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by kiowa
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: former SWA/Boeing pilot and the 737 Max crashes
Replies: 3
Views: 1439

former SWA/Boeing pilot and the 737 Max crashes

Wow! After the 737 MAX crashes, the Boeing 737 test pilot went to Southwest where he recently took a buy out. Now they are looking at federal charges against him. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10000429/Federal-prosecutors-reportedly-charge-former-737-MAX-test-pilot.html https://www.dallas...

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by kiowa
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA invest $200mil in GOL, expand partnership
Replies: 43
Views: 7280

Re: AA invest $200mil in GOL, expand partnership

Umm... why is AA investing in other airlines when it can't even support itself without government aid. I get the partnership would be great for both of them, but if AA can invest $200 Million on an airline, then it doesn't need government aid. I am surprised that the US government allows this befor...

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by kiowa
Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 16 years ago: NW and DL both file CH11 bankruptcy at nearly the same time
Replies: 58
Views: 8633

Re: 16 years ago: NW and DL both file CH11 bankruptcy at nearly the same time

southwest1675 wrote:
Miss Northwest, but this merger was definitely successful.


I believe it was successful due to the leadership brought over from NWA. They were a top notch group that very well could have saved both airlines. Interesting that they kept the Delta name.

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by kiowa
Tue Aug 31, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines reducing flights to reduce delays
Replies: 8
Views: 2539

Re: Airlines reducing flights to reduce delays

Hopefully they can spool it back up quickly when Delta is done.

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by kiowa
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines reducing flights to reduce delays
Replies: 8
Views: 2539

Re: Airlines reducing flights to reduce delays

there are several companies cutting some flights for various reasons. Staffing, training, aircraft problems, ect.

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by kiowa
Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines reducing flights to reduce delays
Replies: 8
Views: 2539

Airlines reducing flights to reduce delays

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/business ... index.html

Will this end up being the lucky move with the Delta variant of the Coronavirus affecting air travel again?
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/business ... index.html

Will this end up being the lucky move with the Delta variant of the Coronavirus affecting air travel again?

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by kiowa
Fri Aug 27, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7855

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

The US has the FFDO program, which is completely superfluous and unnecessary, but there is a fairly sizeable minority of pilots in the US flying around armed. I would argue that the Air Marshalls are a waste and that the FFDO program is a much better “bang for the buck” Its budget dust in the TSA/D...

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by kiowa
Thu Aug 26, 2021 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?
Replies: 37
Views: 7855

Re: Are there any countries where pilots still carry firearms?

N1120A wrote:
The US has the FFDO program, which is completely superfluous and unnecessary, but there is a fairly sizeable minority of pilots in the US flying around armed.


I would argue that the Air Marshalls are a waste and that the FFDO program is a much better “bang for the buck”

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by kiowa
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic quietly drops the Overture's cruising speed from mach 2.2 to mach 1.7
Replies: 18
Views: 3119

Re: With no official announcement, Boom Supersonic quietly drops the Overture's cruising speed from mach 2.2 to mach 1.7

Not sure I believe it is significant, in my line of thinking the key's are to have supersonic flight with minimal sonic boom, not to have the fastest supersonic a/c or to compete with the Concorde. If reducing the speed makes some of the engineering problems easier, I still say go for it, especiall...

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by kiowa
Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Security Breech, John Wayne Airport, Terminal Evacuated.
Replies: 12
Views: 4374

Re: Security Breech, John Wayne Airport, Terminal Evacuated.

I remember the SNA police stopping the flight I was on from leaving due to a "security breach" several years ago. They demanded to board the aircraft and look for the "perp" It ended up not being a security breach at all but a guy who did not pay the cabbie who drove him to the a...

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by kiowa
Fri Aug 20, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish attempts take-off on taxiway at KEWR
Replies: 62
Views: 12703

Re: Turkish attempts take-off on taxiway at KEWR

aemoreira1981 wrote:
The relevant taxiway is about as long as the closed 4R/22L, but taxiways are lighted green while runways are lighted white. The problem here was between the neck and the top of the head.



X2. I believe Turkish still has 2 pilots.

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by kiowa
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind
Replies: 39
Views: 6997

Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Where was the camera person? Not a fan of Dubai but pretty cool marketing.

