aaflt1871
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30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:43 am

Just reading the business section of the Washington Post this morning and I came across this article on the front page stating that the rule that no one be allowed to get up out of their seats over Washington Airspace came to an ending last evening. "Homeland Security Secretary Michale Chertoff said earlier this week that the rule was no longer necessary because other security measures are now in place, such as hardened cockpit doors and air marshalls aboard all Washington flights." It also goes on to stat that the highly lucrative shuttle route between Washington and New York has declined 18% over the last 4 years due to the rule that was in place, with passengers opting to take the train instead.

Below is a link to NBC channel 4 for Washington D.C. Also starting in August private planes may once again fly into DCA

http://www.nbc4.com/news/4729719/detail.html

http://www.nbc4.com/news/4718972/detail.html

[Edited 2005-07-16 20:52:12]
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broncoguy
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RE: 30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:47 am

This seems to be a really good move, even though I don't see why it would be such a big deal unless someone has to use the lav really, really, really bad.
 
hawk44
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RE: 30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Sun Jul 17, 2005 2:06 pm

I think in a way it's a good rule but in another way it's a terrible rule.

A year after 9/11 flying into DCA the flight attendant made the annoucement that 30 minutes from DCA nobody was to get out of their seats. Well 30 minutes roles around she makes the annoucement and every old person on the flight stood up to use the bathroom like they all instantly had to go thank god we did not divert into IAD but the crew did run to block the cockpit.

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exFATboy
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RE: 30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:58 pm

I never understood the need for this rule - or the business about the FAs blocking the aisle with carts - once the flight deck door upgrades were installed. Or do the "armoured" cockpit doors not live up to their billing?
 
kdonohue
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RE: 30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:15 am

Can't understand why someone would opt to take the train, because they couldn't get out of their seat 30 minutes before or after taking off to DCA. I flew into DCA and YYZ a few years back and didn't see the big deal, except for the fact that I was sitting on the wrong side of the aircraft to get a good view of the city, and wasn't able to quickly dash over to an empty seat on the other side of the aircraft.

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newkai
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RE: 30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:18 am

Are the air marshalls really on *all* flights?
 
FLAIRPORT
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RE: 30 Minute Rule At DCA Comes To An End

Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:25 am

Quoting Hawk44 (Reply 2):
Well 30 minutes roles around she makes the annoucement and every old person on the flight stood up to use the bathroom like they all instantly had to go thank god we did not divert into IAD but the crew did run to block the cockpit.

Why is it that the FAs run to block the door in this case and the pilots don't let you get up when they use the lav. It seems that everyone is paranoid... If I was a FA I wouldn't make it into a big deal that every old person (which on the FL routes is 90% of the plane) gets up...its not like they're going to do anything. I'm telling you, this is almost like a police state up there.
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