I was just reading the thread of DL521 JFK-ATL. Now it is not my intention to point fingers or to place blame on anyone or any airline. We ( passengers and crew ) have experienced severe delays on the tarmac quite recently and unfortunately, things happen. So, here is my question to the flight attendants that must endure these situations:
Let's say we are on a Boeing 757 flying from JFK - ATL and divert to AGS. It's summertime, hot, full load, and duty time is about to expire. Only a 50 mins flight to ATL. Instead of passing out cups of ice to passengers to offset the heat, would it be possible to set up beverage carts in the galleys at 1L/1R, 4L/4R, and 2L/2R? Passengers can then self-serve their own beverages and at the same time, ( Air France, for example, sets up beverage carts during the longer flights for the passengers convenience ) the flight crew can take a 'break' and leave the aircraft in a rotating break schedule ( rotating so that at least 1 F/A stays on board in the cabin at all times ). The F/A's can leave the aircraft for an hour, let's say. I say 1 hour because it will allow enought time to taxi to runway, fly, land, and taxi to the parking stand. The whole idea is to remain on board the aircraft when in flight without your duty time expiring.
I understand there is a labor contract to be upheld and the galley may be stocked for additional flights on that aircraft for the very same day, however, these are human beings who have basic human rights. If quantities of beverages are seriously low at the next station, then cabin crew should relate this to ground staff, and the ground staff should make an announcement over the PA to warn the passengers so they can purchase beverages and take them onboard. When temperatures exceed high 70's and into 80F inside an aircraft without power during the summer, I'm sorry but someone ( Cpt, F/O, F/A, Purser, etc ) should take some ownership and make an executive decision.
On a side note, I have been flying Delta domestically since the purchase of Pan Am and "I love the way you fly!" - but this really disappoints me in a very sad way.
p.s. Does this only happen in the United States? Does this happen anywhere else in the world and I just don't know?
[Edited 2007-09-08 05:50:15]