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by PITingres
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

My god, it seems that in this thread every possible component of the 737 MAX has been dissected, scrutinized and debated. I can't believe that there's anything left to discuss but I suspect some people will always find something else to analyze. This thread is now on its 40th and still counting pag...

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by PITingres
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

... Since two pilots were able to control the Lion Air plane, the probable cause seems to me to be the apparent failure to communicate the situation and cure to the third pilot, leaving him to figure it out on his own. Or not, as the unfortunate case turned out to be. .... in the ET case there seem...

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by PITingres
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Keep in mind that the NTSB is required by US law to find a (singular) probable cause, and "probable cause" is not formally defined as far as I know. My understanding of the usage over time is that the probable cause is generally deemed to be the last link in the chain(*), and other causes ...

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by PITingres
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

the Lion Air crash -- given what we know externally -- is likely to be written up just as 2175301 has stated. 2175301 wrote that a main reason he (I'm assuming he) doesn't feel that MCAS is the main cause (although he used the term root cause almost exclusively) is because the previous Lion Air cre...

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by PITingres
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

I’m not an expert, so forgive me a naive question. But isn’t labeling everything on Boeing side as something that created a problem (without judging the actual weight and scale of it) a simplification? Let’s say (exaggerating strongly) that half of the wings fell off during a flight, but a crew man...

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by PITingres
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

1) The MCAS/Flight Computer failure/issues was not the primary reason for the Lion Air crash. Yes that system failure created a problem and exposed a situation that led to the crash. I’m not an expert, so forgive me a naive question. But isn’t labeling everything on Boeing side as something that cr...

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by PITingres
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2303
Views: 303186

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

I pop into this thread (and its predecessor) every now and then looking for sanity and reason, and I have to say I haven't found much of either. Lots of stereotyping, foolish generalizing, and xenophobic BS though. Props to Revelation (and a few others) for hanging in there, quite a thankless positi...

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by PITingres
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 48 minute connection in ATL.
Replies: 6
Views: 912

Re: 48 minute connection in ATL.

If the inbound isn't late and you're not sitting in the back rows, it's probably doable. I think I'd try to get an earlier first leg if at all possible. If you miss, sounds like you're waiting until the next day.

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by PITingres
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385150

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

For critical product, such as an airplane, any part of s/w outsourced is too much. You lose point of accountability and you lose control over transfer of expertise when developers leaves the company. Bat puckey. Outsourcing is not inherently good or bad. It depends on who you are outsourcing to. Pr...

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by PITingres
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 2282

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

For me, 787, for the windows and cabin altitude / humidity. The 767 would probably come in second for the 2-3-2 layout. I would like to like the A330's but it seems every time I get on one, I am stuck with a gigantic underseat box for the IFE and I can't stretch my feet or put my laptop bag there. (...

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by PITingres
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 95
Views: 5975

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

Saab 340, with the CR2 in second place. Any widebody where I have to sit anywhere in the middle section is third place...

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by PITingres
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 19319

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

From an ecological point of view, we have to limit intercontinental travel, national travel, all travel. And with video conferencing and virtual reality there is really no need to pollute with so much CO2.... Unfortunately the second statement is false, or at least mostly false. Many times one has ...

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by PITingres
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"
Replies: 25
Views: 6700

Re: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"

I think that the current design was far ahead of its time and is being too casually dismissed. With half the current costs of the proposed design it could be updated to something as efficient as needed with room to grow. Luggage movements, as learned by DEN, could be automated further. I see the ne...

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by PITingres
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"
Replies: 25
Views: 6700

Re: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"

Will they build a new mega terminal to replace all terminals? No. Basically, the idea is to ditch the existing landside terminal, which has more flaws than you can shake a stick at IMO, and build a new landside operations terminal area onto the existing airside terminal between arms C and D. Replac...