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by kiowa
Thu Aug 05, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing
Replies: 132
Views: 25314

Re: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing

The Captain was in the right seat. Right before landing you can see the 4 stripes and he also has his hand (not hand because his other one was holding his phone) on the yoke and probably should have taken over before the pilot flying broke the airframe but he didn't seem to concerned since he was s...

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by kiowa
Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: meltdown at Spirit?
Replies: 5
Views: 2145

meltdown at Spirit?

https://liveandletsfly.com/spirit-airlines-collapses/
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What is the cause of the chaos at Spirit?

https://liveandletsfly.com/spirit-airlines-collapses/

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by kiowa
Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More problems at DAL
Replies: 1
Views: 1207

More problems at DAL

https://internewsspace.wordpress.com/20 ... er-delays/
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IT, tower staffing, Monkeypox and now a security breach. Quite a few issues in a short period of time.

https://internewsspace.wordpress.com/20 ... er-delays/

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by kiowa
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Only one US airline makes the top 10 best
Replies: 26
Views: 3247

Only one US airline makes the top 10 best

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/airl ... index.html

United is the only airline in the United States that ranked as one of the top 10 airlines in the world.
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https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/airl ... index.html

United is the only airline in the United States that ranked as one of the top 10 airlines in the world.

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by kiowa
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue comes under fire with authorities in the Dominican Republic
Replies: 18
Views: 6161

Re: Jetblue comes under fire with authorities in the Dominican Republic

Some things are subjective: communication, mistreatment, discrimination. Delays and cancellations are not - there are objective data for that which can readily be compared to the performance of other carriers to see is B6 is a little off or way below norms. B6 would be wise to start a task force, a...

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by kiowa
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground delay at DAL
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Ground delay at DAL

That's an incredibly simplistic and insulting point of view to the controllers working in that tower. Not simple or insulting. Just an observation. “Covid” is being used as the explanation for many things today in society and business. Your suggestion that that may be the problem here is a perfect ...

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by kiowa
Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground delay at DAL
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Ground delay at DAL

It is the explanation used for most bad performance things today. That's an incredibly simplistic and insulting point of view to the controllers working in that tower. Not simple or insulting. Just an observation. “Covid” is being used as the explanation for many things today in society and busines...

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by kiowa
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ground delay at DAL
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Ground delay at DAL

I know we’re happily out of practice on this, but this almost sounds like the COVID cleanings that happened continually a year ago. Is the FAA policy on facility cleaning still the same? COVID cleaning of the tower would have resulted in a full closure, not a GDP for staffing. That being said the c...

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by kiowa
Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Mesa with tentative Heart ES-19 order
Replies: 94
Views: 10136

Re: United and Mesa with tentative Heart ES-19 order

This seems more realistic than Boom. Theoretically useful for major connecting airports with excess capacity and viable small markets within 250mi: DEN, ORD, IAD. At least people would want to fly Boom jets. Much of the flying public in the US (myself included) will go out of their way to avoid a t...

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by kiowa
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA2289 Security Incident to MIA
Replies: 98
Views: 14403

Re: Passengers Forced To Put Hands On Head

I have been on flights with perceived security checks but have never heard of this tactic. Seems like not a bad idea but--- Who gave the order? The Captain? Who enforces it? Flight attendant? What does the enforcer do if non compliance? What if someone has to use the toilet? Is this a company policy...

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by kiowa
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88868

Re: 737 Cargo in water at HNL

CNBC says crew members have been rescued, waiting to hear more but that is great news. https://twitter.com/cnbcnow/status/1410961018679869441?s=21 Of course CNBC was trying to imply it was possibly a MAX and connecting it to Boeing share price…. But there's a picture of a 737 MAX in the article - s...

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by kiowa
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 371
Views: 88868

Re: 737 Down Off The Coast Of Kalaeloa

The 737 fleet has had some bad issues in the past couple of years. I hope the crew is found alive. What airline?

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by kiowa
Thu Jul 01, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A prototype flying car. Cool video.
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Re: A prototype flying car. Cool video.

avier wrote:
It had the registration of a plane though. I wonder what the cops would note it under for any road related issues.


In the US, they would be working real hard to tax it as both a car and aircraft.

