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by ricport
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 35500

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

Unfortunately Still Allegheny In Reality? It’s REALLY interesting how some people, particularly aviation enthusiasts, of all people, simply cannot let go of Allegheny. Remember Don’t Expect Luggage To Arrive? How about “Untied?” Truth is, people have had it in for US for 50+ years. Most of you folk...

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by ricport
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If There Was Only One Airline Left In The USA
Replies: 9
Views: 878

Re: If There Was Only One Airline Left In The USA

If WN was the only airline left, I'd drive.

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by ricport
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska Airlines Should.......
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

Re: Alaska Airlines Should.......

...Improve their F product, which is pretty lackluster, when compared to the Big 3.

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by ricport
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22669

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

I don't know i can't hardly blame the guy. The airlines should eliminate all recline option in economy period. They were the one's who shrunk down seat pitch to 30'' and for that poor bastard in the last row with no chance of reclining that'd tick me off as well. i realize he could have paid $11 to...

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by ricport
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 5042

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

In terms of surliness, LHR & CPH win (or are at least really up there). LHR T5 security screeners have that lovely combo of surly and lazy; everyone - from security to shop workers - at CPH is surly and acts like they're doing you a huge favor by helping you.

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by ricport
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2157

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

I think the OP's questions have been pretty well answered by this point, except to say I prefer sort by city. But, I have a question for the Europeans: Why do most European airports not display the gate for a departing flight until around 1 - 1.5 hrs prior to departure? Especially in large airports ...

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by ricport
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Adult only flights - possibility
Replies: 22
Views: 1417

Re: Adult only flights - possibility

I'd go out of my way to fly an airline like this. One thing I think airlines can do now is what they do on trains: establish a "quiet" section.

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by ricport
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?
Replies: 38
Views: 2361

Re: What do you think is the worst recently built airport terminal?

LHR T5. Just a shopping mall pretending to be an airport. The management there is 100% dedicated to your shopping experience. Everyone is trapped inside the mall until they announce your gate at the very last minute. Then it's a mad rush of 200 people going to the gate. IMO, the biggest problem wit...

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by ricport
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport terminals that stand the test of time
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Airport terminals that stand the test of time

IAD main terminal. It's an architectural icon that continues to look incredible.

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by ricport
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways at BWI
Replies: 70
Views: 10841

Re: British Airways a BWI

BWI isn't in Baltimore, so I'm not sure how BWI funding relates to Baltimore funding. The State Legislature could easily divert the $$ fueling this boondoggle to putting cops on the streets in B-more. IMHO, keeping people safe in one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country is far more pressi...

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by ricport
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways at BWI
Replies: 70
Views: 10841

Re: British Airways a BWI

As others have mentioned, there simply isn't the mass needed to sustain significant (i.e., non-leisure) international service. The list of carriers who have tried and failed is lengthy. So, we, the taxpayers of MD will continue to subsidize the BA service to satiate the inflated egos of the Baltimor...

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by ricport
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UAL @ BWI
Replies: 29
Views: 2819

Re: UAL @ BWI

Lots of good insights and common sense. I was looking for a “reality check” on whether it’s just crazy to drive to DCA/IAD, take a train to EWR (which is similar to IAD drive) etc. Thanks for the perspective. I also live near BWI. And, I almost never go in/out of it. I understand the frustration wi...

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by ricport
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst airline corporate culture
Replies: 16
Views: 1541

Re: Worst airline corporate culture

PMUA had a completely toxic relationship with employees thanks to Tilton.

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by ricport
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Habits/Routine when Flying
Replies: 23
Views: 1373

Re: Your Habits/Routine when Flying

One of my routines is to immediately pull out my travel pack of Clorox wipes upon taking my seat and thoroughly wipe down the tray table, seat pocket, armrest, buttons, overhead vent & light, and window shade. You should see what color the cloth is when I'm done...

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by ricport
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How would you design London's airports if you could start from scratch with little limitations?
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Re: How would you design London's airports if you could start from scratch with little limitations?

One thing is for sure: I'd start by firing every transit pax security screener at LHR T5. They possess that wonderful combo of laziness and surliness.

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by ricport
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is IAD the next US airport flyers will view as "Third World?"
Replies: 14
Views: 1311

Re: Is IAD the next US airport flyers will view as "Third World?"

Remember, the unspoken truth is that MWAA put IAD on the back, back burner so they could fund the Silver Line. Northern Fairfax & Loudoun commuters are already apoplectic over the Dulles Toll Road tolls, so they can only raise it so far so fast. Now that construction is nearing completion, one w...

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by ricport
Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Defending aviation against environmental extremists
Replies: 151
Views: 25720

Re: Defending aviation against environmental extremists

I'll believe the environmental extremists; their uber-hypocritical, private jet-setting Hollywood cohorts (most of whom barely got out of high school); and the rest of their clan are actually serious about climate change when they put the same - if not far more - pressure on countries like China (e....

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by ricport
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest thoughts anyone?
Replies: 29
Views: 8974

Re: Southwest thoughts anyone?

