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#41 KK Lee

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 09:32 PM

On airplanes, personal space is a vanishing commodity
 
Colder weather brings with it one certainty for air travelers: the start of space wars.
 
You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Sweaters, jackets and bags overpacked with holiday presents make small economy seats feel even smaller. The disagreements start with the overhead luggage compartment and extend to the space under and between the seats.
 
It’s no secret that space is at a premium. The situation is so bad that the government decided to regulate the minimum size requirements for seats in the FAA Reauthorization Bill passed earlier this month.
 
A survey by the market research firm CivicScience finds that passengers are deeply divided about personal space on planes. For example, it reported that 78 percent of U.S. adults agree that the window seat has control of the window shade. Only 21 percent of adults surveyed said the middle seat has the right to both armrests; 53 percent said it does not. Interestingly, of the 21 percent who think the middle seat has the right to both, the majority are men. (The correct answer in just a moment.)
 
 
So how do you win the space war on a plane? The short answer is: You don’t. Go for a cease-fire instead. Many airlines have quietly stripped almost everything that once came with economy-class tickets, including a generous amount of personal space, a meal, a seat reservation, a checked bag, even a carry-on bag. That has left passengers fighting for what’s left.
 
Here’s what’s at stake:
 
Armrests: They only belong to you if you’re sitting in the middle seat. And who wants to sit in a middle seat? “The rule is, if you share an armrest, the person in the middle generally gets to use both,” says San Francisco-based etiquette consultant Lisa Grotts. If you’re in an aisle or window seat, yield to the passenger in between and be careful when you move your elbows,” she adds.
 
Overhead luggage bin: That’s community property, no matter where you’re sitting. But you can’t store whatever you want in one of them. “Jackets and oversized garments belong on the floor in front of the passenger on packed flights,” explains frequent flier Jawn Murray, a television host from the District. “It is totally inconsiderate to fill up limited overhead space with bulky coats when people are trying to keep from checking their carry-on bags and need the overhead space.”
 
Space in front of your seat: It’s yours, mostly. Airline insiders I’ve talked to describe it as a “shared” space that belongs to you by default until someone leans into it. “Leaning your seat back should include a quick ask of the person directly behind you,” says frequent air traveler Michael Alexis, a strategic consultant who regularly commutes between his home in New York and Beijing. But what comes next is a negotiation. How far back can you lean before the passenger behind you is wedged in?
 
Space under the seat in front of you: That’s yours, within limits. If your carry-on bag is so large that it pushes into the personal space of the person in front of you, then you’re back to negotiating with the passenger in that seat.
 
Window shade: If you’re sitting in the window seat, you control it — mostly. “For the window shade, you don’t own it as much as you are responsible for it,” says veteran business traveler Jeffrey Walsh of Delran, N.J., who founded a social network for travelers called Nomo FOMO. “If you are looking out of the window and trying to enjoy the sunset, then you can keep it up to enjoy. However, you should take into consideration others around you.” For example, if you’re not looking out the window on a long flight and the sun is low on the horizon, causing a glare, consider closing the shade. Also, follow the instructions of the flight attendants. When they ask you to close the shade, do so.
 
These rules may seem picayune, but frequent fliers take them seriously. Although they’re often unstated, they are nonetheless enforced by passengers or crew members.
 
Tres Roeder, who runs a consulting company in Cleveland and flies often, has adopted this exact definition of personal space: “It’s the space in front of you and next to you, the floor space beneath the seat in front of you, and the head space above you.” When someone invades it, he doesn’t immediately fight back but tries to negotiate a truce.
 
“We’re all smashed in economy class like sardines so we should work together,” he says.
 
It shouldn’t have to be that way. Passengers should have enough space in the overhead bins, in their seats and below their seats. But eliminating space is part of the airline business model, says Brent Bowen, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor who publishes the Airline Quality Rating.
 
“They want to take the space away from you — and then sell it back,” he says.
 
