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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newspaper Boeing 787 article on DL/VS/VX/AS
Replies: 18
Views: 5109

Re: Newspaper Boeing 787 article on DL/VS/VX/AS

What AS got by buying VX: their planes; their routes; their potential passengers; VX out of the market; they blocked a potential VX/B6 merger. I don't think the Virgin name carries the cachet in America that it does in the U.K. Sour grapes on the part of SRB.

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Civilian airliners as target practice?
Replies: 15
Views: 1680

Re: Civilian airliners as target practice?

I think it would be more accurate to say that the military occasionally uses civilian aircraft as target proxies when performing certain drills. For instance it would not be unusual for a missile site to track a civilian aircraft to validate radar tracking performance. Interceptor pilots might condu...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?
Replies: 36
Views: 4877

Re: Any US airports where major airlines turn out or powerback from gate?

Eastern used to do it all the time, pretty much everywhere I flew them. Saved a tug. I know they did it at JAX, ATL, CAE, CLT.

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9500th 737
Replies: 10
Views: 3054

Re: 9500th 737

One should consider that the DC-3/C-47 benefitted from a small dust up called WWII. The vast majority of the airframes were built as military transports. There was no serious competition at the time and even civilian aircraft were converted for military use. The 737 succeeded among a myriad of compe...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5831

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

Of course, the customers of any business pay the taxes levied upon those businesses. That not withstanding, the cost for such services includes the taxes and, therefore, the taxes impact demand for the services or products. The travelling public has paid many millions of dollars into the airways imp...

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5831

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

.......... the government has taken a great deal of money from the aviation industry in general and the airlines specifically in the form of taxes......... Please name the taxes and how they are assessed/collected. Thank you. There is a 7.5% Federal excise tax on tickets, a $5.60 9-1-1 security fee...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5831

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

To me, it seems that the government has taken a great deal of money from the aviation industry in general and the airlines specifically in the form of taxes and not delivered the promised benefits. We have dedicated controllers that somehow manage to keep the busiest airspace in the world functionin...

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by nikeherc
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 260
Views: 38837

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

I don't want to be put on a new aircraft with a cane. But such is life and the time it takes to design and build a new aircraft. I'm just hoping for some rides on the A350 (and 787-10's) with United out of EWR. Don't despair. I'm almost 71, have two artificial knees and COPD and I still board plane...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 Gate Fire at ORD
Replies: 22
Views: 6909

Re: KLM 747 Gate Fire at ORD

Wow, that occurred while the fuel truck was still connected. Scary.

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by nikeherc
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP
Replies: 140
Views: 14152

Re: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP

Let me be the first. Is it a write off?

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?
Replies: 90
Views: 15126

Re: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?

From what I heard from pilots the DC-8 would be flattered by being compared to a bus. Many seemed to think it was more like a dump truck. The only power assist was on the rudder from what I understand.

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by nikeherc
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?
Replies: 90
Views: 15126

Re: Why Did The Convair CV880 Not Sell Well?

I flew on the 880 on both Delta and JL. The JL flight was from HND to SEL. The things I remember most about the JL flight were the aggressive duty free sales with bottles of scotch being tossed about the cabin and the wings never being level. It felt like the pilot was practicing his ACM.

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator
Replies: 37
Views: 10336

Re: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator

Nikeherc says so, so it must be true. .. I'm glad you understand, but it's not true because I say so, but because it is true. Personally I don't really care, but it's hard to resist when you're throwing such easy pitches. It is true that the royals and elite in Saudi Arabia live incredibly luxuriou...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator
Replies: 37
Views: 10336

Re: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator

Air Force 1 is certainly a large airplane, because it needs to be. It is comfortable, because it needs to be. However, it is a working aircraft and relatively austere compared to most private aircraft and almost certainly so, when compared to the aircraft used by the Saudi royal family. Air Force 1 ...

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by nikeherc
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator
Replies: 37
Views: 10336

Re: The Saudi king travels with 460 tons of luggage and a gold escalator

The article stated that the entourage of 1500 people traveled on 36 different flights. There is no reason to expect that the 490 metric tons was for other than the king's immediate party. POTUS travels as he does because he requires the special communications suite in AF-1. In addition there is a sm...

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by nikeherc
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive
Replies: 27
Views: 3652

Re: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive

For those of you concerned with millimeter wave radiation from the scanners, I assume that you don't use cell phones, sit close to televisions or computers, and always wear sun screen when you go outdoors. Any of the mentioned electronic devices emit "radiation" and the sun causes far more...

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by nikeherc
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive
Replies: 27
Views: 3652

Re: TSA pat-downs about to become more invasive

I have two artificial knees. I can't make it through a metal detector without setting off the alarm. With the newer procedures in place, a simple winding of the body with a look at my knees won't suffice. I welcome full body scanners and appreciate being able to avoid the full body grope. You're sta...

