chocolate and the toys are always cute/fun to play with for about 30 seconds.
Whoever decided that CBP should be wasting their time on something as innocuous as Kinder eggs should be jailed for misappropriation of government resources... and for being a douche.
Jan 5th 2011 8:00AM Wow... not sure how I'd feel about rental/loaner running shoes/apparel. I guess it's no worse than bowling shoes or roller/ice skates, but somehow rental running shoes seems weird to me. People tend to sweat more in running shoes than in bowling shoes or skates. The idea of sticking my foot into a shoe that some other Joe Q Schmoe has sweat a bucket and a half into just isn't appealing. I'll stick to making my health a priority and leaving enough room in my bag for my own pair of running shoes and clothes. Same would go for heart rate monitors...
Other equipment, though, I might be easier. Loaner hydration belt? As long as the bottles are good and clean. Loaner stride sensor/GPS watch? Awesome!
Dec 23rd 2010 9:59AM I don't think an FA should have the right to be rude to the passengers, but no one should ever expect an FA to bend over backwards to satisfy ridiculous passenger demands. Beverages, snacks, meals, blankets, headphones, these are all done as a courtesy to the passenger. The FA is there to see to the SAFETY, not the comfort and happiness of the passenger. Once safety is taken care of, if they have time they can engage in a little bit of customer service, but safety is, and always should be the number one priorty.
Nov 18th 2010 11:28AM I rarely respond to an article with such an inflammatory statement, but here it goes: The author is apparently either an idiot or hasn't traveled RECENTLY.
The pat down process has CHANGED. They no longer run the backs of their hands up the fronts and backs of your legs, stopping before nearing your crotch/butt. They now run the palms of their hands over your entire body, including the insides of your legs "UNTIL RESISTANCE IS FELT." Unless the author has a different anatomy than the rest of us, this means genitals are going to be touched (through clothing).
I travel twice a week every week. I opt out of advanced imaging (backscatter and millimeter wave) every time I am directed to one of the machines. I do this for privacy AND health reasons. I have a family history of cancer on BOTH sides and I am actively trying to avoid exposing myself to more carcinogens (such as radiation) than I absolutely must. I fortunately have yet to experience one of the so-called "enhanced pat downs," that are the new norm for people that opt out, but I know this: The minute anyone intentionally puts any kind of pressure on my genitals with their hands, I will demand a police officer and file a complaint for assault by contact. At the risk of sounding crass, my junk belongs to my wife, and she has not given the TSA permission to touch it.
Grant Martin, this is an article you should be ashamed of. You've apparently missed all of the recent updates to TSA policy and the as-yet unstudied health impacts of the blasts of radiation created by advanced imaging scanners, which means you failed to do your research. That's just poor journalism.