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by Virtual737
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Afriqiyah planes damaged after Tripoli Airport attack
Replies: 19
Views: 7347

Re: Afriqiyah planes damaged after Tripoli Airport attack

Strange this is not headline news on "western" media. Although we are on an airliners forum the loss of human life is the paramount issue. RIP to all souls lost :( Don't care atm about the fate of the plane as it is very sad that in 2018 we are still discussing about militia attacks in th...

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by Virtual737
Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flashback 1987
Replies: 41
Views: 4340

Re: Flashback 1987

midway7 wrote:
A lot of 727's in the skies back then! Those were the days!


Was just thinking the same.

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by Virtual737
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: steeper flight path to appease not so locals.
Replies: 18
Views: 5263

Re: steeper flight path to appease not so locals.

Draconian measures are required. Unless the homeowners can prove that these properties have remained in the same family since before the airport existed as an airfield (in which case they should be offered twice the value of a comparable house in a non-noise affected area and still get to keep the h...

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by Virtual737
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?
Replies: 144
Views: 35200

Re: Is there a database to find registrations for past flights?

Great kudos to whoever can tell me the type (reg would be nice, but type is all I really need) for a Dan-Air charter? flight from Turin to London Gatwick in the first week on January (probably around Jan 3) of either 1986 or 1987. I'm pretty sure it was a 727 or BAC1-11. Been wanting to know for yea...

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by Virtual737
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimal "extra" range necessary to allow a flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 3335

Re: What is the minimal "extra" range necessary to allow a flight?

Surely they don't count ;) Well in this case the OP was talking about a flight to Miami so I suspect US Law would apply for that routing. He was talking NAT-MIA so presumably a Brazilian registered aircraft so US law does not apply under normal circumstances. Gemuser It would still depend if it is ...

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by Virtual737
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Fanboys" Why do you Love Your Airline?
Replies: 16
Views: 2802

Re: "Fanboys" Why do you Love Your Airline?

"Fanboy" is often used in a demeaning manner, so although I am (or at least was) a "fan" of a particular airline I would never consider myself a "fanboy".

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by Virtual737
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad and its flopping investments
Replies: 13
Views: 4993

Re: Etihad and its flopping investments

It's a shame to see some of the changes. I flew Etihad long haul approx 16-20 segments per year for several years, always booked in J, but mainly flown in F. I stopped because I didn't actually have to travel and they stopped offering me incentives to keep my Platinum status (about 2 years ago). I h...

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by Virtual737
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR Christmas ad
Replies: 33
Views: 4690

Re: LHR Christmas ad

eaa3 wrote:
Is there anything the British love more than nostalgia. Maybe, emotional manipulation by for profit companies?


A for profit company taking the risk of producing an advert designed to create a net profit? Disgusting behaviour. I shall be writing to my MP.

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by Virtual737
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Leasing
Replies: 4
Views: 4538

Re: Aircraft Leasing

Usually the airline especially on long leases. For example SQ owned (and copywrited) their seats so leasing the A380 they installed the seats on delivery and took them all out before handing back the first airframe recently. A bit picky I know but there's a world of difference between copywriting s...

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by Virtual737
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 327
Views: 63744

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

I think it is high time this is done. Remember, the corruption around RollsRoyce, and Thai and AirAsia? People responsible need to go to jail. As long as that includes the recipients of said bribes too, otherwise it will achieve nothing. How would you want to achieve putting recipients in [for exam...

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by Virtual737
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes
Replies: 327
Views: 63744

Re: Airbus CEO warns of significant impact from corruption probes

kiramakora wrote:
I think it is high time this is done. Remember, the corruption around RollsRoyce, and Thai and AirAsia? People responsible need to go to jail.


As long as that includes the recipients of said bribes too, otherwise it will achieve nothing.

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by Virtual737
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine
Replies: 25
Views: 5018

Re: BA Pax Claims They Were Forced To Sit In Urine

A friend of mine flew BA many years back and got sick on the plane. She said the flight attendant brought some tissues and made her clean it up herself. This news story is comparable to that experience and completely believable. It just sounds like that's BA's policy. Sounds perfectly reasonable to...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports near country borders
Replies: 32
Views: 1734

Re: Airports near country borders

"Near" is rather subjective. Could you put some kind hard distance on it?

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 6247

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

Interesting you should mention Phnom Penh. My longest number of stops was a flight from PNH > BKK last year which ended up as PNH > BKK > PNH > VTE > DMK and a total journey time of 3 weeks for a direct line distance of 500km. Those first 2 flights (PNH > BKK > PNH) were on the same afternoon and di...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2040

Re: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

2 weeks on.... only way to make a complaint was via the "e-form" on the website. Apart from the automated reply "Case Acknowledgement", zero correspondence received. Shouldn't really be surprised. Just bought 4 tickets on Nok Air so it's cost them a few hundred $$$ so far. Will c...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.
Replies: 152
Views: 12295

Re: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.

