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by Chemist
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?
Replies: 24
Views: 2536

Re: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?

My first ever flight on a Western 720B in 1965 - LAX-SAN-PHX-DEN and then return. I remember approaching SAN and hearing the engines throttling up and down a lot. I'm not sure they believed in stabilized approaches in those days!

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by Chemist
Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 367
Views: 86222

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

If Boeing can't see flaws in parts delivered by MHI, they ought to be using their QA function to be onsite for critical manufacturing operations. As well as at other suppliers with similarly critical operations. The fact that this is happening suggests a failed QA program at Boeing. And a failed QA...

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by Chemist
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Security Incident at ATL
Replies: 37
Views: 8063

Re: Security Incident at ATL

Any time I've been in the TSA line and something "suspicious" is seen in a bag, the bag gets "separated" to the TSA side of the conveyer belt and becomes inaccessable to the passengers until TSA figures out what's going on. Has even happened to me when I've accidentally left a b...

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by Chemist
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 367
Views: 86222

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I do ask myself why there seems to be no incoming goods inspection at Boeing? If this is so outta spec, why does nobody notice until it's too late? Boeing receives these as completed structures that I believe are covered in protective coatings that are not removed until painting so they might not b...

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by Chemist
Sun Nov 14, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15784

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

And those market share numbers are even with Airbus' poor A340 sales, abortive redesigns of the A350, and of course the failed A380.
Airbus was by no means highly successful with everything they did. It just shows how much worse Boeing has been.

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by Chemist
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15784

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

I concur that Boeing is in deeper sh** than most people realize. They are one step away from being desperate. The big 'ifs'. Get the MAX debacle behind them. Figure out how to make 787s. rescue the 767 tanker problems. No more delays on the 777X. Learn to compete with SpaceX. Agreed. But honestly I...

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by Chemist
Thu Nov 11, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 346
Views: 22525

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

A good friend from my HIgh School moved to Nashville in May. I asked her if she was vaccinated and she said to me on Facebook messenger "no, I am not and do not intend to be vaccinated. I don't want to put that in my body. I guess I'm just cautious." I replied with some facts about risks a...

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by Chemist
Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 346
Views: 22525

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/medical/20211105-OYT1T50243/ Japan: Anges give up phase 3 trial of their vaccines as they fails to provide better effect than Pfizer/Moderna. Starting from August, they will try different things like increase dosage, changing the method of injecting vaccine, and such, to f...

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by Chemist
Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 346
Views: 22525

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/medical/20211105-OYT1T50243/ Japan: Anges give up phase 3 trial of their vaccines as they fails to provide better effect than Pfizer/Moderna. Starting from August, they will try different things like increase dosage, changing the method of injecting vaccine, and such, to f...

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 31, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2022

Re: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes

I'm a lifetime Gold from many past years of business travel + credit card spending (in the days when credit card "miles" counte toward total program miles. It's this sort of complexity and continuing devaluation that has reinforced the wisdom of my decision years ago to go with a cash back...

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 346
Views: 22525

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Boosters now approved in the United States for J&J and Moderna, also mixed boosters, for certain eligible groups (65+, special health conditions if younger, high public contact professions). I'm eligible and although my first doses were Pfizer, I think I'll try for Moderna boost over the next we...

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by Chemist
Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 34291

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

Looks like I might have to start flying United.

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 17, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 3033
Views: 459448

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

ONT, LGB and SNA are holding their own in the LAX basin. LAX itself has its own pros and cons, but many SoCal residents are finally starting to see the goodies of using the smaller airports that are likely more conveniently located. And Burbank. If you live in the SF or SG Valleys, or Ventura Count...

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees
Replies: 97
Views: 9202

Re: Boeing to require COVID vaccine for all employees

Blood clots are much more common from COVID than from any vaccine. Like over a 100x more common.

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 346
Views: 22525

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

This question was asked in this CivAv thread, I thought best to address here: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1464959&p=22990361#p22990361 While we might need 90+% of total population vaccinated in this country to end the pandemic, I understand that just getting it up t...

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by Chemist
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261566

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

At this rate it seems Airbus will grow into an NMA before Boeing quits dithering. The amount of time, money and effort to stretch and re-wing an existing airframe is all significantly lower than designing a new one from the wheels up and creating a supplier and production infrastructure to support ...

