NIKV69
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Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:08 pm

Sorry people got sidetracked and have to tape the 2AM replay. Judging by A&E's website nothing really new and exciting except for the kids on the wrong flight. I sure hope next season is a little better. Anyone that caught the 10PM showing post your opinions here! Let's hear them. I am going to watch in the morning and report back!

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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:15 pm

Don't bother wasting the tape in the VCR. It's the same thing every week, you didn't miss much, planes come ,planes go, people miss their flights, people make their flights, bags get lost, bags get found. The show seems to get worse every week, maybe they will expand it next season to include more things or else no one will care.
 
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:19 pm

You didn't miss much was one episode didn't see before. Was situation where 2 kids traveling on own and both their mother and the step-father (Especially the Mother!) wanted to go to the gate with both of the kids and made a scene with a SWA rep. Did get her way, but ended up putting kids on the wrong flight! (was gate change due to delay on another flight). Another pickled pax, this time before got to airport, allowed to 'dry out' before a later flight. 2nd was the 'wedding day blues' episode.
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:26 pm

Hmmm, just as I was afraid of, I am going to watch the new episode, I saw the repeat already. A&E has to do something here. They have to make this show a little more original or it won't last past next season. I myself think they need to keep the faces fresh. Though I could watch Anita all day most of the others have no value at all. I mean for pete's sake Colleen's ass is growing so much they will be landing planes on it! We need more new airports besides BWI and more faces and a couple of more HOTTIES! Remember one thing, Anna sucks at tennis but we never get tired of watching her!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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cha747
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:27 pm

sigh...the more they keep showing the same stuff, the more I get nervous about the potential trailer trash that will start to show-up at PHL after May 9  Big grin

All kidding aside...you can see that the enthusiasm for this show has waned on this board...I wonder if anybody who happened accross the first episode who is not an airline geek is still sticking to the show.

Before I get any flames about SWA and trailer trash...oh what the heck...bring it on!
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:29 pm

They did film a little Christmas show the SWA crew at MDW did.
 
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:34 pm

Cha747,

Your right in my opinion, WN does attract a good amount of trailer jobs. They love those low fares and you will probably see a few at PHL this summer. Don't despair. Also you are right, unless A&E get's their head out of their asses this show will crash and burn. I love it and I am getting impatient here myself. If I wasn't such a loyal fan of A&E I may have bailed but I keep the faith!
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:40 pm

The show has become more "Airport Psycho-hour" than a show about an "airline." It provides no behind-the-scenes looks at WN operations, instead focusing on some of the most wacked-out and unique passengers to be found. The crazy passengers who dominate each show's three segments -- not Southwest or its employees -- are the stars.

I bet I can predict next week's episode: a passenger gets drunk and is denied boarding; another passenger gets drunk but sobers up before the flight and is allowed on board; and a third passenger, also drunk or high as a kite, misses a wedding or funeral. How utterly enthralling. Here and there you see someone whose luggage got lost. What happened to, perhaps, a day in the life of a flight attendant? Or flying the line for a few segments with a cockpit crew? Hell, even "reality TV" from Dispatch would be better than watching Edna get trailer-trashed in the MDW bar before her flight.

"Airline" might as well be filmed in any public places -- Greyhound stations, hospitals, shopping malls. The "airline" is a sideshow, at best. I'm very disappointed; I agree with the post above and look forward to better offerings next season.
 
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 3:33 pm

My God was that awful! Just watched the new episode and it was pretty ugly. Anyone notice that white trash woman who raised a stink because both her and her husband couldn't accompany her two children to the gate had what looked like a shiner? Maybe her husband gave her a nice right hook when she wouldn't shut up. That whole audition thing was pretty awful as well. Though Anita was looking quite nice this show better improve and quick!
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:52 pm

NIKV69 and Cha747 - why not head to Dallas Love Field on a Monday morning and have a SWA employee get you past security into the gate area. Then observe the "trailer trash" to "Hugo Boss suit wearing businessmand" ratio.
 