Turning this topic 180 degrees, if I were to start an airline today it would be either Line Air or Air Line.

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by Virtual737
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best/Worst seats on any airline?
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Best/Worst seats on any airline?

Worst - Cathay Pacific "shell" economy seat as fitted to a 747 around 2012. No proper recline and paper thin padding made for supreme discomfort.. Best - First Class Apartment on Etihad A380. Have been lucky enough to fly about 10 longhaul segments in them and they are just superb. Was all...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cool webcam at Prague Airport....
Replies: 5
Views: 2142

Re: Cool webcam at Prague Airport....

Fantastic webcam. Well worth a look. Live FR24 data and ATC feed. Why can't ALL airports have something like this. Thanks for posting.

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by Virtual737
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 6442

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

I never left the airport at NRT - Tokyo Aha, I actually never left Narita. Travelled on a "buddy pass" type deal with Virgin back in the 90s. Took the bus into town from the crew hotel and got drunk (up the stairs from the train station and into the labyrinth of back streets), thinking I ...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 6442

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Has anyone ever actually been to Atlanta? Or is it just a myth of a city? I thought it was nothing more than an airport, the CNN Center, and a Coke bottling facility. Maybe a peachtree or two in between those places. Can't believe I forgot Atlanta. My first ever flight.... LGW > ATL on a Delta L1011.

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 6442

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Detroit Minneapolis Zurich New Orleans (not sure if you'd call that a hub, was back in 83 on either Delta or TWA I think) Abu Dhabi more than 40 times, although I did once go through security for a sweaty cigarette and a passport stamp. Other hub cities I've travelled through I also just happened to...

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by Virtual737
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planning Flights for US Trip-Help
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Planning Flights for US Trip-Help

Sounds like some great advice from UALFAson. $1400 sounded crazy cheap for return J flight CAI - JFK but sure enough, I just tried Nov 9 to Nov 18 and got a price of $1360. Also surprising (to me, maybe not to others) is that the EgyptAir website didn't feel very "Egyptian". The 3 rotating...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 26699

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

These are 2 different things. Concerns over harder maintenance based on shoddy maintenance of something highly visible is reasonable. It's a concern - it's not saying the harder maintenance MUST be shoddy, but there is good reason to take a closer look. 20% of road accidents are caused by drunk dri...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 26699

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

To me it's just as huge a leap to suggest that if the seat belt tags are worn then there should be concern about how the harder stuff is being handled. Also if the best way we have for the FAA to monitor how airlines handle the harder stuff is to check the seat belt tags then there's a bigger probl...

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 13176

Re: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025

Please put me into the "no to ground based pilots" camp for pax operations. I would want any pilot to have just as much riding on the safe operation of the flight as I do.

Maybe the bankers are still hurting from the advent of the ATM, some 48 years ago next month.

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by Virtual737
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 26699

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

dtw2hyd wrote:
They can take apart any plane


Yep, seen that.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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by Virtual737
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes you have been with
Replies: 53
Views: 3404

Re: Planes you have been with

Entered one or two cockpits in my time. Wouldn't want to name them.

More often than not the flaps were full and my undercarriage was extended. Inner marker wasn't always obviously reached on one if I remember correctly and another lost rubber on the rollout.

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by Virtual737
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2040

Re: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

Hi there, sorry to hear about your predicament. Would you mind to PM me the booking number and any evidence or document you have relating to the case? Also, if you can give the English name told by the staff and a copy of the birth cert, it could help. Also the staff name and the address. I will ch...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?
Replies: 56
Views: 4307

Re: Are you choosing not to travel to the USA?

Used to travel a couple of times a year on average from Europe. Not been back for almost 10 years now. Main issue was the "if you don't like it stay the hell out" attitude but can't remember any specifics. Laptop ban of any kind would preclude me from travelling pretty much anywhere. To be...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2040

Re: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

Thanks for the replies so far. The thing that really bugs me is that AirAsia will not act as one company, they only act as individuals. The fact that the name used was supplied by AirAsia themselves doesn't seem to matter to them... it wasn't supplied by someone at that airport. Interestingly, on th...

