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Mar 3rd 2008 8:14AM Ron,
No, moving to the left seat will not improve your schedule. If you are a senior FO, then upgrade, you may be a low or middle seniority captain. That means you'd have the same schedule as a low seniority FO. That's why I have so many friends at different regionals who just stay in the right seat. Not exactly PIC time, but at least they can have a home life.
Feb 20th 2008 1:28PM To Nancy: Overhead bins are for carry-on baggage! I find it incredibly rude when fellow travelers take up valuable space with things like hats and jackets--articles that could easily fit under the seat in front of the passenger. I travel with a 20" rollaboard and a briefcase and tuck the briefcase under the seat. This is my arrangement whether on a 2 or 10 day trip (and I'm proud to say I never have to wear the same outfit twice).
I for one am happy to see the addition of a second bag fee. While it certainly isn't my business to police what other passengers pack, if most people are honest with themselves, it is fairly rare that more than one 24" suitcase is necessary for a week-long trip. Extra bags equals extra weight which is extremely critical in areas served by Regional Jets (RJs) or turbo props. When airlines must bump passengers or bags because of weight restrictions, especially common during summer and winter, that costs several times more than the revenue a tourist fare ticket brings in, plus the loss of good will.
Dec 17th 2007 10:25PM I really don't understand why so many kids are willing to go off to college and spend tens of thousands of dollars if they don't even know what they're going to study. I like the approach of most schools in the U.K., where students apply to a program within a specific college, then must also be accepted at the university. Of course, they usually are expected to take a "gap year" to study, travel and generally grow up before attending post-secondary. Wish we had that system in the States. Might end up having lower drop rates and saving parents and students a great deal of money!
Nov 15th 2007 9:15AM First of all, they weren't traveling down the runway, but a taxiway, meaning they weren't moving very fast. The pilot overshot a turn and the wheel left the pavement and became stuck in the mud. Inconvenient, but certainly not an "accident". In aviation this might be considered an extremely minor incident according to the FARs. Second, it isn't a charter jet, but the team's own plane. Third, these are the Wings and no matter how many significant roster changes there are each year, they consistently turn out a dominant team--that's cause for respect, rivalry, but respect. Get over the pettiness and learn how to write!
Oct 22nd 2007 1:53PM Also, before taking over as Lt., S. Epatha Merkerson appeared as the mother of a mentally challenged suspect on an episode of Law & Order.
Oct 8th 2007 3:59PM I would think that when a person has been on the short list for the Nobel Peace Prize for a few years, it might be an indication that he is in fact being taken seriously.
Sep 13th 2007 4:28PM Airlines using the excuse of "bad weather" are automatically lying? Do you even understand how flying and ATC work? An IFR approach requires more spacing between planes, meaning it takes more time to get planes in, causing "ground holds" down the line. Every plane that gets to the gate late means delays for the flight it will next operate as, causing backup and logistical problems throughout a region or the entire country. Considering many airports are in areas prone to fog or bad weather (Seattle, Cinci, O'Hare), expect issues and delays. Ever wonder why there seem to be more crashes involving corporate/charter jets, even though they have incredibly well-trained pilots and all the latest equipment? Many times it's because the pilots are pressured into making the customer happy by taking extra cargo or people (weight) or flying in weather conditions that are not safe, all to keep on schedule. If an airline needs to delay a flight because of weather, or bump bags or people for weight, I'm happy to be safe.
Sep 10th 2007 10:26PM If she was wearing her skirt on the plane at the same level as she is in the picture, it may not have been an issue. It looks like it falls mid-thigh, though the skirt is only six or seven inches long. Look at where the button is compared to where it should be (about a 3" difference). Maybe the flight attendant didn't want to see what the young woman was flashing. Silly to make such a big deal about it, but I bet some people are just sick of dealing with this sort of thing.
Was the comment at the end of the blog in support of the poor, mistreated screaming children and breast-feeding mothers really necessary. Sorry, but you lost me on that one. I don't particularly want to deal with other people's ill-behaved children, nor is there any reason the woman couldn't have placed a blanket or shawl over herself while breastfeeding.
Sep 4th 2007 6:27PM I can make it 10 days anywhere with only a 20" roll-aboard and a very small backpack--usually with 4-5 pairs of shoes and a different outfit each day. Rolling is key and it is imperative to use every tiny space created by shoes or other items. Unless one is moving to a new country, the giant suitcases are absurd. Plus, just wait until you have to lift that bag into a car or up a flight of stairs yourself!
As for the luggage weight restrictions, the arilines use an average weight of 25 lbs per bag when doing their weight and balance calculations. Each person is usually averaged at 175 lbs, meaning 7 bags equals one person. Now, when considering weight restrictions on a regional jet during the summer or inclement weather, your heavy bag means the airline may to have to bump a person. That gets very expensive very quickly. The heavy bags were always the ones we took off the planes first when I was flying. Just a thought...
Jun 21st 2007 11:44AM I don't understand what the problem is with showing shoes that are more expensive, but all of the examples here are just ugly! These are shoes I would have thrown out of my mother's closet. I don't mind paying $100-$150 for a well made pair of shoes that are attractive and fairly comfortable, plus I wear my favorites so often that it ends up being worth the cost.