I, incidentally, think that Chris probably does not have a career as a travel write, or anything else involving aviation. Chris, I say that with a smile on my face. I replied to what I consider a horribly uninformed trip report, and you replied to me, and we kept respectful tones (although I must admit, you did better than I did) SO- I think I can pretty much say what I think, and you as well, and we will both be just fine. I don't think that you are an imbecile, and you probably don't think that I am, either.
What I wish to say is that we the aviation enthusiasts clearly did NOT impress on you that there is not a Craftsman or Snap On tool that is capable of changing wind currents. How do I know this?
"Oh how smooth it was and the wings WEREN'T BOUNCING!!! (A+ in take off and plane maintenance for AirTran"
Good takeoff? Yes. Give credit to God for that, seriously. Good maintenance? Irrelevant. It does not matter how many times I change the oil in my car, when I go over a speed bump, it's still, well, bumpy. Does that make sense?
I like AirTran too, and hope to fly them someday. The 717 is my favorite- I have already flown that bird with TWA. But no matter how much I like or dislike that company, I cannot credit a bumpy or smooth ride to the guy that turns a torque wrench. Or even the pilot. If- and this is important Chris, because you missed it the last time I said it- IF
Air Traffic Control assigns him a certain altitude, he cannot, except in emergency, disobey their request. He can ask- "Fort Worth control, this is critter two-four-niner, it's a bit bumpy here at FL230, can we get a bit higher?" or whatever. But if ATC says, "Critter two-four-niner, please hold present altitude," then TOO BAD. The pilot can't just 'steer around' the bumps.
Incidentally, you say, "if only I had cash" in reference to ordering from Skymall. I don't think they take cash.
The flight attendant never gave you your pretzels? And you actually ASKED for them (a far improvement from NOT ASKING the last one to take the brown backwash out of your flat coke)??? Then why on Earth do you favor the service on this flight over the last one, when the attendant TOOK your order and BROUGHT it to you? You're trying to tell me that good is bad, and bad is good???? I don't think the bishop approves of that practice, buddy.
I am sorry you didn't like Southwest. I am going to fly on them for the first time in YEARS this coming Wednesday on a 1 hour flight. Afterward, I may agree with you completely! But my judgement of their maintenance department will hardly be based on whether we hit turbulence.
I know this has been argued- very heatedly- over the last year, but AirTran's maintenance department has received much criticism since 2000. Whether deserved or not (I for one am at least suspicious, though not as much as others on this board, i.e. the paranoid) no one can argue that they had three (or was it four?) airplanes catch fire in just four months. Fortunately, no one died, but as the flames were burning through the business cabin floor... I would be far for fearful! And then, when the airline personell scrubbed the smoke out of the cargo hold BEFORE the FAA/NTSB investigators arrived... boy, that's weird too. Although, I believe ATL
got blamed for that.
Southwest has... not had an airframe destroyed by fire. And AirTran has had several.
Well, I hope that you are having a good weekend, and remember: Christians are like tea bags; you don't know what's in them until you throw them in boiling water.