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Jan 26th 2010 2:43PM Your example is hilarious! Thank you for the first good laugh of the day! : )
Jul 18th 2009 2:29PM I give this airline about 10 minutes; if it ever actually launches.
Mar 6th 2009 5:05PM It's NOT paint. It's like a very large sticker and there will be no need to repaint after removal. SI pays for the advertisement, SWA gets paid. Think flying billboard.
Nov 22nd 2008 10:28PM As a flight attendant, I recognize this for the logistical nightmare that it is. Not to mention the finacial aspect of it. Airlines are struggling to stay in business and now government is forcing companies to give away their product for free. That is what each seat represents; the product the airlines sell is space onboard an aircraft to a destination at a certain time. It can't be resold once the aircraft is in the air so it has a limited shelf life. I liked the food analogy; should obese persons receive two meals for the price of one? The Canadian government should have to subsidize the losses incurred by companies for all free seats given away as a result of this ruling.
Mar 14th 2008 10:40PM And a good rule of thumb for appropriate clothing on an aircraft is: if network TV stations would get in trouble for airing it, don't wear it.
Mar 14th 2008 10:36PM Businesses have the right to refuse service. There's nothing new about that. Wear what you want in public according to local laws, but keep in mind that commercial airliners are NOT public places; they are businesses. And you can be refused service if you wear offensive clothing or behave in an offensive or threatening manner. No doubt the cops were called to ensure that there was no retaliation on the part of the passenger. You might like to think that sort of thing doesn't happen, but you would be wrong. Blogs like this have created a new problem: people come aboard looking to incite trouble so they can have something to complain about. Or file a frivolous lawsuit over. Or get their "15 minutes". People should be aware that what happens onboard an aircraft once the doors are closed is a federal issue. Interferring with a crew member's duties is a federal offense. There are a ton of rules and regulations that crew members have to enforce. If you are too high spirited to comply with rules; stay home until you mature.
In the days after September 11, the passengers were so polite and followed every rule without having to be reminded. Everyone was on their best behavior. People know how to behave now, too, they just choose not to. Now they choose to to try their level best to be the last one to turn off their electronics or hang up their phones even though the announcements were made long before. They try to argue about forming a line for the lavatory near the cockpit door. The list goes on and on, but the point is the same. If you don't want to be removed from the flight or spend a few hours explaining to federal agents why you couldn't be convinced to comply with crewmember instructions, then just behave. It's only as difficult as you make it.
Jan 6th 2008 3:29PM I'll start by stating that I am a white female. From the posts I've read so far, I doubt my opinion matters to most of you, but here goes: I think media is a key component to what people find attractive. Not the only reason, just one of them. 1. Sex sells. 2. Advertisers want to gear their ads to people with the most buying power so they can sell the most product and make the most money. 3. Historically, white men have had the most money. 4. The larger percentage of people in the U.S. are white. Taking all 4 of those points into account, as company looking to see a profit from your advertising dollar, you would appeal to a broader market with more more wealthy consumers if you targeted white males with your advertisements and use their women as sex objects to do it. As a result, a great deal of advertising was, an largely still is, geared toward white men with white women as sex objects. So, if decade after decade, white women are idealized in advertisements in order to sell products to white men, white women become a secondary product in advertisements. Essentially, 'buy our product and women will love you'. I don't think it was the intended goal of traditional advertisers, but I do think one of the consequences of decades of selling white women to the American public is that men of other colors became conditioned to see a white woman as a mark of status. Perhaps conversly, the near absence of black women in previous advertisements has conditioned people to regard them as having very little status. Thankfully, there are now black networks, shows with predominately black casts, and advertisers develop more than one ad for a campaign so that they can target more than just white men with their ads. I don't think this is the be all, end all solution to a many layered and long standing situation, but maybe it shows that at long last, we are heading in the right direction on at least one front.
