First, I appreciate those members who have appropriately answered my question. However, I never fathomed such a misunderstanding. Continental and ThirtyEcho: no, I am not an airline pilot. As my profile (and Timz) explicitly says, I am a mechanical engineering student at UCLA. I'm not sure where your misunderstanding finds its roots, but if you read my original post, it says: "I spoke to the first officer after the flight." Hawkeye2, had I been flying UA, your assumption most likely would have been correct! And OPNLguy, as always, I appreciate your professionalism and willingness to share your wealth of knowledge.
I hope this serves as a reminder that in the future, please carefully read each post and don't jump to conclusions. It really detracts from the potential knowledge gain of this great forum. Thank you!