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Air Rage - Comments and Cures

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This thread will list some comments and possible cures for air rage....

1. Planes are delayed because of traffic...just like a highway.

The cure for this is simple. Some air service should be cut down. For example...New York to Washington. To go from downtown to downtown the train is much quicker, much more luxurious, and cheaper. Likewise from New York to Hartford.

2. Small seats.
I lift weights. I'm 6' 2" and weigh 250 lbs. I am not fat...waist is 36". To combat small seats I try to walk around as much as possible and get an aisle seat. This will help "kill" a three hour flight.

3. Boarding delays...Passenger to Passenger rage

Solution...Enforce carry-on luggage restrictions. I see people who can hardly lift their illegal carry-ons clogging up the aisle.

4. Crowded Airports... This puzzles me. New York is served by three large airports...Kennedy, Newark, and LaGuardia. How come airlines don't use suburban airports like MacArthur (ISP) and Newburgh. By using these airports you will ease the load on the big airports. I will venture to guess that suburban residents fly more than city residents.

5. Lack of Information...Why don't airlines tell the truth about what happens when there is a delay? They should.

6. Bad air on Planes... I heard that airlines save money by not using fresh air during flights. Why can't Congress do something about this? This sounds like a health issue to me.

Air travel has become cheaper but crappier ever since deregulation. You get what you pay for. With co-operation on both sides cheap fares can be kept with tolerable service.

My parents were married in 1961. Their round trip ticket to Rome was $750 each. When I went a year ago it was only $600. A good new Chevrolet in 1961 was $2000, now it is $15000. Would you pay $12000 for a round trip to Rome for 2????

Those working on airplanes used to be called "stewardesses". This implies being female and being a servant. Next came "flight attendants". The femaleness is gone, so is much of the servitude. Now I am hearing "safety monitors". Now all of the servitude is gone and they suddenly get "authority". What title will be next? "flight enforcer" or "flight dictator"?

What happened to the good old days when airline employees gladly worked with the customer? I see incredible contempt for the customer. Get wise folks... the customer is the ultimate reason why you have a job. Amtrak employees realize this. I find them to be much more customer friendly that airline employees. Nobody is unhappy on the Metroliner from DC to NY.

Driving is frequently a great alternative to air travel. Conside this scenario....

Long Island NY to Melbourne FL
Door to door by plane 8 hours
Door to door by car 18 hours...not too bad...alot cheaper

It seems that airlines want you at the airport 2 hours before a flight. Why?

Thanks for listening to this tirade...now I'll duck out.

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