hOMSaR wrote:Since Southwest is a low-cost carrier, they don’t pay the air construction fees that the others do, so they’re relegated to the backroads of the air traffic network, with more potholes and such. Their higher fleet usage also means they don’t have time to inflate the wings as much, which can result in a bumpier ride.
Add me to the list of folks who LOVE this response.
But let me tell you, my Mom believed something very much like this; years ago (well, it had to be, because she has been dead for just shy of ten years ago...), she complained that her flight to SFO to connect to Qantas and her onward flight to Australia was very bumpy, and she was absolutely convinced it was because Braniff could not afford to buy "...the better altitudes." She resolved that, next time she went, she was taking Delta or American. Of course, she never went again...
The roughest flight I ever took (by a very considerable margin) was on AirNZ, SYD-LAX, new year's day, 2000. Try as they could (and man alive, did they try!), no altitude yielded smooth air, and I mean it was the kind of rough that made it almost impossible to take a drink of water, much less walk around the cabin or use the lav. It was simply miserable.