D L X wrote:
I’ve flown in and out of DCA on July 4 a number of times. It’s not as busy as the average weekday but it’s busier than a Sunday.
To all the people who aren’t from here, telling us to suck it up, or telling us that it’s no big deal, shhhhhh. Listen. We might have a better understanding of the situation that people from elsewhere.
This is a significantly different event for DCA than in every year previous, and it is extremely disruptive to plans. The people who planned this showed they had zero regard for the people that live here and the people who normally attend this event.
I also live here. I respect your opinion, but it doesn’t make you the top authority on the matter, as it does not make me the top authority either. You’re blowing this way out of proportion.
Not claiming to be the top authority. I'm suggesting to the non-Washingtonians to listen to us instead of telling us how we feel.
(And also, being from here, you are aware that DCA is a hub for AA, right? I know you're a United guy, but...)
If it disrupts your plans SOO very much, stay home.
I am. For the first time in while, I will neither be on a plane or on The Mall on July 4. I also will not be out on the Potomac, because they've cordoned that off also. I'll be smoking a brisket at home instead.
But for the tens of thousands of people who will be flocking to our capital to celebrate our great nation (and enjoy some kickass airplane/fireworks action), this is going to be a 4th of July for the history books!
No one is going to be flocking to DC since they JUST announced that they were doing it. That wasn't even enough time to plan a Blue Angels show (and set up the appropriate safety zones like they do for San Francisco Fleet Week), so it will only be a fly by.
At that time of night, there won’t be anyone scrambling to make any connections in DCA, nobody will be scrambling to get to a business meeting, and nobody will miss any international connections at that time of night.
That time of night will by 6:15 - 7:45. Sunset is two hours later. As for nobody scrambling, tell that to the people booked on the flights that were supposed to arrive and depart during that time, which up until this week, was well before the fireworks. It's not up to you to tell them that they are not inconvenienced.
You need to understand -- I LOVE the military, and I LOVE military aviation. This was poorly planned and without care to those it would impact.