Monthly Archives: September 2012

NO, NO, NO! GOD NO! And have I said NO yet?

So I get these teaser headlines (thank you Google news alerts!) about certain topics that I may miss from elsewhere.  And today’s teaser headline was:

Boeing Planning To Ramp Up In-Flight Calling, Wi-Fi And Entertainment


Sure, airports are filled with noisy people who are on speakerphone conference calls, loud salesmen, etc.  But usually your time in the air is your “quiet time”, especially on longer flights.  So why in the hell would Boeing want to enable people to bring the noisy airport environment into the airplane?

Last Sunday night, I already had the loudest man of all time bellowing loudly about just about any subject to every single person around him (including the guy next to him who clearly didn’t want to talk based on his actions of turning away, putting earphones in, etc).  Can you imagine that guy on a conference call?  And what about those people who decide to put you on speaker?

You want to create a revolt?  Enable cellphone use in the air, and we’ll not only have a revolt, but we’ll be tossing bodies out of airplanes from 35,000 feet.

The only thing good about the linked story is the picture of the beautiful 747-800.  That, and better Wi-Fi options.  But that’s it!

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Y’all know I’m going to hell, right?

A few minutes ago, I was reading an account of a small private plane crash that the pilot and his only occupant walked away from.  That’s a good thing!  A Congressional candidate from Washington State, Jim Postma, accidentally landed his plane without lowering the landing gear.  He and his wife were the only occupants, and they walked away from the wreckage of the plane.

So why’m I going to hell?  Because the last sentence in the article says,

According to his website, Postma is a graduate of Purdue University and has worked as a simulation engineer and rocket scientist.

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAA!!!  He’s a rocket scientist!  So now we know it takes more than one rocket scientist to land a plane properly.  But one of the commenters in the post stole the show, with this quote:

 It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put a landing gear down

::snark::  Oh my…  Why am I suddenly sitting in this handbasket, and why’s it getting so hot?

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Dear TSA: WTF?

This is frustrating…  People – including me – have gone off about the TSA and their ‘porno scanners’; what an invasion of privacy they are, how unsafe they are, and the like.  A judge ordered that the TSA was supposed to hold public comments, so that we could hear from people and experts.  You know, like the fact that the backscatter machines can cause up to 100 cases of cancer per year (and that’s when they’re working properly!)

So finally, the TSA has set up – 19 months later than it was ordered to – a public comment period, scheduled for February 2013.  Get ready, folks!  Unless you like having your ‘nads subjected to radiation or photographed every time you go to the airport.

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