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by nikeherc
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours
Replies: 12
Views: 2558

Re: Mouse Delays BA London-to-San Francisco Flight for 4 Hours

When I read the headline, I thought mice don't have the range for LHR-SFO.

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by nikeherc
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2832

Re: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft

Just another thought on this issue, as far as I know this aircraft never received an airworthiness certificate from any internationally recognized authority. Thus, even if restorable to flying condition, it would be considered experimental and not usable in any normal sense of the word. The cost of ...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens
Replies: 159
Views: 5576

Re: Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens

Fine, that gives me another reason to tell my wife we're going to Disney World instead of Rome.

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft
Replies: 14
Views: 2832

Re: Can the Shanghai Y-10 relic be restored as private aircraft

Apparently (Wikipedia) three were built. No.1 was used as the static test frame, No. 2 was the flight test frame and No.3 was used for fatigue tests. They only accumulated about 170 hours, which would be a small part of a western test program. It apparently required a flight crew of 5. The domestica...

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by nikeherc
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 720 why was it built
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

Re: Boeing 720 why was it built

You said it yourself, the 720 was a medium range jet and was phased out when the 727 came along. The 120 was for longer domestic flights. Because it was lighter, the 720 was more economical for shorter flights, and worked into smaller airports with shorter runways. At least that's how I understand it.

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by nikeherc
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 1699
Views: 126627

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

And here I thought the wisdom was that the 788 was dead and no new ones would be ordered. Oh well!

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by nikeherc
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orbis Hospital DC-10
Replies: 12
Views: 3681

Re: New Orbis Hospital DC-10

With the advances in medical technology, I would imagine that the equipment would have no longer life span than the aircraft. The equipment was palletized in order to make the installation easier, not to make it portable. Most of the service on the airframe would probably have to do with the environ...

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by nikeherc
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whitehouse Bans Press from Briefing
Replies: 57
Views: 1628

Re: Whitehouse Bans Press from Briefing

never mind.

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by nikeherc
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How fair are the laws in Israel
Replies: 24
Views: 764

Re: How fair are the laws in Israel

never mind.

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by nikeherc
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'Trump slump' hitting air travel
Replies: 145
Views: 7613

Re: 'Trump slump' hitting air travel

I may be in a minority of one here, but as a UK resident who has travelled to the US very extensively in recent years, I will do everything I can to avoid the USA for as long as Trump is President. If I have a work requirement that takes me there, I'll reluctantly have to go, but I will do all that...

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?
Replies: 70
Views: 6764

Re: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?

The transition zone allowed the FAs to extend the smoking area if there were more smokers than could be accommodated in the smoking section. It also allowed them to extend the no-smoking section if the front of the cabin was full. I remember sitting in my assigned non-smoking seat and having the FA ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Clay Lacy "riding" a DC-8
Replies: 23
Views: 3776

Re: Clay Lacy "riding" a DC-8

Clay Lacy is a member of a very special, very small group of modern aviators. You have to think Lacy, Hoover, Yeager, Tex Johnson, Glenn and Shepard and maybe just one or two others. If it had wings they could fly it better than anybody else. The world is a better place for their having been here an...

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by nikeherc
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 1699
Views: 126627

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

Quite an accomplishment in my home state. Congrats to Boeing SC.

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by nikeherc
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT 2016 US Airport Ontime Rankings; SLC best, LGA worst
Replies: 52
Views: 4796

Re: DOT 2016 US Airport Ontime Rankings; SLC best, LGA worst

BobPatterson wrote:
Sorry, but I was specifically addressing Delta and other airlines arriving at Atlanta. Specific routes were not addressed.


Not to put too fine a point on the matter, but do you actually have any data or statistics on this, or are you just making assertions?

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by nikeherc
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS
Replies: 78
Views: 5856

Re: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS

Gee, what a shame! If Charleston had voted the union in, the workers would have immediately gotten smarter and the planes would have been better. Perhaps the workers would haven begun to speak with a Pudget Sound accent. Or, perhaps, not.

Good going Boeing South Carolina!

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concurent visitors and airliners in airport
Replies: 11
Views: 1342

Re: Concurent visitors and airliners in airport

You would also need to account for the dead period from about 0200 to 0500 and the fact that there are banks of services that are not all equal. Main pushes occur morning and afternoon, so the instantaneous occupancy would be very difficult to forecast.

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air South Airlines
Replies: 12
Views: 1802

Re: Air South Airlines

Thanks WV399. I really wanted them to make it. In my home airport, CAE, they occupied the former Eastern/Continental gate area. It was fun while it lasted. Best wishes in the rest of your career.

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concurent visitors and airliners in airport
Replies: 11
Views: 1342

Re: Concurent visitors and airliners in airport

Find the certificate of occupancy for the airport. That's probably pretty close to the Thanksgiving Wednesday peak number in the US.

