Even if the FC closet was full, the FA
still should have taken the man's jacket and said, "Don't worry, I'll figure something out."
|Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 26):|
Quoting zanl188 (Reply 9):
DoD reimburses the service member for excess bag charges. Service member just needs to claim on travel voucher, along with the rest of his/her travel expenses. Never understood why this was a big deal....
From a guy in uniform, I wholeheartedly agree.
Now, to my Army brethren...why do many of you travel in uniform? On the USAF side, we've been told not to travel in uniform unless absolutely necessary (or you're just getting out of Lackland...and don't get me started on those guys getting comp'd first class upgrades).
I served in the USAF
(over twenty years ago) and agree with what you both say. Bag charges will be reimbursed, but the member must apply for that, a slight hassle. That means the DoD/taxpayers cover it, instead of the airline losing bag charges. However, never at UA
have I seen Military charged for bags.
Strangely apropos -- this afternoon at work, I noticed a one-stripe Airman in the baggage claim, standing around looking lost. He wore full BDUs and carried two giant duffels with boots hanging off. I approached and asked "Can I help you?" -- he was looking for Ticketing and was transferring to a new duty station. I gave him directions to the UA
counter. I remember when I was going from Lackland to tech-school at SJT, and later from there to FRA
, I always wore dress blues.
|Quoting blueflyer (Reply 28):|
Instead we show our appreciation through well-meaning gestures that don't cost us much time, effort or treasury, such as wrapping a yellow ribbon around a tree or giving up a seat in first class, because we think that's what expected of us, and it should absolve us from having to do the harder but more meaningful gestures. It's nice and expedient, but not fetishistic, just politically correct.
|Quoting Mortyman (Reply 29):|
Let me ask ..., does American carriers also honor foreign soldiers who happen to fly on US carriers ? Soldiers who have fought side by side with your countrymen ? I don't expect that they would do such a thing, but considering the respect americans have for thier soldiers I just wanted to ask. Soldiers seem to get far more respect in the US than for instance Norway.
I should think so. They should at least be eligible for pre-boarding if in uniform -- the gate announcement does not specify only "US" military, after all. At IAH
, I have seen German, British, and Dutch military in full dress uniform traveling, but I don't know if they avail themselves of pre-boarding...probably not.
|Quoting wjcandee (Reply 52):|
It's a cultural norm, particularly after 9/11, to recognize that the use of force is an unfortunate necessity in a dangerous world, and that the people who volunteer to do so, and the families that support them, should never again be subjected, on an individual level, to the deplorable desecration that they experienced when soldiers returned from Vietnam.
The media and Hollywood were among the worst offenders in the 60s and 70s, and their norms are now to treat the military folks better than they would treat themselves.
Very true, and notice too how after 9/11 police and firemen are regarded as more heroic.
|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 58):|
If they joined up after 9/11 they would have had a pretty good idea of where they would end up at some point.
True, and they joined with that knowledge, even if the perks and benefits of military service might have been a lure.
In my book, active military do deserve special consideration.