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by Chemist
Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261566

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

At this rate it seems Airbus will grow into an NMA before Boeing quits dithering.

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by Chemist
Wed Oct 06, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 346
Views: 22525

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Hopefully we are finally at the end of this pandemic. An optimist if ever I read one! I don't subscribe to pessimism as a cause but... with an awful lot of people in the rich countries sceptical of vaccination against this virus (and possibly just as many or more in poor countries with limited capa...

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by Chemist
Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261566

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Well hope it all goes better then it did back in the 1990s when DCAC/MRM was first implemented (though to be fair, nothing like it had ever been used in commercial aviation production before so at least Boeing now has that experience under the belts). Or at least those who left with that tribal kno...

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by Chemist
Thu Sep 30, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines to fire 600 staff who refuse vaccine
Replies: 82
Views: 10649

Re: United Airlines to fire 600 staff who refuse vaccine

UA will be UA. I fundamentally disagree with every aspect of their corporate culture and this merely reinforces that personal view. I applaud the employees that remained resolute, and didnt succumb to dogma. Its sad that they will probably lose their jobs over draconian mandates, but they are in a ...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 381
Views: 48335

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Boeing absolutely botched the design and development of this jet. The FAA was a total failure when it came to certification....Boeing wanted to sell and deliver, keep the planes up.... The FAA was not willing to look at themselves and state they failed. Their huge bet was that no crash would happen...

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by Chemist
Fri Sep 24, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents
Replies: 139
Views: 13107

Re: FAA wants to know what actions Airlines are going to do to curb unruly passenger incidents

A balanced measure but with teeth would be say a three year ban on flights within the United States, across all airlines.

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by Chemist
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 381
Views: 48335

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

I thought it was really good. Gave a good summary of what happened. And just showed Boeing for what it is. Quite sad but still looking ahead to Boeing recovering But one question keeps popping up in my mind. Repeated conversations here and elsewhere imply that Boeing HAS NOT CHANGED - they're still...

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 367
Views: 86222

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Apple does sell security, however. Somewhat analogous to safety.

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by Chemist
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 367
Views: 86222

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I'd note that the current troubles with the 787 do not stem from outsourcing or subcontracting this time, but from assembly... The one thing that Boeing actually does itself. To me, the root of all this mess is the SC plant and its ostensible goal to cut costs, corners and bypass unions. It has bee...

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by Chemist
Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 739
Views: 136666

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021

I flew to Denver a bunch of times when the airport was new, and was very impressed. After a long gap, I flew there in the last year and it was a pigstye. What happened? For example, the islands outside the terminal had dirty concrete with gum all over the place. The interior, even without the constr...

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

IMHO hospitals should adjust their admission policies to favor those vaccinated (if they have COVID) and then favor any other important healthcare treatment patients (broken bones, cancer, etc.). And then even elective surgeries, etc. Nonvaccinated (except those with special conditions) with COVID s...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Restrains 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX
Replies: 117
Views: 13716

Re: AA Crew Duct Tapes 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX

"On American Airlines, we no longer have free bags, meals, or legroom --- but the duct tape is FREEEE!!!!!!"

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Restrains 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX
Replies: 117
Views: 13716

Re: AA Crew Duct Tapes 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX

Duct taping any passenger to a seat, as happened on F9 last week, and now on AA this week seems like a huge liability issue. What happens in the event of an emergency evacuation if crew can't get the tape removed in time and the passenger is stuck? I was going to say the exact same thing. I suppose...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

"This is just getting silly. Triple shots for the most vulnerable? OK, fine. Shots every six months for everyone? Just not a possibility, especially if you expect the rest of the world to get the chance to be vaccinated anytime soon. " Feel free to get COVID eventually. I'll take my six m...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

"This is just getting silly. Triple shots for the most vulnerable? OK, fine. Shots every six months for everyone? Just not a possibility, especially if you expect the rest of the world to get the chance to be vaccinated anytime soon. " Feel free to get COVID eventually. I'll take my six m...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Clinical trials for Pfizer and Moderna were testing for severe illness, not immunity. So this is not surprising and doesn't minimize the importance of the vaccines.

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by Chemist
Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: United mandates vaccines for employees

You keep deflecting. I am not arguing about the wisdom of private enterprise like UA to mandate vaccination for its employees. I am not arguing against the courts ruling it appropriate. What I am arguing against is the coercive nature of vaccine passports. When an officer of the police state demand...

