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by ssteve
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?
Replies: 38
Views: 7332

Re: Which mystery European airline other than VS bought 15 Boom XB-1?

Arion640 wrote:
Losing rudders half way over the Atlantic...


Google says Tasman Sea. ;)

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by ssteve
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Galaxy re-engine?
Replies: 13
Views: 1510

Re: C-5 Galaxy re-engine?

flyingclrs727 wrote:
I found the sound of the TF-39 quite grating. It sounded as if someone left some loose screws in them. It was a wonder to me that an engine in proper working order could make such sounds.


Proper working order may be setting the bar too high.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread Pt.1
Replies: 8
Views: 1694

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread Pt.1

We could just change the Pt.1 to Pt.212 for clarity... not that there's any reason to close threads these days.

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by ssteve
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 53
Views: 10305

Re: United not looking at C Series

Skywatcher wrote:
I suspect that the Boeing unfair trade allegations against Bombardier are having the intended effect in the U.S.


I dunno, UA saying they're sooo disinterested that they're not even thinking about the C-Series is a great way to get Bombardier to revise any outstanding price quotes lower. ;)

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Avro Arrow model found in Lake Ontario
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Avro Arrow model found in Lake Ontario

Flipping zebra mussels

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?
Replies: 17
Views: 3581

Re: Why doesn't civil air cargo use planes like the Boeing C-17?

Fuel efficiency is a lower design priority than ruggedness, short field performance, and roll-on-roll-off type features. Range is typically lower. All that to say: the military planes are gas hogs. There are civil operators of types like the L-100... but those are for rare operators that want the fe...

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by ssteve
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drone hits winglet of landing aircraft (fake video)
Replies: 6
Views: 1765

Re: Drone hits winglet of landing (?) aircraft

They helpfully changed the "southwest" on the winglet to some other word... fakefakefakefakefake.

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Backed by WTO on $8.7 Billion in Incentives for 777X Jet
Replies: 27
Views: 3797

Re: Boeing Backed by WTO on $8.7 Billion in Incentives for 777X Jet

Washington State's revenue tax is just so weird. They need to suck it up and make a personal income tax.

I'd say they should suck it up and implement a VAT, but that's for the feds. The ideal corporate tax rate at the US state level is zero.

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by ssteve
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of 777X
Replies: 395
Views: 37648

Re: Future of 777X

The 777X will be a viable competitor itself, which certainly makes it look like the cost effective solution rather than creating a totally new airplane for a market that already has a viable competitor. I doubt Boeing itself expects there is any path to owning the market the way it once did. In a di...

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)
Replies: 196
Views: 4651

Re: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)

I think the civil engineers are just saying that the Houston metro would ideally have even more stormwater capacitance (like the two reservoirs that are currently overflowing). It's not a complicated solution, and it's a far cry from the Netherlands/NOLA solutions where the levee-enclosed cells need...

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by ssteve
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)
Replies: 196
Views: 4651

Re: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)

Honestly, they seem fairly well prepared at this point. No engineering extant anywhere is going to prevent widespread flooding when there's a widespread meter of rain. You have to judge more by whether emergency and essential services continue to operate throughout the crisis and aftermath. And sure...

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by ssteve
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)
Replies: 196
Views: 4651

Re: Harvey - Anyone here affected? (Hurricane Harvey)

I am worried this will get more Katrina-like once people get out of the moment and into the recriminations stage. If Houston manages to shelter tens to hundreds of thousands of people without things boiling over because people feel like their basic needs are not being attended to... bully for Housto...

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by ssteve
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 61157

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

What kind of delays is this causing for IAH? Will it shut the airport down? I was listening to a report that stated Houston is flood prone. What was the storm that flooded some NY airports? Also, I hope this discussion doesn't get moved to a non Civil Aviation forum. It is a very valid discussion f...

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by ssteve
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 321
Views: 38332

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Remember that in the end, Singapore's ULH a345s were configured with no economy seats. So it is actually possible that worrying about people in economy seats... doesn't apply. Maybe Y+.

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A600M
Replies: 44
Views: 7307

Re: A600M

keesje wrote:
It will be interesting what the USAF will buy now that requirements have outgrown the fifties


Giant drone octocopters with development costs shared with Amazon.

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon
Replies: 115
Views: 29444

Re: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon

https://twitter.com/ExtremeStorms/statu ... 5038569476

Seems to be a nice image showing the plane heading into the wind. Probably wasn't a crosswind.
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https://twitter.com/ExtremeStorms/statu ... 5038569476

Seems to be a nice image showing the plane heading into the wind. Probably wasn't a crosswind.