Dissenting opinion here - I avoid WN as much as possible. With no assigned seats, no chance for upgrades, the bothersome boarding bingo, no chance to earn free F travel to most of the world, and generally chaotic atmosphere, it's allure is completely lost on me. IMO, Early Bird is a complete rip-off...

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by ricport
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airways experience
Replies: 10
Views: 3509

Re: US Airways experience

My experience began in the 70s when they were Allegheny. For many years, they had a virtual lock on service from the Great Lakes states to the east coast. And, they acted like they knew it - lousy planes, horrible service, PIT & PHL hubs that had all of the charm of a Greyhound station men's roo...

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by ricport
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest FA in hot water for posting passenger photo and negative comments
Replies: 45
Views: 10429

Re: Southwest FA in hot water for posting passenger photo and negative comments

We all have different political views and in our nation, we are allowed to promote those views through freedom of speech. What folks fail to realize is, there are consequences to our actions and what we say. The man had the right to wear his shirt. The employee has the right to express his displeas...

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by ricport
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 68374

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

The Northeast Maglev train will connect DC, BWI Airport, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, and NYC, and there are plans to start construction on the DC-Baltimore section of the Northeast Maglev train line as early as next year. Here are the estimated travel times to DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and ...

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by ricport
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?
Replies: 51
Views: 4123

Re: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?

Unfortunately, no. Their DCA operation is a mess (hello, Z gates). Living in the MD suburbs of DC, I'd like to take advantage of their DCA service, but the last few flights I've taken have been horribly delayed, the employees seem either callous or indifferent, and the Eagle operation relies heavily...

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by ricport
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: WN No Notice Schedule Change?
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: WN No Notice Schedule Change?

I avoid WN like the plague, but IME, UA & AA rarely notify in advance. I usually check periodically to ensure everything is still as when I booked the ticket. Sounds like WN is no different.

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by ricport
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Royal Jordanian forcing passengers to close window blinds on medium haul daytime flights
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: Royal Jordanian forcing passengers to close window blinds on medium haul daytime flights

close the blinds let people sleep. You don't have to sleep Just close the blinds the lights could be going in other peoples eyes and blinding them? I always try to think of others not just myself. Did you try asking the crew why? Come on. I pick window seats for the... window!! Something that I enj...

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by ricport
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet
Replies: 109
Views: 13615

Re: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet

This emotional support bullshit has gone too far. We can't go a single day without this being in the news now. Our entire society has became emotionally incontinent. I wish they would allow for upvotes, as I would upvote this a million times. There was another story this week about a miniature hors...

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by ricport
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland
Replies: 68
Views: 12397

Re: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland

As a dual U.S. - Polish citizen, I can honestly say that this hyper-politically correct victim culture we're currently having to endure makes me want to retch.

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by ricport
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 84
Views: 12470

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

In the U.S., it's Allegheny/USAir/U.S. Airways, HANDS DOWN! Truly a third-world airline for a first-world country. If you lived in the Great Lakes states in the 70s & 80s, they were basically the only option to the east coast. No FF program (at that time, while every other airline had one), junk...

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by ricport
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What to do in the event of a strike?
Replies: 5
Views: 1019

Re: What to do in the event of a strike?

Smart move getting trip insurance. Did you ask your insurer what your options were in terms of being rebooked, or will they just issue a refund? If the latter, that may not do you much good, as a last-minute ticket to ATH is going to be very pricey. I couldn't find much on whether or not AA/BA would...

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by ricport
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 7266

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

DLASFlyer wrote:
deebee278 wrote:
This being the USA, the Mother will find a lawyer and sue Spirit.


More like the lawyer will find the mother and sue Spirit.


These two comments sadly win the prize as best-in-show for this thread.

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by ricport
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights
Replies: 52
Views: 8122

Re: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights

I lived in Tehran from Jan 1975 through August 1977. PA110 was often fraught with delays and cancellations due to labor unrest in Rome. The JFK-FCO leg would often operate, but the 707 onward leg would get cancelled with considerable regularity throughout 1976. PA1/2 were much better options if you...

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by ricport
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to close EWR
Replies: 272
Views: 46159

Re: WN to close EWR

I would have expected to see IAD or ISP close first. Even though BWI is close enough to Downtown DC and the National Mall to be a viable option for those traveling to DC, three things keeping WN at IAD are (a) WN serving DEN (which is outside of the DCA perimeter) nonstop from IAD, (b) slot and per...

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by ricport
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United - connect in IAH, DEN, or ORD?
Replies: 10
Views: 1287

Re: United - connect in IAH, DEN, or ORD?

Hi all, I'm looking at flying from YYZ to LAX later this year and UA is by far the cheapest option. For the trip to LAX, the flight I'm leaning towards includes a 1hr 6min connection in SFO. However, on the return, there are 3 different connecting options that come out to around the same price: a 1...

