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by WesternDC6B
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?
Replies: 24
Views: 1313

Re: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?

Next blacksoviet thread: "Why didn't Boeing NEO the 727?" Or, WesternDC6B - me - will ask about building a DC6 or DC7 with turboprop engines. If they can do it on a Convair, why not a Douglas? /please, folks. I know the Convair was engineered with the eventual turboprop conversion in mind...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A332F engine question
Replies: 9
Views: 1973

Re: A332F engine question

What is the difference between an engine for passenger service and one for freight service? Thank you. There is none. but when an engine is used on a freighter (new build or conversion) each engine type must be certified independently. This is why there is no freighter conversion available for RR p...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About
Replies: 67
Views: 5502

Re: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About

This whole trend of airy/breathy vocals in music. Can make an otherwise fantastic mix become absolute garbage. I personally don't see how it should be popular as it's extremely fatiguing to my ears, and is one of the reasons why I download all my music (not from using a website, but by directly rec...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About
Replies: 67
Views: 5502

Re: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About

I haven't seen a single Avengers movie, but I hear they're quite the moneymakers. I haven’t seen anything from the superhero franchises. Never saw a single episode of Dallas, Falcon Crest, or any of the other of the series about the trials and miseries of the super-rich. Never understood the appeal...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About
Replies: 67
Views: 5502

Re: Pop Culture Frenzies You Simply Do Not Care About

Anything to do with the Marvel universe, Game of Thrones, WikiLeaks, Social Activism (inc FB profile activism) and witch hunts, Carbon credits and footprints, Instagram, Twitter, Teslas and other hybrid/Electrics, Apple electronics Add in NBA and NFL player social grievances. Shut up and bounce or ...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN livery repaints discussion thread
Replies: 309
Views: 64635

Re: WN livery repaints

Sadly one new repaint is not on the list. That would be a 300 series N355SW which inexplicably normally intelligent SWA painted and then retired the a/c!!! It was painted 6 months before it was retired--what a waste... Not just one! In the list of retirements is repainted N369SW due to finish on 5t...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A332F engine question
Replies: 9
Views: 1973

Re: A332F engine question

What is the difference between an engine for passenger service and one for freight service? Thank you.

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61667

Re: Air France retires first A380; flown to Malta

One thing that I’m wondering about: what parts commonality does the A380 have with other aircraft? I ask this with my eye on the potential value of salvaged parts going on to live in other aircraft types. Cabin fittings, electrical parts, pumps, actuators, and other such things that can be overhaule...

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cargo Ship Off Romania Capsizes
Replies: 12
Views: 748

Re: Cargo Ship Off Romania Capsizes

BlueberryWheats wrote:
Is it just me, or is that ship kinda small for 14000 sheep?


The ship was owned by Ryan Air. Plenty of room.

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by WesternDC6B
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1695

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

Some, not all, ring tones. I’m talking about the ones on desks, not mobiles.

Since the advent of the electronic ringer, firmware writers seemingly went out of their way to devise warbles, zingy-zings, bloobidy-bloop, or other 1955-science fiction sounds they can make. FEH!

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1695

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

disregard for work areas. Being close to the galley, people find a way to talk so loud that the entire floor can hear them but if you politely ask them to tone it down, you get looks. The trick with that is to go passive-aggressive: Join in their conversation, and if they say anything or give you a...

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1695

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

I was in an office with a woman who found a way to visit us all. And, usually, she interrupted conversations or tasks. One time, she way overstepped the boundaries: I was in middle of recording a macro in Excel. About 55 steps. After several tries I was having success and at the 52nd step, a stream...

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1695

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

ltbewr wrote:
Whistling, singing or humming badly. That can drive office drones nuts.


Being considered a drone by the executives is another annoyance.

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1695

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

I was in an office with a woman who found a way to visit us all. And, usually, she interrupted conversations or tasks. One time, she way overstepped the boundaries: I was in middle of recording a macro in Excel. About 55 steps. After several tries I was having success and at the 52nd step, a stream ...

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by WesternDC6B
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1695

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

Pen-clickers.

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Motorola RAZR Returns
Replies: 18
Views: 1092

Re: The Motorola RAZR Returns

I had two RAZR phones. I hope the new design is better at resisting mold growth in the keypad. That is what killed both of mine. This was not, and has not since, been an issue with phones I have owned.

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: L1011 Question About a Small Detail
Replies: 31
Views: 4186

Re: L1011 Question About a Small Detail

That ‘frisbee’ fairing makes a great looking aircraft even more attractive, the carefully sculpted smooth aerodynamic curves and the way it all blends together in the tail area is a work of art, the L1011 makes the DC10 look positively agricultural Don’t understand why it’s called a ‘frisbee’ fairi...

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: L1011 Question About a Small Detail
Replies: 31
Views: 4186

Re: L1011 Question About a Small Detail

I’d sure like to fly on one again. The aircraft itself was very impressive, and like virtually every other Lockheed airliner, radiated “classy!”. I also want to fly on one again because when they were in main line service, passengers were not yet cattle: you actually had a bit of legroom in coach.

