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@user47 Only thing is lots of airports now have filtered water bottle refilling stations - so buy a $20 water bottle & refill it there!
Some asshat decided to light up in one of the bathrooms at @flypdx airport. Ugh! Now *I* smell like smoke!
I swear my IQ lowers and I can feel my brains leeching out of my head when dealing with today's youth.
Just watched a man try and sneak his full water bottle in through TSA security - so he's OBVIOUSLY a terrorist.
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Okay, so first it was Delta and jetBlue that got the okay to go gate-to-gate with electronic gadgets. Then it was American. I had a question from a friend on this new policy, because he flew Delta mainline, where they announced the new policy, and then flew a Delta Connection flight, where the flight attendant nearly came unglued when he wouldn’t put his iPhone away during taxi out to the runway.
Try as they might, airlines aren’t telling their customers the distinction between “mainline” flights and those that are subcontracted. Indeed, my friend’s Delta Connection flight was on ExpressJet, though it was branded a Delta Connection flight.
Earlier this week I got an email from US Airways saying that they were rolling out gate-to-gate electronic use – but they were actually freaking helpful! They said that the new policy applied only to mainline US Airways flights, and that the policy didn’t yet apply to US Airways Express flights; that would come at a later date. And just now, I got an email from Alaska Airlines saying that starting Saturday passengers on mainline flights would be able to use electronics, with sister carrier Horizon coming up soon, as well as subcontractor SkyWest, pending FAA approval.
From what I can tell, US Airways and Alaska Airlines are the only ones to roll out this new policy correctly.
So congrats you guys! Travel is just about to get a little more interesting.
So I’m going through a list of headlines for the airline industry, and I read this doozy:
You seriously want to tell the flying public that your airline is unreliable? That’s like having the boarding agent take your ticket, scan it, and tell your passengers, “Hold on tight during the flight; I hope nothing happens to the plane!”
That’s just seriously unprofessional. This is a CEO who doesn’t want to be in his job.
I totally understand the underlying message; Hawaii Island Air needs a good, stable, reliable aircraft for them to be able to grow. So why not say that? In these days, newer aircraft are going to be more fuel efficient and can carry more passengers farther on less gas than older aircraft can, while allowing the airline in question opportunities to grow. So why not say something like that?
So it should be no secret to those that follow me on here or on Twitter that I primarily fly Alaska Airlines. I’ve been curious about the announced American/US Airways merger since day one – mostly because American is a partner with Alaska Airlines. Not as strong a partner as Delta, but still – a partner.
As I was traveling on the new AS route PDX->ATL yesterday, I was talking to some folks on my flight, and the merger came up. Specifically, there was scuttlebutt that, if the AA/US merger goes through, the new AA would drop the partnership with Alaska. I’m wondering if this is true or not.
I couldn’t see Alaska dropping the newly merged AA, because it opens so many doors for them. Hell, if they did, there’d be virtually no reason to fly from SEA or PDX to DFW, because there wouldn’t be any more continuing tickets (AS to DFW, AA or AE DFW to final destination).
This has me thinking… So what do you think? Think the merger will go through, and if so, do you think they’ll stay partners with AS? Or do you think new AA management will force AS to drop the contract?