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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats next at IAH?
Replies: 123
Views: 13705

Re: Whats next at IAH?

I just wish UA would bring back some of the smaller Texas cities. I know AA has a better lock on the domestic traffic for many but a few would be welcome if the economics ever improve. Kirby's talked about it, but so far damn near little movement on that front. UA (old CO, really) ceded a lot of th...

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats next at IAH?
Replies: 123
Views: 13705

Re: Whats next at IAH?

Sadly UA stopped IAH-DAL (which I took often and miss) WN gets "control" four of the five int'l gates at HOU if I recall correctly. I do not remember if they use the fifth or not, but one is supposed to be around for other players (Copa to PTy one day? Long shot I know, or a Mexican low co...

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 227
Views: 28463

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

AA seems to want to serve Oneworld mostly with its own metal, for several possible reasons. Almost every route that one of the OW partners would take is served. There are some outside secondary possibilities - DME (on AA metal), NGO (JAL), BCN (IB), MEL (QF) - but really the biggest outstanding mar...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019
Replies: 130
Views: 13901

Re: CONFIRMED: Air France Announces Dallas-Paris starting 2019

There are parks and museum here, but I would say that overall Dallas is not pedestrian or cyclist friendly. There is a decent commuter rail system, but the vast majority of folks prefer to drive. The traffic is bad, but not like in Houston. .! Both Dallas and Austin have worse traffic than Houston ...

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats next at IAH?
Replies: 123
Views: 13705

Re: Whats next at IAH?

KLM did not "pull the plug" on the 74M, they are retiring the planes. A change had to be made. The more annoying part of IAH bag claims is that there is no domestic claim for E and all domestic ops have to over to C. Terminal D does not need a claim as 98% of those flights are internationa...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level
Replies: 34
Views: 5818

Re: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level

The majority of people live near sea-level, why does this surprise people?

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 29669

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

Cutting a few routes and adding double the amount? Expanding across the oceans and state lines more and more. "State lines" is non-sequitur to my note on North Atlantic flying; however, going by the analysis posted here in the AA announcements thread, AA made various international cuts, t...

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by FlyingSicilian
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 29669

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

‍​‌‌‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‌‌​​‌‌​‍PHL to Berlin (TXL); Bologna, Italy (BLQ); and Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV): Will be added summer seasonal service to these cities, operated on Boeing 767s between June and September 2019 ‍ ​‌‌‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‌‌​​‌‌​‍PHL to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI): This n...

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by FlyingSicilian
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 29669

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

True statement. PHX is only becoming larger and im shocked that there are still pesimists out there thinking PHX would be closed. I see LAX shrinking before PHX will (and thats not happening). Cut out some tourism and PHX is basically your LAX for connections inside the continental US & HI. AA ...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue , United Hike Checked Bag Fee
Replies: 20
Views: 2296

Re: JetBlue , United Hike Checked Bag Fee

Are bag "fees" taxed by the Feds/IRS? I know some are/were not versus actual fare prices.

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by FlyingSicilian
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Neeleman Talking to Meacham Field (Ft.Worth, TX) About Moxy?
Replies: 29
Views: 3368

Re: Is Neeleman Talking to Meacham Field (Ft.Worth, TX) About Moxy?

There are over 1.5 million people within 20 miles of FTW and over 2 million within 25 - - So there is certainly a pool of travellers to draw from. Having an airline with the name/perks of a bigger player would be key to success in my opinion, or a larger niche player; but again a full service could ...

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by FlyingSicilian
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Neeleman Talking to Meacham Field (Ft.Worth, TX) About Moxy?
Replies: 29
Views: 3368

Re: Is Neeleman Talking to Meacham Field (Ft.Worth, TX) About Moxy?

Maybe I am colored by the fact that I live on the Dallas side of the Metroplex, but Dallas is (and has been) much much larger than Fort Worth, and I would think that the demographics would tend to be against a successful operation out of Meacham field. Yes, Keller and the Northern areas around Fort...