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Survey
Replies: 36
Views: 6023

Re: AA Employee Survey

When I was confronted with surveys at work, I gave totally neutral and “vanilla” answers. Zero to Ten got average answers. Why? Because anonymous surveys aren’t anonymous. I may be cynical or paranoid, but, I don’t believe for two seconds that the pages aren’t somehow identifiable.

Why risk a job?

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by WesternDC6B
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas A380 door nearly ripped off aircraft during towing mishap
Replies: 45
Views: 13538

Re: Qantas A380 door nearly ripped off aircraft during towing mishap

smithbs wrote:
Let me get in front of this right now - Please! No jokes about speed tape! We all know that joke!

Enough!


What about “that will buff right out”?

/ducking

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by WesternDC6B
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Akbar AlBaker accuses Singapore being a ‘copy cat’
Replies: 40
Views: 9328

Re: Akbar AlBaker accuses Singapore being a ‘copy cat’

cskok8 wrote:
I think Singapore also copied his runway design, being straight and level


That, along with airplanes using them for landing and takeoff.

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by WesternDC6B
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bluetooth challenge with Galaxy S10+
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Bluetooth challenge with Galaxy S10+

In the iphone you pledge your eternal soul, camp out for weeks in front of the Apple altar... er, I mean store - and reject all teachings and discussion that does not emanate from your deepest, innermost Cupertino. Not all Apple users bow at the altar. I traded back my Adenoid phone for iOS. The Sa...

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by WesternDC6B
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bluetooth challenge with Galaxy S10+
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Bluetooth challenge with Galaxy S10+

In the iphone you pledge your eternal soul, camp out for weeks in front of the Apple altar... er, I mean store - and reject all teachings and discussion that does not emanate from your deepest, innermost Cupertino. Not all Apple users bow at the altar. I traded back my Adenoid phone for iOS. The Sa...

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: This A330 seem a little small to you?
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

Re: This A330 seem a little small to you?

I thought it was the 330-SP?

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by WesternDC6B
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Apple varieties - what's your favorite?
Replies: 26
Views: 3982

Re: Apple varieties - what's your favorite?

Granny Smith.

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by WesternDC6B
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can Boeing be made great again?
Replies: 22
Views: 7632

Re: Can Boeing be made great again?

I wouldnt be surprised if Lockheed Martin takes them over soon. Just what we need: a company that wouldn’t exist except for government contracts, taking over another that has at least SOME products that depend on the free market, not which lobbyists buy which congressmen. Yes. I’m cynical. But imag...

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New MN license plates required after 7 years
Replies: 45
Views: 7820

Re: New MN license plates required after 7 years

Many plates start to deteriorate after several years, with flaking paint, etc. It makes it hard to read the numbers. Bollocks, if that's a problem then the plates aren't well made. We have stamped metal plates in Norway, I've never seen one missing paint. We had plastic for a while but they were ea...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can Boeing be made great again?
Replies: 22
Views: 7632

Re: Can Boeing be made great again?

SEU wrote:
I wouldnt be surprised if Lockheed Martin takes them over soon.


Just what we need: a company that wouldn’t exist except for government contracts, taking over another that has at least SOME products that depend on the free market, not which lobbyists buy which congressmen.

Yes. I’m cynical.

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kevin McAllister To Leave Boeing
Replies: 67
Views: 15107

Re: Kevin McAllister To Leave Boeing

What would you rather be in when flying from Hawaii? A DC plane, or a Stratocruiser? I know my choice. well, for now they have rather "stratodivers" Having read up on the 377, a proper name might have been Ditch Witch, with all the ocean landings they did. What a farce of a plane that was...

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kevin McAllister To Leave Boeing
Replies: 67
Views: 15107

Re: Kevin McAllister To Leave Boeing

Too bad there isn’t a way to bring back Donald Douglas and his people.

Sure, the DC prop jobs were heavy, but they worked, and for the times were safe and reliable. Boeing? What would you rather be in when flying from Hawaii? A DC plane, or a Stratocruiser? I know my choice.

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by WesternDC6B
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bag Explodes at Midway While being loaded onto a Volaris Flight
Replies: 27
Views: 10220

Re: Bag Explodes at Midway While being loaded onto a Volaris Flight

Powerbanks and batteries are not allowed in check in luggage. Luggage is not allowed to be ran over by rampers Tell that to my mom! She was looking out the window at the goings on in Bangkok. “Gee! There’s my bag; it fell off that cart! And, that truck just ran it over!” Thai Airways provided top-n...

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad Night at JFK
Replies: 48
Views: 14020

Re: Bad Night at JFK

No, it’s planned for. They have pretty good idea what the taxi-out times will be, but sometimes they go back for fuel And then join the back of the line or do they get to jump to where they were? No - all planes that were waiting on 22R and Yankee taxi way had their engines shut off while the tower...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation for customer satisfaction
Replies: 55
Views: 9429

Re: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation.

no making up their own rules as they go along like in the ATL TSA part where international flight passengers going onward to another plane must be screened. Did not get what you are trying to say there. What do you mean by international passengers going onward must be screened? Example: one lands a...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: People go crazy for Southwest's peanuts
Replies: 35
Views: 8585

Re: People go crazy for Southwest's peanuts

Fine. They are charging for the peanuts. But. A question I gave is: do THEY pay US to take the Plane Crackers off their hands?