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by PITingres
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"
Replies: 25
Views: 6700

Re: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"

Mr. Katselas is merely griping because he was not selected to be on the design team to re-do his original design of the terminal. You don't think his arguments have any merit? No, or at least very little. The landside building is a dog. The transit sucks money and time. Security space is wildly ins...

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by PITingres
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6151

Re: How many US states have you visited?

43. Missing Alaska, Hawaii, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho. In 2016 I was in Memphis for 2 weeks, and was planning to add Arkansas (via taxi if necessary!); but unfortunately volunteered to take on a project that took all weekend! (updating ISO/IEC 9075 Part 2 Annexes B and C).

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by PITingres
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Condor? Safety and experiences
Replies: 6
Views: 936

Re: Condor? Safety and experiences

Safety, no problem. On-time, I dunno - only flew them once (FRA-PIT) and had no issues.

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by PITingres
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: NZ CEO hints longer range 787
Replies: 60
Views: 12359

Re: NZ CEO hints longer range 787

Over the years, I've often read that the 787 family MTOW is actually landing gear limited, and that both 789 and 78J were right up against that limit. I've no idea how true that is, but if it's true, it would seem that any real improvements would come from lowering empty weight rather than raising M...

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by PITingres
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Barbados Concorde Closed
Replies: 29
Views: 8464

Re: Barbados Concorde Closed

TTailedTiger wrote:
What's in Barbados for someone to need to get there in such a hurry?


In addition to what's already been said, BGI has an unobstructed, long runway suitable for LHR flights with the Concorde (or any other commercial jet currently in service, as far as I know).

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by PITingres
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1307
Views: 173246

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2019

EI PIT to Dublin would sure make my occasional HAM trips easier! Last few times I had to go thru BOS (ugh) or pay a fortune.

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by PITingres
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?
Replies: 77
Views: 6318

Re: What's your favorite/least favorite airport to connect through?

CDG gets hated on a lot, but it's way better than it used to be. Still not great, though. DTW and MSP are both nice. SIN is impressive. I think my worst recent experience was MEL (domestic to international). LAX can be OK or dreadful depending on your connection. FRA likewise, signage can be tricky.

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by PITingres
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104885

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Unlike many here, I did not enjoy flying the A380 in the least. From a product management standpoint it clearly missed the mark; I bet the engineers working on it would have liked a second chance to do it a bit differently. Still, it was a remarkable airplane. I agree. It redefined cattle call. Fle...

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by PITingres
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104885

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Unlike many here, I did not enjoy flying the A380 in the least. From a product management standpoint it clearly missed the mark; I bet the engineers working on it would have liked a second chance to do it a bit differently. Still, it was a remarkable airplane. Can you explain why you do not enjoy f...

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by PITingres
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 870
Views: 104885

Re: [Rumor] Airbus to announce end of A380 production

Unlike many here, I did not enjoy flying the A380 in the least. From a product management standpoint it clearly missed the mark; I bet the engineers working on it would have liked a second chance to do it a bit differently. Still, it was a remarkable airplane.

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by PITingres
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL apologizes and pulls “creepy” napkins with Coke ad
Replies: 50
Views: 4562

Re: DL apologizes and pulls “creepy” napkins with Coke ad

I'm not real interested in getting into this debate, but I'll note two things: 1) "creepy" and "offensive" are not the same thing; 2) I'm willing to bet a seriously good dinner or three that female input into this thread is minimal if not zero, and far more women found the napkin...

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by PITingres
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest Movement at MDW
Replies: 41
Views: 5519

Re: Largest Movement at MDW

I find this thread curious, because had you asked me a few days ago about the L1011 and MDW, I would have told you with great assurance that I saw TZ operating them there with my own eyes. Makes me wonder where exactly I *did* see them ... it wasn't ORD, I know that for sure. It also makes an intere...

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by PITingres
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The solution to drone safety issues
Replies: 64
Views: 6193

Re: The solution to drone safety issues

The best solution is in strict laws and severe punishments. This would make anyone with plans for drone abuse think twice. The few ones that aren't scared off are going to be really sorry. Yes, because that sort of deterrence works really well as seen by how it stopped drug sales in America. Oh wai...