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by kiowa
Sat Jun 26, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 509
Views: 66939

Re: Spirit launches MKE today and already announces new routes

Well, I suppose this permanently grounds any efforts to reboot Midwest Express, doesn't it? Maybe Spirit can expand their buy-on-board offerings out of MKE to include chocolate chip cookies! :bouncy: :stirthepot: Actually, last I heard (and this was back in March) was that they're still planning to...

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by kiowa
Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 509
Views: 66939

Re: Spirit launches MKE today and already announces new routes

I have not flown Spirit in quite a while but it would be nice to fly out of MKE again and not be forced to fly SWA.

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by kiowa
Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.
Replies: 101
Views: 18520

Re: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.

WN is a nightmare when it comes to IRROPS. Not surprising that their operation went to you know what. What is surprising is their gloating and push on social media to celebrate their birthday by a select few while many were still stranded. That wouldn't have happened on the WN of yesteryear but app...

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by kiowa
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.
Replies: 101
Views: 18520

Re: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.

https://www.transportation.gov/individuals/aviation-consumer-protection/tarmac-delays Shouldn't the tarmac delays fine southwest airlines alot of money? Reading the various Denver media articles It looks like southwsst broke pretty much event tarmac rule having people sit there while they were tota...

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by kiowa
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 with new wing, landing gear potential
Replies: 88
Views: 18748

Re: 737 with new wing, landing gear potential

If they keep stretching and redesigning this tired 737, they could end up with a cool aircraft and call it a 757.

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by kiowa
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines is said on the brink of bankruptcy
Replies: 46
Views: 9980

Re: Vietnam Airlines is said on the brink of bankruptcy

Unlike PanAm, Eastern, TWA or Laker.... Vietnam Airlines is state owned Alitalia will never go bust in a true sense - ie shut down and completely stop flying. ITA is just a rebranding I just do not trust or believe absolutes like "never" and "always" There are plenty of countrie...

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by kiowa
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.
Replies: 101
Views: 18520

Re: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.

wedgetail737 wrote:
Did WN have a software blockpoint that wasn't quite ready or something?



I would think any software update would have been sent to and effected multiple airlines using the same platform. This seems to be a southwest problem.

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by kiowa
Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnam Airlines is said on the brink of bankruptcy
Replies: 46
Views: 9980

Re: Vietnam Airlines is said on the brink of bankruptcy

behramjee wrote:
In Vietnam, the only airline that can come close to shutting down is Bamboo.

There is no way either Vietnam Airlines nor Vietjet are going down under any circumstances.



Or PanAm or Eastern or TWA or Laker Airways or Alitalia. They are simply too large and well supported. TIC

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by kiowa
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.
Replies: 101
Views: 18520

Re: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.

also, why would Southwest ask the FAA to "ground" it's aircraft? Can't the airline just do it when they want or is there a financial benefit to having the government do it? Do they report different on time numbers or maybe not pay out on extensive tarmac delays? https://www.wsj.com/article...

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by kiowa
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.
Replies: 101
Views: 18520

Re: Southwest faces another IT outage, all flights stopped.

Scarebus34 wrote:
Problems have extended into a third day - over 300 cancellations so far today.



If other airlines are using the same IT, are they having the same meltdown as Southwest?

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by kiowa
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement
Replies: 144
Views: 16197

Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement

Here are some economic realities. The fact that the 737 continues to sell in large numbers means that it fulfills the needs of many customers, and Boeing is making money building them. The fact that the basic design is over 50 years old is completely irrelevant. The fact that the A320 is newer and ...

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by kiowa
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cicada's Invaded airplane engines
Replies: 5
Views: 2150

Re: Cicada's Invaded airplane engines

Politicians, press, and pests. Seems appropriate somehow.

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by kiowa
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bats on board
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Bats on board

https://onemileatatime.com/air-india-fl ... verts-bat/

It was a very expensive dump/delay for a flying bat. I have never heard of this happening before. Do staff deal with bats often?
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https://onemileatatime.com/air-india-fl ... verts-bat/

It was a very expensive dump/delay for a flying bat. I have never heard of this happening before. Do staff deal with bats often?

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by kiowa
Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)
Replies: 460
Views: 64930

Re: United orders supersonic planes from Boom (was: Big United Announcement Coming Up?)