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation for customer satisfaction
Replies: 55
Views: 9429

Re: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation.

I’ve only been through DTW a few times, but note something positive in addition to what’s been discussed: TSA is polite. Every time I have been through, they have been pleasant and professional. No “I didn’t say Simon says...!” games like at LAX, and no making up their own rules as they go along lik...

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's your ringtone?
Replies: 49
Views: 6425

Re: What's your ringtone?

“Leapin’ at the Lincoln” with the Charlie Barnett band, right where the trumpet passage begins. ( https://youtu.be/fBCep2jEB8E, at 0:10) Special ringtone for my brother: March of the Toreadors because we both liked it when we were kids. Calls forwarded from home to my mobile have “Komm und Tanz” by ...

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Favorite Airliner of all time
Replies: 34
Views: 2014

Re: Your Favorite Airliner of all time

My only flying on DC8s was with Flying Tigers on military charters. Not comfortable, but I was reassured I was on a good, solid, fine aircraft made before McDonnell got their hands on things. A beautiful plane as well.

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Favorite Airliner of all time
Replies: 34
Views: 2014

Re: Your Favorite Airliner of all time

L-1011 for the jet age. Based on looks but no flying experience: Airspeed Ambassador. Another looker: Lockheed L-1649.

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenyan lawmaker wants to ban flatulence on airplanes
Replies: 57
Views: 10347

Re: Kenyan lawmaker wants to ban flatulence on airplanes

In the immortal words of Sir Harry Secombe, “Curse this wind! I never should have eaten those balloons!”

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying with an emotional support animal may soon get a whole lot more difficult
Replies: 62
Views: 9193

Re: MAJOR crackdown on "Emotional Support" pets on the way

SEU wrote:
jumbojet wrote:
scbriml wrote:
So I can't take my emotional support giraffe on my next United flight? Outrageous.


Seriously, who has a giraffe as a pet to begin with?


That's the joke....


He really stuck his neck out, didn’t he?

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?
Replies: 131
Views: 19215

Re: What is Boeing’s overall commercial game plan?

It is not the focus of this topic, but Boeing may face the need of changing its name and brand soon, given the current scratch on its image added to several other factors, such as: ⋅  ⋅ Boeing is the family name of its founder who, despite a aviation pioneer, has not had a signi...

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian A321 Smoke in cabin/evac
Replies: 44
Views: 10014

Re: Hawaiian A321 Smoke in cabin/evac

It was not smoke. It was just that new-airplane smell.

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
Replies: 135
Views: 27026

Re: Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight

I think we still have freedom of speech in the USA... and this is not a newspaper The First Amendment protects you from the government censoring you. It has no bearing on the actions of private individuals nor private corporations. One may not use speech to incite problems, like, yelling “motion pi...

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bats on a plane
Replies: 15
Views: 2965

Re: Bats on a plane

Any different from bats in your belfry?

Or, bahts on TG?

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by WesternDC6B
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737
Replies: 68
Views: 15466

Re: Was it possible to build the MAX on 757 Platform instead of 737

Even if Boeing wanted to, there would be no way to bring any version of the 757 back. The tooling is gone. Boeing envisioned the 7E7 at the time would fill that gap and also fill up to the 764's gap. When the 787 was introduced, they were to build the 787-3 to replace the 757. This never happened a...

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 7118

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

Judge1310 wrote:
WesternDC6B wrote:
Judge1310 wrote:

Why even have United's name on your fingertips? UA had nothing to do with this Spirit event...


Besides, United breaks guitars, not wrists!


Maybe so, along with other carriers as well... :roll:


True, but United got its very own video about the story. /Lighten up!

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 7118

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

Judge1310 wrote:
kjeld0d wrote:
United testing a new system for Unaccompanied Minors?


Why even have United's name on your fingertips? UA had nothing to do with this Spirit event...


Besides, United breaks guitars, not wrists!

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by WesternDC6B
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 7118

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

I have always wanted to ride the luggage belts at an airport. I saw some TV "magazine" program years ago, where it showed some whiz-bang baggage handling system behind the scenes. Part of it was where bags that had a few hours from check-in to loading were sent to this room filled with hu...

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by WesternDC6B
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL
Replies: 47
Views: 7118

Re: Toddlers bag belt ride in ATL

dcaproducer wrote:
Side Note: when I first read the headline, I thought ATL put in a ride for kids that simulated a baggage belt. haha


If they did, I would ride it! All 186cm x 125kg of me! (would my shoulders fit through some of the tunnels?)

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by WesternDC6B
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man climbs on to wing of plane as it is about to take off
Replies: 31
Views: 7480

Re: Man climbs on to wing of plane as it is about to take off

Discuss and laugh all you want. What you see is the next step toward Basic Basic Economy.

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