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Dec 15th 2009 3:07PM Blackberry Bold.... has everything but my passport/ID stored in it so I'm set!
Oct 13th 2009 12:37PM Point taken gentlemen. I guess I should have put more emphasis on the "a" in a reason. I realize that this is one of many reasons (poor scheduling by airlines, the lack of a landing slot system that allows an airport to have more flights scheduled to land than possible or simply mother nature) why tarmac delays are ugly but I also know that my neighbor, the airline captain, has stated that she will push back as soon as possible to start the clock.
Better to be paid $25 an hour than $2.20, her per diem rate, while waiting for fog to clear. Her excuse is "getting in line."
Oct 12th 2009 3:50PM "Interestingly, this period before a flight is never included in our hourly pay. Crew member pay is calculated only for the time the airplane has pushed back from the gate to the moment it has arrived at the destination gate, or 'block time' so named for the wooden chocks or 'blocks' put between the wheels to keep them from rolling while the airplane is parked at the gate."
Could this be a reason behind long tarmac delays? It appears to be in your best interest to push back and wait.