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Air Travel

Anyone flown United lately? They've changed the layout of their planes to better serve their "premium" members, giving them more legroom. They did this without changing the number of seats on the plane, though. You know how? By pushing all the seats in the back half of the plane a couple inches closer together. Now, when they guy in the seat in front of you reclines the 3 degrees permissible, his seatback ends up bumping your forehead. If you're over 5'7", you will hate being past row 10 on these things. Ick.

Meanwhile, my coworker Paul has just returned from the most arduous flight I've heard of to take place on only one continent. He was traveling for over 20 hours yesterday, just to get from DC to Tucson. He spent 8 hours on tarmacs waiting for gates. Don't you love air travel today?


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Jan. 10th, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)
Think that's bad? At least he didn't have to sit on the plane for hours like people at Seattle-Tacoma had to do on the 3rd when some bozo fell asleep while guarding a concourse exit. Guess that 100 hours of training the TSA gets really paid off in that instance. (And afterwards, the news media was trying to fill up space by 'conjecturing if he would be fired'. Puh-leeze! What do you think should be done - give him a raise?!) Also, another bomb threat called in to SeaTac pushed everything back by hours as well.
The moral of the story is, during the holiday season, unless unavoidable, you should not fly. Stay home. Or drive. or take a boat. Anything but fly!
(And yes, United doesn't offer much legroom. But at that point I was very happy just to have them flying!)
Jan. 10th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Sleeping
He still had to sit on the plane for hours. To the passengers, the reason is immaterial.

But, the TSA did fire the screener the other day. It took them a couple days to decide that sleeping on the job was unacceptable, though. heh
Jan. 10th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)
The Army still hasn't. Not all federal government jobs are created alike.
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