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:33 pm

There are not more new episodes. The season is done. Next season adds
BWI to airports with "adventures".
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Wed Apr 07, 2004 10:56 am

I don't know if BWI is going to be as interesting as LAX, but I am hoping next season is better! I love the show but after the initial 3 or 4 weeks things kinda stalled with the same this pax is late or drunk or people getting bumped due to overselling.

I will be watching!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Thu Apr 08, 2004 4:04 am

GoingBoeing,

I have no doubt that the Hugo Boss Suit-types happily fly WN. It's just that they don't seem to make as much of a stink (no pun intended, of course) as the people who are featured on Airline and therefore are not featured on the show.
You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
 
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Thu Apr 08, 2004 4:30 am

Cha747 - if Airline covered, say, Delta Airlines - do you think that they would show the "typical" passenger who checks in boards the flight and deplanes and gets their bags without incident, or would they cover the folks who got refused boarding 10 minutes before the departure time because the doors had already been closed? Southwest carried over 72 million people last year. Airline profiled less than a hundred. Hardly enough to determine the "quality" of their typical passenger.
 
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Thu Apr 08, 2004 10:04 am

It is no secret that WN caters to trailer trash. It may not be a huge percentage but they are there. Goingboeing is right, the only people that get the spotlight is the ones who are drunk, late etc. I do like the ones that get bumped and really can't understand why. I love it!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Thu Apr 08, 2004 4:05 pm

The people on this board who claim WN caters to trailer trash don't hang out at airports much. If A&E focused on DL, UA, or NW, I would bet you would find as much fodder for the Jerry Springer show as you do on WN. Do you remember COPS when all they showed was drug busts? That show is still on after all these years. I would agree that they show too many drunks, though. That said, it is more fun to see all those fat, sloppy drunks try to board planes than passengers who quietly, happily and boringly board their LAX to PHX, MDW to MCI, or BWI to CLE flights. In other words, 99.99% of WN's passenger load would make a very boring show than the 0.01% that we see (and complain about because they all happen to have the same problems).

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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:06 pm

It is no secret that WN caters to trailer trash.

NIKV69 -My "trailer" is about 3,000 square feet (bought it new), own 3 cars, all less than 5 years old, and have a 6 figure income. WN "caters" to me. My neighbors and coworkers who fly usually choose Southwest. WN caters to them. WN was started as an airline for BUSINESS passengers. ANd it remains that way today.
 
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:36 pm

Goingboeing,

WN may have started as an airline that carried a lot of biz travelers but that is not the case today. How can you have a lot of biz pax when you have no biz class or first class? Sorry but AA is an airline that carries a lot of biz pax not WN.
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RE: Airline! Another Week Of Hijinks!

Thu Apr 08, 2004 10:58 pm

WN may have started as an airline that carried a lot of biz travelers but that is not the case today. How can you have a lot of biz pax when you have no biz class or first class? Sorry but AA is an airline that carries a lot of biz pax not WN.

If you asked the businessman in Kansas City whether he wanted biz or first class seats on a flight to Chicago, or hourly flights that allow him to fly up in the morning and back that afternoon, which do you think he will pick? How come AA went up against WN on DAL-AUS flights and pulled them rather quickly afterwards? Is Austin a hotbed of weekly "trailer trash" activities, or do you think a lot of business folks in Dallas might want to Jet down to Austin to lobby their state representative and fly home that night? Is DAL-HOU a big "leisure market"? How about LAX-OAK? PHX-LAX? Each of those city pairs has hourly service. As a matter of fact, since I usually "two step" from MCI to DAL on WN (via OKC), there were a number of "suits" doing the same exact thing.

For a better comparison, compare the number of "fully refundable" tickets sold by airline...those type tickets are the kind that business people usually buy. Southwest sells more "refundable" tickets than any other airline. Surely trailer trash isn't willing to pay the HIGHEST price for the ticket...are they? Here's what businesses want - an affordable fare and a convenient schedule. The fact that some of their employees might moan because Southwest doesn't offer a "first class seat", the bottom line is that the company that it issuing their paycheck is looking to save money on their travel expenses. If they can walk up to the counter and buy a transcon ticket for $600 total (round trip), do you think that they'll pop for another thousand dollars, just so their employee can hope for an upgrade into first?

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