Sooner787 wrote:
Now let's see if AA or DL or other intl blue chip airlines jump on this bandwagon.

If this comes to fruition, the other airlines can't risk getting left behind :)



True, and pretty cool that United is investing/interested in such an aviation leap.

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by kiowa
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16741

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

A couple of things that need to be addressed since everyone is a great Monday Morning QB. No the crew will not get fired . People make mistakes. As with every single investigation after any kind of incident the investigators will be trying to determine why the mistake was made and understand ALL th...

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by kiowa
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16741

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

This certainly wouldn't be a career ender for the pilot would it? Its a mistake sure, but... ?? Asking as I have no idea. I suppose too it also depends on other factors, history, etc. Not a career ender at all, more embarrassing than anything else. This unfortunately happens from time to time. I’ve...

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by kiowa
Mon May 31, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 940 Emergency Return to SCL - Santiago, Chile
Replies: 7
Views: 3921

Re: American Airlines 940 Emergency Return to SCL - Santiago, Chile

Lpbri wrote:
According to my research, it was a slat problem. Still had to make an overweight landing.



Or dump enough fuel to not be overweight for the landing.

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by kiowa
Mon May 31, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private plane goes down in Smyrna Tennessee
Replies: 77
Views: 15818

Re: Private plane goes down in Smyrna Tennessee

very sad regardless

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by kiowa
Sun May 30, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changing pilot retirement age to 67
Replies: 1
Views: 1480

Changing pilot retirement age to 67

https://www.rt.com/news/252397-japan-raises-pilot-age/

I seem to remember ALPA supporting the age change from 60 to 65.
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In 2015 Japan raised the retirement age for pilots to 67. What is the position of the various pilot unions in the US to follow their lead?

https://www.rt.com/news/252397-japan-raises-pilot-age/

I seem to remember ALPA supporting the age change from 60 to 65.

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by kiowa
Sun May 30, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Age 67 for pilots
Replies: 6
Views: 2483

Age 67 for pilots

I have heard discussion about the FAA changing the mandatory retirement age for pilots to 67 in the US. I know other countries have higher age limits as well. Is this a good idea? What are the positions of ALPA, American's union, SWAPA, Teamsters? Is this a good idea? Is the experience value better ...

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by kiowa
Sun May 30, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-Southwest pilot admits lewd act in cockpit mid-flight
Replies: 80
Views: 27605

Re: Ex-Southwest pilot admits lewd act in cockpit mid-flight

I did not read the link but this is pretty old news if it is the same story. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Southwest-pilots-set-course-for-nudity-2116437.php Article says that Southwest fired the pilots. That is old news, and a completely different event than the one being discus...

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by kiowa
Sun May 30, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-Southwest pilot admits lewd act in cockpit mid-flight
Replies: 80
Views: 27605

Re: Ex-Southwest pilot admits lewd act in cockpit mid-flight

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texa ... 116437.php

Article says that Southwest fired the pilots.
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I did not read the link but this is pretty old news if it is the same story.

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texa ... 116437.php

Article says that Southwest fired the pilots.

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by kiowa
Fri May 28, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault
Replies: 123
Views: 19003

Re: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault

The new video does bring a new angle to this. Still, I'm reminded of the old adage of "two wrongs don't make a right". Punching a FA is obviously an absolute no-no and I'm glad the passenger has been charged with a felony. Absolutely, sometimes my son says "don't poke the bear"....

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by kiowa
Fri May 28, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault
Replies: 123
Views: 19003

Re: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault

Here is a video of what happened- https://www.cbs8.com/mobile/article/news/crime/passenger-who-witnessed-fight-on-southwest-plane-to-san-diego-believes-flight-attendant-is-also-to-blame/509-21050218-6f19-4428-b1c0-e70ea42fe515 Interesting video. It takes the discussion in a whole different direction.

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by kiowa
Thu May 27, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault
Replies: 123
Views: 19003

Re: Southwest Airlines flight attendant loses two teeth after passenger assault

I'm not sure it has gotten worse. It could also be that more cases get documented (mobile phone cameras) and reported. In 2004 I witnessed an old guy pawing the behind of a FA (notably with his wife sitting next to him). All consequences he had to endure was the co-pilot giving him a lecture on goo...

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