Did passengers ask for any of this? If so, I haven’t heard from them. Airlines argue that the squeeze is a result of customer demand for cheaper seating.
 
But none of this would be happening if the U.S. airline industry actually competed for your business. With more than 80 percent of domestic traffic controlled by the four largest U.S. airlines, the big carriers can do whatever they please.
 
All of which brings us back to the upcoming space war. This fall, know your territory, negotiate a detente and never forget who is responsible for the guy who leans all the way back, squeezing you even tighter into an economy-class vise grip.
 
 
So, just who is this etiquette person anyway?  What makes her an expert?
 
Etiquette is basically the rules of society.  Those rules exist only because the majority of people agree that's how things should be done.
 
So, when she says the middle seat gets both armrests, and only 21% agree with her, she is by definition wrong.
 
 
 


#42 KK Lee

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 01:10 PM

Why the worlds flight paths are such a mess

https://multimedia.s...aths/index.html

Edited by KK Lee, 24 October 2018 - 01:11 PM.


#43 Fahiruz

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 12:34 PM

Singapore Airlines flight to Osaka delayed nearly 6 hours due to refuelling issue

 

SINGAPORE: Passengers on a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Singapore to Osaka were stranded for nearly six hours on Sunday morning (Nov 11) after the plane was delayed due to a refuelling issue. 

Flight SQ618, which was an Airbus A380, was scheduled to depart Singapore at 1.30am local time. 

 

The delay was due to an overfuelling of the aircraft, as well as the unavailability of a defuelling truck at Changi Airport, said an SIA spokesperson in response to Channel NewsAsia's queries. ​​​​​​​

The flight eventually took off at 7.13am after a replacement aircraft was deployed. 

 

"Unfortunately, we are unable to provide specifics on the quantity of fuel uplifted or required for the flight," said the spokesperson. 

All passengers were served light refreshments prior to boarding, he added. 

 

Read more at https://www.channeln...-issue-10918286



#44 KK Lee

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 12:07 AM

On some of the newer planes flown by American, Delta and United airlines, the bathrooms in coach are just 24 inches wide. For comparison, thats roughly the width of the average dishwasher or the size of Kim Kardashians waist.

By comparison, the average porta-potty is roughly 34 inches wide. Same with the stalls in the womens restrooms at Reagan National Airport.

According to the manufacturer, the new-style bathrooms free up enough space to fit six more passengers onboard.

https://www.washingt...m=.aef5bba2dfc0

#45 KK Lee

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:03 PM

Airline loyalty schemes criticised as waste of money

Airline loyalty schemes are a waste of money and frequent fliers could save far more by shopping around for cheap flights, a travel expert has claimed.

Jack Sheldon said that schemes such as Avios, the frequent flier currency used by British Airways, attracted such a small monetary value that it was no longer worth passengers time.

He said a rise in competition between airlines meant that shopping around could result in larger savings than the benefits of frequent-flier programmes.

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Edited by KK Lee, 09 December 2018 - 07:04 PM.


#46 KK Lee

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 07:38 AM

Cathay Pacific Airways sold first and business class tickets for as cheaply as it would cost to fly in economy, in what appears to have been an error by the airline.

The offer lit up the internet in the new year with frequent fliers and bargain hunters alike buying tickets quickly as word spread across social media and popular flight blogging websites and forums.

The carrier, one of Asias leading premium airlines, offered return business and first class seats from Vietnam to North America at the very low prices of HK$5,300 (US$678) and HK$6,600 respectively. The airfares have since been withdrawn from its website.

https://m.scmp.com/n...s-class-tickets

#47 KK Lee

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:37 PM

First-class tickets on Cathay Pacific Airways from Portugal to Hong Kong were sold for US$1,512 (HK$11,800) instead of US$16,000 on Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar incident on the carrier’s website sparked a frenzy among eagle-eyed buyers.