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)
Replies: 19
Views: 1779

Re: US Navy working on Drone based refueling system (CBARS)

The V-22, which will be used for COD, has the capability to be a tanker.

A drone would likely expand capabilities and might save deck space. I see the ROI there.

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by ssteve
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 123
Views: 14761

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

What other airports impose an actual curfew rather than a latest/earliest limit on schedules? I have arrived at 2am rather than 11pm on certain flights... beats a night on the floor.

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by ssteve
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 14029

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

Confuscius wrote:
Maybe United could use 787 delivery flights for passenger service too.


Ha!

Every once in awhile PAE-DEN turns out to have MANY empty seats, and everyone on the upgrade list is happy.

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by ssteve
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 14029

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

I don't question that there will be some segment of the local population willing to pay the premium to fly out of PAE The smart ones will factor in the cost of parking, and if PAE is smart, they'll keep parking costs low. I never thought Seatac was that tough to get to but it sucked parking off air...

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by ssteve
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL's Patriots Buy Two 767s ?!?
Replies: 150
Views: 23343

Re: NFL's Patriots Buy Two 767s ?!?

It would be interesting to try to find some travel companies to utilize these planes for sports-related charters. Fly on the Pats plane to Red Sox spring training....

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by ssteve
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New bridge over the St. Croix River opens
Replies: 17
Views: 705

Re: New bridge over the St. Croix River opens

I was trying to discover the why of this project as it sits where no existing bridge does, and appears to connect Minnesota exurbs to farmland in Wisconsin. It turns out it replaces the "Stillwater Lift Bridge" which is no beauty.

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by ssteve
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lower Deck Lavatories / Aircraft type?
Replies: 15
Views: 2999

Re: Lower Deck Lavatories / Aircraft type?

Cool thanks. Sounds like only A340-600 had this option activated. Someone has any exemple of Airline operating A330s with lower deck lavatories? http://www.airliners.net/photo/MyTravel-Airways/Airbus-A330-243/784979/L MyTravel/AirTours based on some prior comments here: http://www.airliners.net/for...

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by ssteve
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.
Replies: 264
Views: 56881

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

I believe it was in the Michael Creighton book, Airframe, where a plane either lost control or lined up on a taxiway (I believe the former) and the pilot of the plane holding short saw it coming and tried to spool up his engines and move the plane but it took too long and the landing aircraft struc...

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by ssteve
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta moves seat of Ann Coulter
Replies: 317
Views: 28694

Re: Delta moves seat of Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter, special snowflake.

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by ssteve
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dozens of American Airlines pilots face demotion, pay cut after losing contract dispute
Replies: 47
Views: 10479

Re: Dozens of American Airlines pilots face demotion, pay cut after losing contract dispute

This has everything to do with the E190 group 1 pay scale where the captains make less then and group 2 FOs on 73s/A32s. The deal between both TW/AA pilots were in place long before the AA/US merger. The deal was when a specific TW pilot is eligible for the upgrade he must take it. He was waiting t...

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by ssteve
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants
Replies: 193
Views: 23434

Re: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

Actually, the "aged" FA's usually provide better service and don't bitch as much as the middle aged ones going through a mid-life crisis and take it out on passengers. In my many years/flights with the regionals, AA, DL, US, NK, B6, WN, and VX, the "more seniored" FA's and the n...

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by ssteve
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta "security incident" - passenger attempts to open exit door
Replies: 117
Views: 14554

Re: Delta "security incident" - passenger attempts to enter cockpit

The cost of this incident is sunk.

The cost of terminating the employee, litigating it, dealing with union protests or whatever... might be more trouble than it is worth to just keep the employee.

It's not like there's value for shareholders in being punitive here. What a mess, though.

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by ssteve
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 82
Views: 23377

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

The sole-source vendor is dumb if they kill this revenue stream from DL because they get too greedy. I still sort of see this as DL signalling to that vendor its willingness to walk away from the type entirely. Unless the vendor is so busy it doesn't want this work. But that seems odd too. Overall w...

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by ssteve
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 82
Views: 23377

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

With the Saudi planes mothballed you'd think Delta could manage to work out a reasonable deal for engine spares. Maybe that's in the works and this just shows the current owner their willingness to find spares from their own planes if the price isn't right.

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by ssteve
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 87191

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

holzmann wrote:
So after it's all said and done, no real WB news? UA bought a few 77Ws. I think I read of a 77F order. Otherwise, crickets for MOM, 787-10, and 77X...


It was Ethiopian for 2 77F. They apparently already have 6.

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by ssteve
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 87191

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

788 is still selling. This I did not expect.