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by FlyingSicilian
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/26/2018:AA Drops PHL-FRA/MUC/GLA,PAP-FLL/JFK,DFWPBC,LAXYYZ;AS Drops ABQ-SFO/SNA,LAXMEX;UA Adds DEN-FLG/STS
Replies: 85
Views: 11229

Re: OAG Changes 8/26/2018:AA Drops PHL-FRA/MUC/GLA,PAP-FLL/JFK,DFWPBC,LAXYYZ;AS Drops ABQ-SFO/SNA,LAXMEX;UA Adds DEN-FLG

AA changes already discussed in length on that giant AA thread some time ago so I'll just refer to my comments there.

As for the others it is interesting to see NK beef up service from leisure markets to bigger cities like IAH, PHL, etc I presume they are doing just fine against the big four.

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Neeleman Talking to Meacham Field (Ft.Worth, TX) About Moxy?
Replies: 29
Views: 3368

Re: Is Neeleman Talking to Meacham Field (Ft.Worth, TX) About Moxy?

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I posted a thread on FTW a few weeks ago where they noted they were preparing for commercial service in 18 months. They are actively courting service unless AA is completely freaking out.

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 8667

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

I wonder how much and what kind of business SQ does on its SIN-MAN-IAH route? Seems a very unique routing for this destination, given what has been discussed here. I fly this a couple of times a year. Lots of biz traffic but you hear plenty of folks talking about tourism on the flight also. It is g...

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 8667

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

Having flown into both several times, as others have noted they have different things to offer. Chester and North Wales are great (I have been to visit friends there several times) but EDI sells a lot more tourism stateside than MAN does. As others have noted the media plays a part, and Scotland inv...

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM
Replies: 22
Views: 5368

Re: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM

Surely Guam and tourism is an oxymoron... Tons of tourists and shoppers. Gucci, Rolex, Hard Rock, big shopping mall and high end brands...not for the locals really. Even the Ross and K-Mart are packed with Russians and Chinese buying boxes of items to ship home since Guam has its own 30 visa waiver...

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest count of 747 Combis still flying
Replies: 46
Views: 10524

Re: Latest count of 747 Combis still flying

Saw one at Houston IAH yesterday afternoon while driving in for a flight. They had the back cargo door up and were loading large pallets at the gate. Somewhat rare sight for me to see!

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT to allow non-pax through security
Replies: 81
Views: 9821

Re: PIT to allow non-pax through security

Do you have to pay the 9-11 security fee, $2.50 or whatever it is which is basically what you pay to go through TSA for a flight, to get the pass?

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops
Replies: 111
Views: 13433

Re: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops

I'm yet to hear about somebody going to Houston for specialized doctor treatment. For that, wealthy people are going to Cleveland, Harrisburg, DC and Phoenix, not to Houston. And when they do go to one of those places, they take their private 747SPs with them. . I am not getting into the many, many...

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tommy Lee's Mile High Adventure on AA
Replies: 20
Views: 10536

Re: Tommy Lee's Mile High Adventure on AA

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Well his girlfriend was in the 2015 movie short "How to have sex on a plane"...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5213378/?ref_=nmbio_mbio

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by FlyingSicilian
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a Wilmington, DE-based airline work?
Replies: 37
Views: 3528

Re: Would a Wilmington, DE-based airline work?

Frontier makes Trenton work pulling from the northside better than they did pulling from south at ILG. I would concur with something like Allegiant trying it again with subsidies. Signage is still on the highways ;-)

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by FlyingSicilian
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 14234

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

I wonder if WN would rather serve AFW than DFW? Wasn't AFW covered by the 5-party agreement? The provision of the 5-party agreement that restricted commercial passenger air service in the DFW area to DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field had expired on October 13, 2014, and the 5-party agreement does n...

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: This is why everything should stop on the ramp during storms
Replies: 13
Views: 7339

Re: This is why everything should stop on the ramp during storms

I was flying out of IAH Wednesday late afternoon and we also had a ramp stop due to lightening within 5. Sometimes folks forget why, but this is a good illustration!