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by PITingres
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives
Replies: 50
Views: 6285

Re: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives

I was looking at PIT-CDG the most in 2012-2015 and my recollection is that it was generally around $2200+ round trip. I haven't priced it for a couple years so maybe it came down. In my case at least, I was rarely terminating in Paris, and it was going to be pretty tough to justify PIT-CDG-xxx when ...

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by PITingres
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives
Replies: 50
Views: 6285

Re: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives

It's not clear that airport management haven't attempted to sustain the subsidized services. For instance, I think PIT-CDG went partly because it was overpriced, and the airport can't do much about that. I'll agree that one or two of their choices maybe weren't the best, but I don't agree with not t...

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by PITingres
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives
Replies: 50
Views: 6285

Re: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives

It's the Trib. Their circulation numbers must be off again. :-) I don't know who this person is who is being quoted, and I refuse to click on a Trib link, but it sounds like a free-market pseudo-purist, someone who doesn't realize that the private sector does the same thing all the time. Except ther...

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by PITingres
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made
Replies: 98
Views: 5719

Re: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made

PIT-EWR-MCI and PIT-IAH-LHR come to mind. Also, I once did PIT-SFO outbound and something like SFO-BUR-DFW-PIT home.

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by PITingres
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210133

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

I'm not advocating for DE to charge rock bottom prices, but I'd like to be able to get to/from Europe for under $1000 in the summer, and less during the remainder of the year, which is what they offer. That would be fine with me as well. BA looks to be loaded for $1400 r/t, which isn't as high as I...

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by PITingres
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210133

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

I will very much miss the WW flights, and I sure hope DE steps up because BA will almost certainly be expensive. I could afford to have my wife join me on WW but I doubt that's going to happen on BA. Not to mention that the TATL experience was much nicer going through KEF than flying on a crowded wi...

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by PITingres
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fly Jamaica 757 RWY excursion
Replies: 71
Views: 16168

Re: Fly Jamaica 757 RWY excursion

Boeing seems to be having the majority of bad incidents recently as compared to Airbus. The lion air crash and now this seem to point towards a badly aging aircrafts and lack of due diligence while commissioning new variants. What seems to be the reason for these recurring issues in primarily Boein...

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by PITingres
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Pax Told to Sit in Feces-Stained Seat
Replies: 113
Views: 16291

Re: DL Pax Told to Sit in Feces-Stained Seat

If he sat in it he is a fool. I would have created a major fuss and left the plane. Even as a passenger in the adjacent seat I would have walked off. The airline should find out who occupied the seat prior (perhaps an emotional support animal) as someone mentioned. Not to blame an animal, but it co...

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by PITingres
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'
Replies: 74
Views: 17010

Re: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'

Going almost anywhere other than NYC would have been a better choice. BA has a large presence at JFK. They have their own terminal, and many daily flights from it. I would guess they have some maintenance capacity, either directly or by contract..... None of which helped the passengers on this flig...

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by PITingres
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'
Replies: 74
Views: 17010

Re: BA2036 passengers in three-day journey 'hell'

I suspect that the one bad decision here was to divert to JFK. Sure, it sounds plausible, but someone should have realized that it was going to be a passenger nightmare. JFK has plenty of operations side resources but essentially zero passenger side resources. Going almost anywhere other than NYC wo...

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by PITingres
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210133

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

The funny thing is that nearly all of my WOW travel *is* business (TATL). The less I pay in airfare, the lower the company's travel expenses and the better chance for a good year-end bonus for everyone (the bonus is a fixed formula, not a manager whim sort of thing). But yeah, I hope you are right. ...

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by PITingres
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210133

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

For myself I'd prefer that it stay WOW. I like the WOW service and price structure, and the only bad things (IMO) about WOW were consistent lateness and lack of TSA Pre. The FI takeover should fix the latter, sooner or later, and a couple more A320 NEO's in the system would help to fix the former.