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by ssteve
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797/MOM Discussion Thread
Replies: 584
Views: 76620

Re: 797/MOM Discussion Thread

mjoelnir wrote:
Wide body, rather short, only one row of a few LD3-45 makes a beast of freighter?


I'm wasn't talking about with passengers on board.

You're right, though... where will they fit all the fish?

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by ssteve
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797/MOM Discussion Thread
Replies: 584
Views: 76620

Re: 797/MOM Discussion Thread

So the above market opinion seems to match what 757s eventually became unique for... a bit bigger, but longer legs.

797, if that's what they call it, will be a beast of a freighter at this rate. They'll be delivering drywall in it, just because it can.

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by ssteve
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797/MOM Discussion Thread
Replies: 584
Views: 76620

Re: 797/MOM Discussion Thread

I can see why B is launching the 737 Max-10 now and taking firm orders. There is nothing else to show...This MoM or 797 is still in the Power-Point slides stage of development. If you are still doing trade-studies on fuselage cross section, figuring out how to build the aircraft and making all thre...

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by ssteve
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10
Replies: 353
Views: 50113

Re: Boeing officially launches 737 MAX 10

And a pretty picture: https://leehamnews-5389.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MAX-10.png I like its proportions better than the -9. It'll be interesting to see what if any impact the landing gear changes have. I like how there are as many rows as the 737-100 by the time you reach the overwing ...

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by ssteve
Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737-9 and 787-10 Tandem Flying Display
Replies: 24
Views: 3862

Re: Boeing 737-9 and 787-10 Tandem Flying Display

When the Blue Angels start flying P-8s, you'll see a lot more of that.

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by ssteve
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Pictures of testing of braking parachute pod: The F-35A
Replies: 14
Views: 1922

Re: Pictures of testing of braking parachute pod: The F-35A

Why does Norway want this capability? What are the numbers on how much shorter the runway can be?

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by ssteve
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: VC-32 replacement
Replies: 33
Views: 3287

Re: VC-32 replacement

KC46 and BBJ MAX derivatives make a lot of sense.

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by ssteve
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mike Pence LGA excursion docket opened by NTSB
Replies: 24
Views: 5230

Re: Mike Pence LGA excursion docket opened by NTSB

Actually the US Air 737-400 incident is why they demo seat belts the way they are now. Autopsies showed passengers in First Class had broken fingers while still seated, meaning they were pushing DOWN on the buckle to release, not lift up. The deaths were in row 21, and there's nothing about that he...

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by ssteve
Wed May 24, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)
Replies: 1679
Views: 179526

Re: CSeries - Flight Testing And Production Thread (Part 2)

Hi all, anyone aware of BBD flight testing or customer-related flights through BTV? I can see the approach out my office window and there's an all-white plane that could be a CS300 (I never catch a look at the nose) doing frequent approaches today and recently. There's a BBA callsign today on flight...

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by ssteve
Tue May 23, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gorsuch dissents on limits on contributions.
Replies: 21
Views: 684

Re: Gorsuch dissents on limits on contributions.

I'm not a lawyer, but Gorsuch voted to hear a case here, not decide on one. This seems commensurate with his declining to join the pool of clerks which does the gatekeeping for the court. He ignored the consensus and voted to hear this case.

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by ssteve
Mon May 08, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6949

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

When checked bags, food, and basic human decency were included in an economy fare.

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by ssteve
Mon May 08, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6949

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

Outsourcing gate staff.

I have had consistently bad experiences transferring from mainline to regional. It's abundantly clear that the outsourced CSAs at the regional gates don't give a shit about any customer satisfaction metrics.

Reinforced today in EWR terminal A.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments
Replies: 2447
Views: 159096

Re: Boeing 777X - Updated Information And Developments

Is there a max passenger threshold over which Boeing has to redo the emergency evacuation test/drill? The one-class config in the 777-9X looks to be in the high 400s. Would it be legal?

I guess the same question goes for the 737-10.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.
Replies: 75
Views: 13314

Re: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.

I as flight crew am tired of some passengers thinking they are above the law towards crew. *customers. Really? Is "passengers" inappropriate or offensive to you? Yeesh No, the words passengers isn't offensive. Calling them customers really steamed a bunch of people though, which is telling.

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by ssteve
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.
Replies: 75
Views: 13314

Re: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.

FlyinRabbit88 wrote:
I as flight crew am tired of some passengers thinking they are above the law towards crew.


*customers.

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by ssteve
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could change one thing about flying as a pax on mainline, what would it be?
Replies: 55
Views: 3580

Re: If you could change one thing about flying as a pax on mainline, what would it be?

Being treated like a moron when the TSA or the airline changes procedures.

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