 

https://www.scmp.com...ticket-portugal

 

It seems lightning could strike twice.



#48 Chris Tan

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

It seems lightning could strike twice.

It can strike thrice in places like RGN :)

#49 Lim Kar Yong

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 10:24 AM

First-class tickets on Cathay Pacific Airways from Portugal to Hong Kong were sold for US$1,512 (HK$11,800) instead of US$16,000 on Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar incident on the carrier’s website sparked a frenzy among eagle-eyed buyers.

 

https://www.scmp.com...ticket-portugal

 

It seems lightning could strike twice.

It strikes Malaysia Airlines too on codeshare flights on Emirates to Dubai - only that MH cancelled the ticket and offer refund and free Y class ticket:

https://loyaltylobby...ed/?omhide=true



#50 KK Lee

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 12:14 PM

Planes blown around airport as tornado tears through Turkish resort city of Antalya

 

https://twitter.com/...120046503415808

 

https://youtu.be/jA3Q0I4envU

 

https://youtu.be/jA3Q0I4envU

 

https://youtu.be/jA3Q0I4envU

 

https://www.scmp.com...-turkish-resort


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#51 BC Tam

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 10:12 PM

Saudi plane turns back to airport after mother forgets baby
https://www.scmp.com...er-forgets-baby

Two thumbs up to the pilot, ground controller and common sense
Cannot imagine what sort of response that 'mother' must have provoked, but I guess we must (at the very least) give her credit for crying out for help in face of consequent embarrassment/inconveniences :)



#52 KK Lee

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 04:36 AM


Airline meals: eight of the best and three of the worst, according to a very frequent flyer

https://www.scmp.com...-according-very

#53 tktoh

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 09:03 AM

KL-Singapore flight route is world's busiest again

http://www.thestar.c...-busiest-again/

#54 Kenny Sing

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:38 AM

https://www.popularm.../b-52-boneyard/

 

The U.S. Air Force has returned a B-52 bomber retired eleven years ago to active duty service, only the second time in history that has happened. The bomber, nicknamed “Wise Guy,” was brought out of storage at the aircraft “Boneyard” in Arizona, refurbished, and returned to service at Barksdale, Louisiana. The bomber could easily spend another two or three decades on active duty.

“Wise Guy”, a B-52H bomber, was retired in 2008 and sent to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monathan Air Force Base in Arizona. The facility, known as “the Boneyard”, is home to over 4,000 military aircraft in various states of storage. The hot, dry air of the southwestern desert prevents stored aircraft from developing rust or other corrosion issues. Some aircraft are stored for quick recall, while others are in pieces and slowly stripped of parts to support active duty planes.

 

Wise Guy was stored for a relatively quick return to service if needed. The War Zone blog states that the bomber will replace a B-52H that crashed and burned in 2015 at Andersen Air Force Base, on the island of Guam. Bringing the bomber back from Arizona will boost the B-52 fleet back to the desired number of 76 aircraft.

According to a local Baton Rouge, Louisiana news report, the bomber is destined for the 307th Bomb Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit that flies both the B-1B and B-52 bombers.

Not all B-52s are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but it appears Wise Guy will operate in the nuclear role. The report states that the 307th includes “nuclear certified combat squadrons”, and the B-1B no longer carries nuclear weapons. A recent Federation of American Scientists report says the B-52H no longer carries nuclear gravity bombs but still carries the Air Launched Cruise Missile armed with the W80-1 thermonuclear warhead. The W80-1 has a variable yield of 5 or 150 kilotons’ explosive force.

According to The War Zone the bomber was flown back from Arizona to Louisiana with the same MT tail code that it had when retired in Minot Air Force Base in 2008. The aircraft missed some upgrades in the eleven years it has been out of service and will need to be brought to the latest configuration before going back onto active duty. The bomber also sported some graffiti left behind by the previous crew or maintainers when the giant bomber was retired.

 






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