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 07, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing
Replies: 132
Views: 25695

Re: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing

Earlier posts mentioned lack of prep as a possibility. That is insane if it were true.
I'm a PPL and I prep before flying to a challenging GA runway such a Avalon or Big Bear in the Southern California area. Lack of prep shows incompetence, especially to Paro.

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 07, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7391

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

This entire thread is funny when the singing FAs are on few flights, on the only airline to be consistently profitable for decades. "Oh my ears don't want to hear humor from my crew!". Definitely a first world problem. Now read about Spirit's operational meltdown and there's a downward spi...

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Behavior is causing more spread of the virus. But the #1 issue I see is unvaccinated, always with a lowered mask, going around as if they are vaccinated. If we could vaccinate the younger kids and if more people were vaccinated, we could treat this as a cold. Most unvaccinated think vaccine is more...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

In my opinion, the CDC’s stance of no-masks was dictated by a desire to reduce vaccine hesitancy which is so significant that it makes the entire vaccination program obsolete. The message was also that vaccinated individuals would no longer need to wear masks, but unvaccinated still should. I mysel...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

What's interesting is that here in California, in my county they never asked for my insurance info, so I doubt they paid for anything. So I'm tempted to consider a third jab as I'm getting towards an age that is at higher risk. Or I could go to a different state and get a third jab. Especially if w...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

What's interesting is that here in California, in my county they never asked for my insurance info, so I doubt they paid for anything. So I'm tempted to consider a third jab as I'm getting towards an age that is at higher risk. Or I could go to a different state and get a third jab. Especially if we...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Like lightsaber said upthread, how many times CDC changed mask guidance? At every CDC somersault, TV pundits come out with an excuse. Myself and waterbomber2 have been saying since the beginning of this pandemic, don't trust CDC, TV pundits and some HCWs, just wear masks. First, CDC is a bunch of h...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 665
Views: 79265

Re: AA: Possible seatback entertainment return.

Seatback entertainment is nice, but AA needs to work on their soft product. I recently flew LAX-JFK on Flagship business and the service levels were abysmal for a transcon business flight. Even United on the return EWR-LAX was better, although they fell short in other ways. All of my international b...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I think under 12 are getting the short-end of the stick in this political game. Both politicians and many parents are ignoring the consequences. In summer kids social interactions could be restricted and monitored, that is impossible in a school setting. Normally it requires FDA clinical trial data...

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by Chemist
Sun Aug 01, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I say voluntarily unvaccinated as kids under 12 cannot be vaccinated. My 12+ child has been fully vaccinated for a while. My younger child cannot be vaccinated. Lightsaber I think under 12 are getting the short-end of the stick in this political game. Both politicians and many parents are ignoring ...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 30, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2290
Views: 261566

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Just not seeing hydrogen as viable. Hydrogen is explosive unlike JetA (except in exact fuel/air mixtures). It's also got a much lower energy density than JetA. Finally, there's no distribution system for Hydrogen which is a huge issue. Yes it is possible, but would be decades to get it established. ...

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7391

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

I don't agree WN is Walmart.
F9 and NK are WalMart.
WN is Target.
The big 3 are like Macy's - upscale merch, but you can't find anybody to help you.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Brazil will operate with the B787
Replies: 3
Views: 1081

Re: LATAM Brazil will operate with the B787

"emerging from the pandemic..."

Virus says, "don't be so hasty, now!"

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

It's pretty clear that if you want to be careful, you wear mask indoors except in your home. Well no. Masks are for protecting others, remember ? If you want to be careful, you need to force everyone around to wear a mask. That's the big problem and why this "flip-flopping" happens, not j...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7391

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

I'll almost always fly WN before the other 3 legacies. As an AA million miler. WN has better crew, no nickel and dime fees, no change fees, better coach legroom, smoother boarding. They also allow me to avoid LAX by using a different area airport most of the time.

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209568

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/21/delta-covid-variant-fauci-says-vaccinated-people-might-want-to-consider-wearing-masks-indoors-.html Fauci says vaccinated people ‘might want to consider’ wearing masks indoors as delta variant surges in U.S. Fauci told CNBC that U.S. officials are concerned that they...

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