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by Virtual737
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It
Replies: 12
Views: 2040

Thai AirAsia - We Make A Mistake But Do You A Favour By Asking You To Pay Us More To Fix It

This just happened (and is still happening) to people close to me. 1.) Mother and 2 year old son want to take an internal flight within Thailand on Thai AirAsia. Mother has full Thai ID (both English and Thai names). Son has birth document (all in Thai). AirAsia require that all tickets are booked i...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 9357

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

Evaluating past decisions is one way of learning. You posted to tell us that the thread was not worth posting in. In the future it's OK if you just skip to the next thread. Easy tiger, I don't recall saying it wasn't worth posting in. Let me elaborate why I think it's a nice exercise but not of any...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October
Replies: 83
Views: 19952

Re: Etihad Airways To Retire A340 Fleet Late October

Was lucky enough to get up to Etihad Platinum (Gold Elite at the time) when they were running lots of double/treble miles promotions circa 2012. A346 was my first trip with them as a bump from J to F. VERY nice flight, probably better than the slightly newer F on the 77W due to the quieter cabin (is...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights
Replies: 79
Views: 16066

Re: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights

Human beings, in the last couple of decades, have developed a sense of entitlement that they, and only they, are the ones that matter. Never mind there may be 150 other people on the plane, many of whom have the same idea they should be the only passenger that matters. Not really sure how that's re...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 17 yr old jumps out of aircraft upon landing at SFO
Replies: 21
Views: 9184

Re: 17 yr old jumps out of aircraft upon landing at SFO

barney captain wrote:
speedbird52 wrote:
Psychological issues possible?


Most assuredly. What else could explain referring to a 737 as a "jumbo".

:lol:


Very good!

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights
Replies: 79
Views: 16066

Re: "You can't do this to us" TS Pax call 911 after being trapped on diverted flights

It does seem at times that airlines and or airport management lose sight of the fact that passengers are humans and the "running of the show" trumps everything else when the running of the show is actually all about the passengers. Sometime in the early naughties I was in the back of a BA ...

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by Virtual737
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 9357

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)? PayPal and Google. They could have kept most of the €20 Bn in the bank too and just made planes for fun today. This is one of those hindsight questions that is a nice exercise but doesn't really have any true value because we can't change history. ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight
Replies: 34
Views: 8900

Re: Crew allows child to control aircraft inflight

An Eastern Air Lines captain once let me sit in his seat with my hands on the yoke while at cruise between ATL and IAH in an A300; one of the greatest experiences of my life at the time (I was around 12 or 13). The autopilot was engaged, but it was a thrill beyond words. That is even more like the ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 9357

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)? PayPal and Google. They could have kept most of the €20 Bn in the bank too and just made planes for fun today. This is one of those hindsight questions that is a nice exercise but doesn't really have any true value because we can't change history. H...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet PR fiasco: turning the blind eye to sexual harassment allegations
Replies: 9
Views: 2613

Re: Interjet PR fiasco: turning the blind eye to sexual harassment allegations

but not mentioning the overall pitiful behaviour of the crews while on layover (I find that swimming in your underwear is rock bottom trashy). I have heard a lot of BA crews engaging in trashy behaviours while on layovers. These guys and girls are human (even the few god complex pilots). It's unrea...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is 747 dying?
Replies: 59
Views: 11334

Re: Is 747 dying?

A modified B-2 as AF1? Cute. http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/imagecache/large_img/uploads/2017/02/presidential-bomber1.jpg http://aviationweek.com/defense/presidential-bomber-report-touts-b-21-air-force-one Gonna believe this about 10yrs after I see it. Not a quad, no room...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....
Replies: 26
Views: 8591

Re: Fed-Ex MD-11 Rocket-Like Take Off Tonight....

Here's a reasonably sporty MD-11 climb out from Western Global

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmW80HjPTPE

I'm loving one of the comments: Actual ATC transcripts: "Western Global 6969, contact NASA on departure"

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Please delete if duplicate thread
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: Please delete if duplicate thread

"I've searched the forums for similar topics but didn't find anything, but please delete this thread if it is a duplicate". I doubt this kind of comment at the top of so many threads has ever led to a moderators' action being influenced. Is it possible to dissuade the inclusion? Thanks. I...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12167

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Updates to this story suggest that the passenger pushed the airport employee in the face before getting punched... http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/834823/Nice-airport-punch-easyJet-British-man-baby-passenger-France-flight-delayed If true, the reaction of the airport worker is "understandable&...

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by Virtual737
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12167

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

Could you explain what we've done that is so funny. Actions of a few does not excuse racismor xenophobia to the many. Not all Muslims are terrorists yet almost all terrorists are Muslim. You wouldn't allow an entire religion to be demonised because of the actions of a few so why is it ok for anti B...

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York
Replies: 3
Views: 2578

Re: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York

Back in the air again. Wonder what that was all about?

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12167

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

sevenair wrote:
Yet it's ok to make dereogatory and xenophobic comments about the UK?


To be fair I think we've given others plenty to laugh about, so let them. It wont affect your life. Stiff upper lip and all that old boy.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face
Replies: 71
Views: 12167

Re: French airport worker punches British EasyJet passenger in the face

TYCOON wrote:
Given how British passengers generally behave, the guy probably deserved it!


Perhaps, but not while holding a 9 month old baby.

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by Virtual737
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York
Replies: 3
Views: 2578

Re: DY7098 LAX-CDG diverting to New York

Safely down at JFK. Pilot on ATC sounded specifically English.

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