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by ricport
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26527

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Simply put, this person is a lazy, stupid dimwit. He claims to be an experienced flyer, but his horribly written missive clearly shows he knows ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about how fares/ticketing work. When you purchase a ticket, you are entering into a CONTRACT. It is YOUR responsibility to know ALL of th...

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by ricport
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 27587

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

This is a forum for factual discussion of events. Climate change is a scientific fact. Hyperbolic denialism is the new Flat Earthism. This may be corporate virtue signaling, but this is also how social change happens in the contemporary global system. For better or worse. So, give us some SPECIFICS...

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by ricport
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 27587

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

And everyone and everything needs to be refashioned so that less CO2 emissions are produced. You're going to find a lot of people in this forum who do not accept the science behind that position. Science has shown that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions likely contribute to an increase in avera...

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by ricport
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 27587

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

This is corporate virtue signalling of the highest order. Today it's the myth of climate change, tomorrow it will be something else. This is a forum for factual discussion of events. Climate change is a scientific fact. Hyperbolic denialism is the new Flat Earthism. This may be corporate virtue sig...

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by ricport
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 28079

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

lightsaber wrote:
Ricport,
More than likely this would pull the well behaving kids off other airlines. :devil:

But won't happen.

Lightsaber


A person can dream, can't he? :)

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by ricport
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 28079

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

If this got legions of pax with screaming, out-of-control kids to fly on their airline instead of other carriers, I'd wish them all the luck and success in the world.

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by ricport
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PRIDE month is in its final week...any talk of outcome?
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: PRIDE month is in its final week...any talk of outcome?

As a gay man who likes a calm, pleasant traveling environment, the last thing I'd want is to step off a plane and right into the middle of a chaotic, noisy drag show.

The rest of this seems to have very little to do with actual air travel.

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by ricport
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Guitar on a DL MD-88 F Class
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: Guitar on a DL MD-88 F Class

Hi everyone, I will be traveling on a DL MD-88 in first class with a guitar in a hard case measuring 45 ¾ “ ( 116 cms. ) in length. Can anyone help me with the following: 1. Maximum width of the overhead bin; 2. Height of the first class coat compartment. I have been trying to find this information...

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by ricport
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 10469

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

Any turboprop clunkers, with an especial shout out to the Q Series, ATRs & Saabs. Last time I was on a Q, I looked out the window to see an old lady in a wheelchair passing us on the ground.

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by ricport
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What do you expect from Lounge staff?
Replies: 17
Views: 1502

Re: What do you expect from Lounge staff?

Please do what you can to ensure the bathrooms and food areas are cleaned in a frequent manner. It's rare I go into a lounge where the bathrooms approach anything close to clean. I know it may not be your job to keep things clean, but anything you can do to help (e.g., alerting those whose job it is...

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by ricport
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 or WN?
Replies: 22
Views: 3829

Re: B6 or WN?

WN is quite often more than B6 or the legacies, even with the bag fees thrown in. The only advantages I see to WN are no change fees (but I can't even remember the last time I needed to change a flight) & they often are the cheapest for last-minute travel (although compared to B6, it might be mo...

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by ricport
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your experience on now defunct carriers
Replies: 79
Views: 5802

Re: Your experience on now defunct carriers

Love this thread! Here are mine: - PeoplExpress: Their EWR terminal had all of the charm and comfort of a garden shed. Will always remember the pay-on-board system. They were arguably the U.S.' first ULCC. You got what you paid for. - Northwest: The old DTW terminal was threadbare and worn. Nothing ...

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by ricport
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest ditching ticket jackets
Replies: 34
Views: 4972

Re: Southwest ditching ticket jackets

32andBelow wrote:
I don’t understand why anyone is using paper boarding passes let alone “paper ticket” (boarding pass) holders.


Because I have yet to see one of the phone scanners work efficiently.

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by ricport
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American or Southwest: Which would be better to fly?
Replies: 11
Views: 1483

Re: American or Southwest: Which would be better to fly?

This holiday season, I will be flying to Baltimore to see my family. I live in North Texas, so the biggest options for me is American or Southwest. My father prefers nonstops, which is why I chose these carriers as options. Which would be better to fly? Asking for opinions and personal experiences....

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by ricport
Fri May 17, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 22158

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

Wish 100% organic fruit juice was cheap. My very favorite juice is Dole: Orange - Strawberry - Banana juice. I much prefer eating and drinking healthy. Drinking fruit juice is not healthy. These responses remind me of an episode of "Taxi," where Louie is in the hospital, and is visited by...

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by ricport
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next IAD international destination?
Replies: 15
Views: 1706

Re: Next IAD international destination?

Could SIN on SQ be a dark horse? They recently expanded to SEA, and IAD is a huge Star Alliance hub...

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by ricport
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Funniest in-flight announcements?
Replies: 44
Views: 4257

Re: Funniest in-flight announcements?

Southwest doesn’t seem to have funny crews anymore. I know I'm going to be shot for that; but I've never cared for the "funny" WN safety demo. Put me up against the wall with you, as well. I guess everyone has their idea of professionalism, but mine is not cracking jokes and using the PA ...

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