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Fear of Flight Crews, Flying the Thugly Skies

America is the only nation in the G20 without a high speed rail system. Instead, we have airlines.

Used to be fun to fly in America…Now it is a chore. Airlines are cramming as many people into a plane as possible. Many have cut the distance between seats to make room for additional rows of seats – further increasing passenger discomfort. Airlines have made it as uncomfortable and difficult as possible to fly – and as such the number of in-air incidents is soaring.

Now they are stealing paid for seats with threats of violence.

Raygun “deregulated” airlines…And flying has gone to shit.

When my little one was small, we frequently bought a seat. The idea being it was safer for a toddler strapped in in car seat which was strapped in to the seat in the event of air turbulence. It is fairly common now that folks are injured by the violent movement of an airplane when it hits and air pocket. There simply is no way to hold a small child for hours in anticipation of an unpredictable event. So United in this case, screwed the safety of this baby to shoehorn another passenger onboard.

Mom feared beating by United employees — so she gave up toddler son’s $1,000 seat to standby passenger

United Airlines has formally apologized to a Hawaii middle school teacher after it forced her to hold her 27-month-old son on her lap for over three hours because it had given away his seat to a standby passenger.

Hawaii News Now reports that Shirley Yamauchi last month had just boarded a flight from Houston to Boston to attend a teachers’ conference when a standby passenger arrived behind her and informed her that he had been given the seat that was supposed to go to her 2-year-old son.

Yamamuchi tried in vain to get the flight attendant to help her resolve this problem, but the attendant told her the flight was full and simply walked away — thus forcing her to hold her young son in her lap for the duration of the flight.

“I had to move my son onto my lap,” she said. “He’s 25 pounds. He’s half my height. I was very uncomfortable. My hand, my left arm was smashed up against the wall. I lost feeling in my legs and left arm.”

Yamamuchi also said that she didn’t press the matter further because she feared United employees would beat her up, as they were infamously shown doing to passenger Dr. David Dao, whose violent removal from a flight from Chicago to Louisville back in April was captured on video.

“I started remembering all those incidents with United on the news,” she said. “The violence. Teeth getting knocked out. I’m Asian. I’m scared and I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t want those things to happen to me.”

United has now issued a formal apology to the woman, who paid $1,000 to secure her son’s ticket three months ago.

“We deeply apologize to Ms. Yamauchi and her son for this experience,” the airline said. “We are refunding her son’s ticket and providing a travel voucher. We are also working with our gate staff to prevent this from happening again.”

 

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Black Family Tossed From Jet Blue Aircraft Over a Birthday Cake

Once again, out of control flight crew show their behinds.

Family Says They Were Booted Off A JetBlue Flight Because Of A Cake

Video shows the family calmly complying with an officer. The airline claims it doesn’t show the whole story.

 

A New Jersey family is threatening to sue JetBlue airlines after the airline forced them off a flight last week due to an argument over a birthday cake, they say. The airline, meanwhile, argues a video shot by the passengers doesn’t capture the whole story and says they were kicked off because their behavior “demonstrated a risk for additional escalation in air.”

Cameron Burke was heading to Las Vegas with his wife and two kids out of New York’s JFK airport on May 3 when they and crewmembers had a conflict over how the birthday cake was stored, leading to the entire plane having to disembark, WABC News reported.

The family allegedly placed the dessert in an overhead bin reserved for emergency equipment. In a statement, the airline maintains that the family “refused multiple requests from the crew to remove the items.”

Instead of immediately complying, “The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crewmember’s fitness to fly,” the airline said.

The Burke family, speaking to WABC News, denies the airline’s claim that they refused to comply and used vulgar language.

In a video uploaded to social media, Cameron Burke is seen calmly addressing a Port Authority police officer as his son sobs across from him. His daughter, seen next to his wife who is wearing a tiara for her birthday, tells her father, “Daddy, I feel scared.”

“Has this since been resolved?” the officer asks the family.

“Yes, it’s on the floor,” Cameron Burke replies, referring to the cake.

The officer tells the family they did nothing wrong but will have to rebook their flight, according to the airline’s orders.