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by FlyingSicilian
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates terminates TAAG Angola management contract
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: Emirates terminates TAAG Angola management contract

There is no way that TAAG will ever fly to Houston now, as oil isn't doing so good and the airline is doing pretty bad. Otherwise, is SonAir still flying the IAH-LAD-IAH route? How many weekly frequencies on the route? Yes, via Atlas Air high biz-class 747s, thrice weekly non-stop. They are opening...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-16 Down at KEFD
Replies: 7
Views: 1506

Re: F-16 Down at KEFD

The Texas Air Guard Vipers at EFD were retired and the 111FS/147FW transitioned to UAVs at EFD and RC-26s. Now the Oklahoma Air Guard out of Tulsa has a "permanent" detachment down in Houston at EFD for the NORAD missions and alerts (EFD was actually one of 7 bases on alert before 11 Sep 0...

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri May 19, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's 9th life: announcing LAX, DEL, MLE
Replies: 56
Views: 13974

Re: Alitalia's 9th life: announcing LAX, DEL, MLE

What will happen first: Alitalia going out of business or the new Berlin airport opening?

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri May 12, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is it ‘twenty-seventeen’ or ‘two-thousand and seventeen’?
Replies: 28
Views: 3277

Re: Is it ‘twenty-seventeen’ or ‘two-thousand and seventeen’?

Use it all you like, but it is not needed for clarity or purpose. nor definition. No one said it was. There is a long list of things that people (from all countries/cultures/whatever) say that are not necessary. . and the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, what is your point LOL I never said anyon...

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by FlyingSicilian
Tue May 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public
Replies: 34
Views: 7483

Re: Sonair (Houston Express) opens flights to the public

This route has been around a very, very long time and does well at the prices they charge. The major players in Houston are all members so they can book seats. It is the smaller and some mid-size players that are not, and often have to take a much more circuitous routing. Just a few months ago Chevr...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun May 07, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is it ‘twenty-seventeen’ or ‘two-thousand and seventeen’?
Replies: 28
Views: 3277

Re: Is it ‘twenty-seventeen’ or ‘two-thousand and seventeen’?

IIRC it should be two thousand seventeen (without the 'and') should you use that option. The 'and' signifies a decimal (or comma in Europe) so two thousand and seventeen would be 2000.17 whereas two-thousand seventeen would be 2017. No it doesn't in English. We say one hundred and two, three thousa...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun May 07, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is it ‘twenty-seventeen’ or ‘two-thousand and seventeen’?
Replies: 28
Views: 3277

Re: Is it ‘twenty-seventeen’ or ‘two-thousand and seventeen’?

IIRC it should be two thousand seventeen (without the 'and') should you use that option. The 'and' signifies a decimal (or comma in Europe) so two thousand and seventeen would be 2000.17 whereas two-thousand seventeen would be 2017.

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun May 07, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Guam to the Mainland?
Replies: 47
Views: 8736

Re: Guam to the Mainland?

Where is the demand? U.S. military: There are enlisted and service personnel at both ends. Cargo: Those Asians tourist on Guam craving for fresh seafood and other fresh produce from Alaska. I disagree on both accounts. Any military traffic would be better served through Hawaii or San Diego consider...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sat May 06, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA DFW-FCO/AMS Inaugural Today!!
Replies: 109
Views: 17261

Re: AA DFW-FCO/AMS Inaugural Today!!

Yah, but we're talking 75's and 76's that are pushing the three decade mark... Irrelevant, as others have noted it is what you put inside the a/c that matters (just look inside Trumps old 727...) As an E-3 guy you should know that; I have over 2000 hours flying in the aircraft and old can fly just ...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sat May 06, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United applies for additional Havana frequencies
Replies: 21
Views: 4208

Re: United applies for additional Havana frequencies

CALLED IT! :-D But seriously, Houston has the 3rd fastest growing Cuban community in the US after Miami and Tampa. It makes sense. and it can pick up basically all the west of the Mississippi traffic, which is not much compared to Florida and Jersey, but still enough to warrant a flight I would pre...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sat May 06, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated March 2017 Loads
Replies: 15
Views: 2155

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated March 2017 Loads

kitplane01 wrote:
I don't know if I believe these numbers. There are 4,000 more seats arriving at DFW that leaving? Is DFW accumulating seats to start a collection??


as noted up thread, QANTAS blocks seats on the westbound flight, sometimes up to 100 a day...

