Wednesday, April 12, 2017
We admire that the guy did not just passively agree to leave his seat after United overbooked (which all airlines constantly do) and wanted to make 4 passengers suffer for their greed
And we greatly respect the guy that he was so determined to stay in his seat, that it took that much physical force to have him removed..
Admittedly, we probably would have to which is why we give the guy kudos and hope he sues United Airlines into bankruptcy
Personally I made the decision a long time ago that unless it was an absolute emergency I would never fly again until all the BS post 9/11 changes, both in faux safety and to maximize airline profit were rescinded
It was three months removed from 9/11 and two months from when Bush Jr gave the airline industry a $10 billion bailout which at the time was a lot of money, though it seems small potatoes compared to the Trillions spent in 2008 and beyond to bailout the financial industry and banks...
And though there were military personnel standing in the terminals with machine guns, in many ways the flight was quite traditional and pleasant; probably the last of its kind..
You were also still allowed to lock your suitcases so not to worry that the people who put them on the plane weren't rummaging through with their dirty hands to possibly steal valuables
You were also allowed to bring half-opened bottles of water on the plane and one did not have to take off their shoes to see if explosive devices were hidden inside
At one point I was offered a seat up to First Class during the flight but since there was absolutely no one on my row or the rows in front or back of me, I was quite content to stretch my legs and recline across three seats as I watched the TV monitor
The food provided was free.. So was the non-alcoholic beverage.. And the peanuts.. And the use of a pillow and blanket..
The only thing I remember paying for was rental of the headphone set
Overall it was quite a nice flight and as I was sitting and reflecting on the journey while occurring, I was astutely aware that there'd probably never again be another flight like this for myself or any other passenger flying commercial
Now everyone is packed in like sardines and God help you if very tall or overweight..
One day the airlines will figure a way to charge people to breath 'clean' air vs the generic air circulating the cabin.. Just you wait n' see..
And really its pretty pathetic that in 30+ years of modern air travel, it now takes Longer to fly from one destination to another than it did in 1987
Remember how air travel was advertised as getting better as we moved further into the future?
The combination of fear of terrorism and the incessant desire of airlines to profit every way imaginable off passengers has made flying a horrible experience
Remember every person responsible for 9/11 was a Muslim Arab from Saudi Arabia
Sorry PC people but its not black elderly grandmothers, Hispanic children or White businessmen in $2,000 suits we need to be worried about in the air
If people by and large stopped flying except in emergency situations, the airline industry would lose so much money that they would be forced to scale back their draconian policies and made sincere effort to once again make flying an enjoyable experience
But really that goes for everything in life..
The squeaky wheel Always gets the grease; all others get ignored
Been boycotting the airlines for 16 years and counting..
Just wish others would do the same
Posted by Susquehanna at Wednesday, April 12, 2017