Speaking to WABC News after, the family called the airline’s response overblown and the flight attendants’ handling of the situation chaotic.

“She was pointing to her, did you tell him he couldn’t put anything in the overhead compartment?” Cameron said one flight attendant said to another.

“I had approached them, and I said everything was fine, and she said, ‘Sir, this does not involve you,’” he said one flight attendant told him. “When she told me I had been non-compliant, then I said, ‘Ma’am, had you been drinking?’ because her behavior was not normal.”

The airline says the family’s behavior was different after they began filming.

“The video circulating does not depict the entire incident and only starts after the objectionable behavior occurred and law enforcement were called,” an airline spokesperson told HuffPost on Sunday.

“The Captain determined the customers’ behavior demonstrated a risk for additional escalation in air and would not be allowed to fly. A full refund was given. The remaining customers re-boarded and the flight departed without further interruption,” the airline’s statement continued.

Cameron Burke, speaking to the New York Daily News, said he plans to file a lawsuit against the airline. He also wants the flight attendant fired.

“She has no business serving the public,” he told the news site. “I hope JetBlue will retrain their staff and recreate the culture I once loved.”

The airline noted that passengers are allowed to bring one carry-on and one personal item, including cakes, so long as they are within the size limits.

 

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Flight Rage!

Stopped flying for business about 4 years ago. Can’t say I miss it. The US Airlines and TSA have conspired to make the whole process so unmitigatedly miserable, they force you damn near to root for the terrorists. The drop dead stupid neo-Nazi Bushit Administration in their creation of Homeland Security never really considered if there were less heavy handed and less civil rights violating methodologies to secure the airlines. And like all Government Agencies one that Brobdingnagian bureaucracy was created, the group IQ quotient dropped to the level of mindless robotic pig fornicators, and no intelligent solution ever will b found. The single solution of the Goose-stepping, jackboots is to utilize technology for ever more invasive means to spy on the citizenry.

And that doesn’t even get to trying to book a flight and finding out the only way you can get from here to there is to suffer contorting into a cramped overcrowded compartment to fly to three other places, because it is near impossible to go from Place A to Place B directly…

First-class cabin fuels ‘air rage’ among passengers flying coach, study says

If you’ve felt your blood pressure rise after seeing passengers being served champagne on the tarmac while you’re fighting for overhead space in coach, you are not alone.

A new study finds that class division in the skies can have a real and occasionally dangerous effect on passengers in both sections of a plane.

Researchers report that the simple presence of a first-class cabin on an airplane is correlated with a nearly fourfold increase in the chance of an air rage incident in economy class.

And when economy-class passengers are forced to pass through the luxurious first-class area on their way to the cramped economy seats, the rate of air rage incidents is more than seven times higher than if there were no first-class seats at all.

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is based on data collected by a large international airline over several years and many thousands of flights.

However, in order to get access to the data, the authors agreed not to reveal the name of the airline.

“These companies have a lot of fear about releasing this type of data to the public,” said lead study author Katherine DeCelles, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto. “People like to bash airlines whenever they can.”

To be clear, true air rage is actually quite rare. DeCelles said it might include an intoxicated passenger refusing to sit down, or a passenger who has just been told to turn her phone off making a verbal threat to an in-flight worker.

On average, these incidents occur in economy class just .14 times per 1,000 flights when there is no first class cabin, and 1.58 times per 1,000 flights when there is a first class cabin.

Among first class passengers, air rage incidents occur 0.31 times per 1,000 flights.

“The very definition of the air rage phenomenon is that it has to endanger the safety of the flight,” DeCelles said. “It has to be pretty extreme to warrant documentation.”

Still, with a large data set, certain patterns emerged. The authors found that the presence of a first-class cabin predicted the chances of air rage better than a number of other factors, including how much legroom there was on the plane, how wide the seats were, and even how long a plane had been delayed.

The authors report that the presence of first class was associated with greater odds of air rage similar to the effect of a nine-hour, 29-minute flight delay. 

And when economy passengers boarded the plane from the front, rather than the middle, and had to see the first-class luxury they were missing, the chances of air rage was similar to the effect of a 15-hour flight delay…Read More Here

 

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in American Greed

 

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