In response to some of the comments in the posts I read before responding to this topic, I wish I could find the right words to convince people once and for all that white women don't tan in an effort to appear black any more so than black women get weaves to appear white. Both arguments are fallacy based on misconception. I no longer tan, for health reasons, but when I did, it was largely to reduce the appearance of the veins that can been seen through my skin. Nobody wants to look like a Thomas Guide. I'm sure there are a variety of reasons black women get weaves as well. From what I understand, it is a tedious and expensive process, but the resulting hairdo lasts a really long time with proper care. If long hair looks good on you, go for it. If a tan looks good on me, I should get one sprayed on. : ) Please note that when spray tanning became available, it didn't become popular in a color that made whites appear black. I've noted that among blacks there are a wide variety of shades. Have you noticed that white people come in various shades as well? Some are more pink, some are more golden, some are pale with freckles, some pale with no marks, some splotchy, some even toned. Among whites, the ideal would have to be the golden toned with no freckles. People with this color skin are largely light haired with light eyes. The skin tans easily and evenly. They are usually of Nordic decent. I am not one of them. I have the slightly pinker skin with veins that show through and turn splotchy when I'm in the sun very long. See, the grass is always greener on the other side of the hill, no matter which hill you are on. I think the best we can truly hope for is to learn to count our blessings and truly appreciate how fortunte we are. There are people in the world who have to struggle each day just to find food and we complain about our minor inconveniences like who desires whom and why. There is far more to this life and we as humans can do better. Humans, not colors. If we are all truly God's children, we have to treat all humans as brothers and sisters, not just the ones who look like we do. Martin Luther King had a dream and it was a beautiful dream and there is nothing but out moded bad attitudes keeping that dream from being realized. Progress is slow, but I believe we are headed in the right direction. Don't let the naysayers tell you otherwise. Racist of every color still exist, but they are fewer and fewer with each decade. If we live to be old we may witness the dream come true before we die. The generations after us will live the dream. I hope they will appreciate that the road was long and slow but the results were worth it. As I'm sure each of you can appreciate the pain and suffering of your ancestors, I hope your children will appreciate your trials and tribulations. But most of all, I hope you will be able to look back at the end of your life and marvel at the sucess and happiness that you have created in you wake.
Mar 6th 2007 1:55AM Tips for travelers:
Do not under any circumstances put your fingers in your nose or rub your eyes. You WILL get sick. Forget about the recycled air; the passenger on the previous flight had his or her grubby hands ALL over your seatbelt, armrest, and traytable and may or may not have sneezed, picked their nose, or washed their hands after using the restroom.Airplanes are massively germy and you should imagine germs on every surface if that's what it's going to take to convince you not to put your fingers in your nose.
People who are gassy should take Gas-X as needed to prevent fumigating people who have no way to escape the awful smell.
Perfume should not be worn while flying for this same reason and should NEVER be sprayed onboard.
Brace yourself using your OWN seatback when standing to exit your row, not the seatbacks in front of you.
If your traytable is attached to the seat in front of you, be gentle with it.
If you must recline, do so slowly so as not to remove the kneecaps of the passenger behind you.
Aisle passengers, flight attendants will be up and down the aisle frequently; please keep your newspapers in front of YOU, not out in the aisle.
To speed up boarding on flights with no assigned seating, decide ahead of time if you or your traveling partner will take the aisle, middle, or window instead of debating it while others are waiting behind you.
For business travlers and for travel during cold weather, if you are able, please remove your coat before boarding so passengers behind you won't have to wait for you to undress in the aisle.
Dirty diapers should be placed in airsick bags, but NOT put in lavatory trash. That trash doesn't get dumped at every stop of domestic flights.
The seatback pocket should not be mistaken for a trash can.
The magic word is, and always will be, please.If you think you are too important to ask for things nicely, stay home.
Please don't throw your trash on the floor.
Please don't hide your trash instead of handing it over.
If your airline does not serve food, please don't be surprised when the flight attendant doesn't laugh at your oh-so-clever request for fillet mignon.Trust me, that joke stopped being funny about 30 years ago.
Please hang up your cell phone long enough to board. I've seen many other passengers get whacked by the luggage of the oblivious multi-tasker trying juggle luggage while holding the phone with one shoulder.
Please don't ask the crew which hotel they are staying in; that's a security issue.
Please don't loiter near the cockpit door; that's a BIG security issue.
Please don't pee on the toilet seat. If you hover, put some tissue down or wipe up after yourself. People with bad knees need to be able to sit there.
Please don't floss your teeth or clip your toe nails at your seat. Nobody wants to see that stuff flying around their seating area.
Okay, that's enough for now. Trust me about the fingers in the nose thing. I've seen it. many times. We're watching. : )