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Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 04-11-2017 at 10:42:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Fly the Friendly Skies?
  • Jimmy Kimmel roasts United Airlines

    Island Mike    Posted 04-11-2017 at 16:49:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • There are about 7 ways the airline company can bump you off. But in this case it may have been for the wrong reason, that is to seat their own staff. It is usually staff that gets bumped.

    We just flew Vancouver to Hong Kong to NZ, and back the same way. On one flight we were told our electronic gear ( movies, music etc. ) was not working. It was 3 staff that had to give up their seats for us.

    The airline can provide cash for being booted, up to $1360 I read, but they will start at around $250. Contract law for flying must have a few hidden clauses.
    Now some are pointing to the ejected shady past, to justify the eviction. I wonder if they used that with their decision with who to boot.

    I am sure more info will fly.

    Island Mike

    John in Mich    Posted 04-11-2017 at 16:40:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • First, somewhat, funny thing I've seen from Jimmy Kimmel. Local news does a clip every morning.
    I was a frequent flier (almost every week) from 1987 to about 1991. Then less so (once per month) from 1991 until I retired in 2007. There were some fun times, some "interesting" times and some difficult times. 9-11 certainly put a crimp in all of it.
    Business travelers used to book 2 or more flights for the same day and destination. If they were late for one, "oh well", catch the next one, no penalty. Often flights left with numerous vacant seats. Not anymore.
    We fly once or twice per year now. 3 and 1/2 hours beats 3 days on the road, DTW to AUS. Going to DC in May (I hate Ohio/Pennsylvania Turnpike). What we do to visit family.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 04-11-2017 at 15:38:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Fly the Sorry 'bout your bad luck.
  • I believe other passengers also got off. This idit acted a fool and wha?
    Flip side of the coin is, once seated, it's yours.
    If I was there, I would be looking for a first class bump on the next flight.
    You don't like flying? Try a train ride.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 04-11-2017 at 16:57:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Fly the Sorry 'bout your bad luck.
  • Speaking of trains...
    My wife and I will be going round trip on Amtrack from St. Paul to Portland in June.
    Her sis/bil live in Sisters, OR so were going to see them.
    I have made the trip twice in the past - Portland, Seattle. This will be my wife's first time on the train in the US.
    I hate to fly but love to train.

    Dean    Posted 04-11-2017 at 12:01:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • For reasons such as this (and others) I no longer fly.

    If I cannot drive, I don't go.


    PatrickB    Posted 04-11-2017 at 13:24:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • "If I cannot drive, I don't go"

    You said a mouthful there Dean. I've done a lot of flying, anymore it's a rock bottom mode of transportation.

    Walt/Tx    Posted 04-11-2017 at 16:02:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ditto on Dean and Pat, no fly for me since about 2001. DFW to St. Louis then puddle jumper to Bloomington Ill. I thought that turboprop was gonna come apart, whole frame of plane was shaking bad. I hate the whole experience of the airports and the crowded seating. Flew non stop DFW to Paris France once, 12 hours, way too long to be on a crowded 727 (1986 business trip).
    My daughter flies weekly for her job all over the states and doesn't mind at all.


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