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by PITingres
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CDG Transfer
Replies: 12
Views: 1272

Re: CDG Transfer

Signage and general traffic flow through CDG has improved considerably in the last few years. I did a number of transfers arriving on Delta in 2015-2016, and it was immensely improved over the bad old days of mystery signage and Gallic shoulder shrugs. You should be fine with 2 hours if you don't da...

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by PITingres
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Axes JFK and DFW Routes: is Their Model Failing?
Replies: 112
Views: 23202

Re: WOW Air Axes JFK and DFW Routes: is Their Model Failing?

I can't speak to all routes, but for PIT at least, Iceland tourism has relatively little to do with it. Disagree; O&D between PIT and KEF has expanded exponentially since WW started service. Most people I know that have flown WW were going to Iceland. Hmm. Would be interesting to see the actual...

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by PITingres
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Axes JFK and DFW Routes: is Their Model Failing?
Replies: 112
Views: 23202

Re: WOW Air Axes JFK and DFW Routes: is Their Model Failing?

the Iceland tourism bubble is about to burst. I can't speak to all routes, but for PIT at least, Iceland tourism has relatively little to do with it. From here, WOW are filling planes with people trying to get to Europe on a budget, and quite frankly, I'd pay maybe 25% more to fly WOW's route given...

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by PITingres
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing
Replies: 51
Views: 5113

Re: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing

I actually have some sympathy for airline pricing by endpoints rather than miles; as bob75013 points out, there are valid reasons to want to do that from a marketing standpoint. Problem is, it opens up a gaping hole in the pricing model, and the airlines want to eat their cake and have it too. They ...

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by PITingres
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Threatens Customers with Collections for using Skipplagged/hidden city ticketing
Replies: 51
Views: 5113

Re: UA Threatens Individual Customers with Collections/Bad Credit RE: Skipplagging

I understand this violates the contract of carriage, but I don't think too many people are going to have the slightest sympathy for a pricing system that charges less for more. UA are just going to make themselves look like greedy morons if they follow up on this. IMO they should have stuck to a ban...

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by PITingres
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed
Replies: 103
Views: 12860

Re: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed

This is way out of hand at this point. I've flown 30-something legs this year and I can't remember a single one in which I didn't see a non-service animal of some variety on board. Zowie. I don't know what airlines or routes you fly, but they must be way different from mine. I haven't seen a non-se...

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by PITingres
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed
Replies: 103
Views: 12860

Re: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed

The part that really makes me angry is that there are people with valid emotional issues who fly with properly trained support animals. This sort of nonsense makes their life that much harder, since now they are lumped in with the jerks. IMHO, the concept of emotional support animals is a complete ...

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by PITingres
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed
Replies: 103
Views: 12860

Re: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed

The part that really makes me angry is that there are people with valid emotional issues who fly with properly trained support animals. This sort of nonsense makes their life that much harder, since now they are lumped in with the jerks.

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by PITingres
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Checked Baggage
Replies: 8
Views: 1170

Re: Checked Baggage

I personally hate dealing with overhead bins, so I check my luggage and tend to favor airlines that don't charge for it. (meaning, WN domestically.) My laptop bag goes under the seat. I don't tend to do trips where saving 30 minutes at the airport matters, so waiting for luggage is a non-event excep...

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by PITingres
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210133

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Condor (and WW) really need to up their ground handling game. I always fly (flew) DL to CDG when heading to Europe. I know three people who have flown the Condor flight and it was never fun. Two had many hour delays. The other had Condor lose their luggage (both pieces) for their entire two week ho...

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by PITingres
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210133

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

I have to wonder how much WOW had to do with the loss of CDG as well. I fly TATL regularly, but not frequently, and tried to use the DL CDG when possible, but with the fares DL were charging it was hard. Before WOW, I could point to some mid-$1000's route and say to the suits, well, it's only a bit ...

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