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by FlyingSicilian
Sat May 06, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United applies for additional Havana frequencies
Replies: 21
Views: 4208

Re: United applies for additional Havana frequencies

CALLED IT! :-D But seriously, Houston has the 3rd fastest growing Cuban community in the US after Miami and Tampa. It makes sense. and it can pick up basically all the west of the Mississippi traffic, which is not much compared to Florida and Jersey, but still enough to warrant a flight I would pre...

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri May 05, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats next at IAH?
Replies: 123
Views: 13705

Re: Whats next at IAH?

Yeah, terminal D is a bit bland, as it was cut down a bit during design and during construction due to the oil bust, but it is usable. I do find it a bit annoying when they board two large aircraft flights departing within ten minutes of each other right at D4 and 5 as it gets crowded, but the termi...

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by FlyingSicilian
Fri May 05, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA EWR passenger sent to SFO instead of CDG
Replies: 127
Views: 18809

Re: UA EWR PAS SENT TO SFO instead of CDG

While I agree the pax should have noticed the change, the fact UA let her board the wrong flight and a flight attendant, one presumes, did not look at the BP or did and missed CDG is a red flag for them to tighten up procedures or retrain some staff.

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by FlyingSicilian
Thu May 04, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Second Airline in a Week "Suspends" Guam Operations
Replies: 23
Views: 7311

Re: Second Airline in a Week "Suspends" Guam Operations

This, coupled with the third world USSR-like reception one receives when arriving at US Customs tends to leave a sour taste in the mouth of tourists. Guam has its own customs, separate from the mainland US as they are their own custom's union. One does have US CBP immigration however there is a sep...

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by FlyingSicilian
Thu May 04, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling With a Handgun
Replies: 16
Views: 1672

Re: Traveling With a Handgun

I flew with a handgun from PHL to IAH on UA the other day and no zip ties at pick up, standard paperwork and procedures really. YMMV

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by FlyingSicilian
Thu May 04, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New TSA rule about taking paper products and food out of bags for screening?
Replies: 13
Views: 3595

Re: New TSA rule about taking paper products and food out of bags for screening?

That "news" report also cites reddit and twitter. I guess you missed the part where they interviewed the actual first person witnesses...how feckless and inane of the clerks at TSA. If one had any ability to search the internet there are other postings and articles about the trial (and th...

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by FlyingSicilian
Thu May 04, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA at Hobby
Replies: 22
Views: 3324

Re: AA at Hobby

Sidenote- I miss the old AUS-HOU-LGA on AA. I miss the old Continental IAH-EFD (and HOU) city service also. AA carries some cruise traffic from OKC via DFW to Hobby also (yes WN carries more) and as others have noted for Galveston/Pearland/Clear Lake NASA/MED Center and south areas Hobby is often ea...

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed May 03, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New TSA rule about taking paper products and food out of bags for screening?
Replies: 13
Views: 3595

Re: New TSA rule about taking paper products and food out of bags for screening?

Smacks of fake news. Sources are facebook, reddit, and twitter... http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/kci-passengers-say-security-asked-them-to-remove-all-paper-items-from-bags That "news" report also cites reddit and twitter. I guess you missed the part where they interviewed the actual ...

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by FlyingSicilian
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement
Replies: 126
Views: 18850

Re: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement

UNITED admits all fault, City of Chicago is released and cannot be sued per the agreement.

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by FlyingSicilian
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies for more HAV service
Replies: 21
Views: 4164

Re: AA Applies for more HAV service

As LAXdude noted he said fastest growing, not largest, re IAH.

That said, UA flies Houston-IAH to Havana every Saturday. Daily would be nice at some point when/if travel rules relax more

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by FlyingSicilian
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports in desperate need of more gates
Replies: 102
Views: 14787

Re: Airports in desperate need of more gates

CTA could use more. The "new" (coming up on 10 yrs) terminal, while nice, is already at capacity many days and the bus transfers, while more common in Europe, are getting so common hardstands are filling up too.

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by FlyingSicilian
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Sign Behind Home Plate in Philadelphia
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Re: United Airlines Sign Behind Home Plate in Philadelphia

I fly UA often into and out of PHL and they seem fairly healthy there; they even have a nice little United Club.

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