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLT AA Flight Struck Deer
Replies: 34
Views: 6127

Re: CLT AA Flight Struck Deer

Back in the day, I was on a red tail (NWA) 707 on approach to Anchorage. We had to go around because of two moose on the runway. The airport sent a truck out to herd them off of the active.

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 5450

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

Labor wanted Doug and they got Doug. I always thought of him as the low end of airline management, but that's my opinion.

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Classic airliners soon to be retired. What will be missed and what won't?
Replies: 28
Views: 5396

Re: Classic airliners soon to be retired. What will be missed and what won't?

I spent a lot of time on DC-9 family aircraft. Not so much on early 737s or 757s. Never got to fly the 747. I don't really miss the 727 either, they always felt crowded to me. The plane I miss the most is the DC8-51. I found it comfortable in even the middle seat and I thought it had inherently the ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air South Airlines
Replies: 12
Views: 1802

Re: Air South Airlines

Believe that was another Air South, which was headquartered in Columbia, SC. They did fly some leased 732s for several years. They flew from 1994 to 1997. Atlanta was the hub, although they flew some point to points. They served CAE, ATL, PIE, TLH, JAX, GSP, CHS, SAV, MIA, MDW, RDU, ORF. The livery ...

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by nikeherc
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it legal to aim police LIDAR/LASER gun at airplane to measure speed?
Replies: 10
Views: 2162

Re: Is it legal to aim police LIDAR/LASER gun at airplane to measure speed?

It probably is, but if you sit at the end of a runway pointing anything vaguely gun-shaped at an airplane, be prepared for more questions than you want to answer. Possibly, even several interviews with people with badges and guns, who are likely to be very skeptical.

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by nikeherc
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNCONFIRMED: Eastern Airlines On Brink Of Shut Down
Replies: 83
Views: 25070

Re: Eastern Airlines On Brink Of Shut Down

I remember the original Eastern fondly in the 60s and 70s until I moved to Hawaii. Great people, great service. After that - there are lots of books about what happened in their final months. Then you remember a different Eastern than I do. I started flying them in 1967 and flew them up until the e...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines at Kai Tak
Replies: 11
Views: 2617

Re: Northwest Airlines at Kai Tak

In the late 1960s NW operated from Kai Tak to Okinawa and from Okinawa to Taipei.

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by nikeherc
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Palm Beach International - Trump effect
Replies: 14
Views: 3095

Re: Palm Beach International - Trump effect

There is also usually a press charter.

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by nikeherc
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin
Replies: 132
Views: 8089

Re: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin

Folks, be careful what you ask for. The government decided to intervene in the funeral industry many years ago. At the time, funeral homes generally charged an inflated price for the casket. That price included embalming, use of the funeral home for services and visitation, the hearse, family cars, ...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 1699
Views: 126627

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43

Hainan's latest 787-9 wears a special livery: 4185065 Anymore news on the 787-10? First spotted over a month ago in the FAL. According to All Things 787 it is in position 4 on the line and due to roll out on 2/23/17. It takes extra time to assemble a new model because there are some differences and...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS
Replies: 78
Views: 5856

Re: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS

micstatic wrote:
If they go union they will lose a significant advantage they have over Seattle. I think in the medium to long term going union would end the plant.


I would much prefer to live in Charleston on a current Boeing SC salary than to live in Seattle on a Boeing Seattle salary.

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by nikeherc
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers in cargo class?
Replies: 27
Views: 4724

Re: Passengers in cargo class?

I once flew from Osan, Korea to Okinawa with a stop at Cheju Island on a C-141. I was leader of a team modifying Nike Hercules missile sites and we had a lot of tools and materials we had to carry with us. Our luggage was on a pallet in the main cargo floor and we were on "ass racks" that ...

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by nikeherc
Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father
Replies: 104
Views: 13101

Re: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father

In this case it was reported he was sick in hospice. So he was in hospice. When my brother entered hospice, he went from a hospital ICU where he was talking and making rational decisions to unconscious in a matter of hours. You weren't on the plane and I wasn't on the plane. We don't know how anyon...

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by nikeherc
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father
Replies: 104
Views: 13101

Re: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father

It is not Allegiant's fault here. If you are on an airplane, you follow instructions no matter what your personal issues are. If the sisters were so concerned about their father, then they should have been by his side sooner then on his death bed. This "all about me" mentality is pathetic...

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by nikeherc
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air contamination on flights
Replies: 31
Views: 2920

Re: Air contamination on flights

The air in airliners used to be much worse than it is now. In the days of smoking, it was often unbearable. I remember opening suitcases only to receive a blast of ash tray like air. Of course in those days, people were also allowed to smoke at work, which also didn't help. I was fairly fortunate no...

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