QANTAS dipsey-doodle

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Oct 13th, 2008, 05:30 PM
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QANTAS dipsey-doodle

Sorry to be so hard-hearted, but I have no sympathy for people who do not keep their seat belts fastened during cruise flight. It bugs the hell out of me to see the loose ends of seatbelts hanging over into the aisle, knowing that if the person in that seat was injured they would be on TV complaining as soon as the airplane landed.

If I get into anything that can move in three dimensions...and I include automobiles...I am going to be suitable restrained until it stops moving at the end of the trip. (Physiological needs excepted.)
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Oct 14th, 2008, 08:48 AM
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I'll second that. But some people are simply negative, still in their teen mode of 'Down with authority'.
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Oct 14th, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Also know as: "you're not the boss of me" and refers to 4-yr.-old mentality. I've seen it with People I Live With Who Shall Be Nameless who refuse to read the directions on frozen food or in a recipe. No mere printed instruction is going to tell HIM what to do.
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Oct 14th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Australia is a long way away and so Qantas does have some long flights. One really can't expect Qantas to keep the Fasten Seatbelt sign on for 15 hours--now can they? And if they did, who would obey?

Unexpected turbulence can occur at any time, so get down in your basement because a storm is coming--sometime.
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Oct 16th, 2008, 01:27 PM
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Yes, Wally, they can keep the seat belt sign on for the entire flight and they can (but never do) remind passengers that this is for their own safety. I'm sure that...after the fact...injured passengers would wish that they put had up with the inconvenience of the belt when compared to the inconvenience of hospitalization.
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Oct 17th, 2008, 10:24 AM
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I find it interesting that they don't have seatbelts in the galley for the flight attendants. In the U.S., most airlines don't serve food anymore so the flight attendants just sit in the galley and chat--without a seatbelt on.
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Oct 18th, 2008, 06:48 PM
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September 27, AK KUL-BKI, 3 injured:

http://avherald.com/h?article=40d707f7

October 1, NH HND-OKA, 9 injured:

http://avherald.com/h?article=40db5783

October 2, CI HKG-BKK, 32 injured:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...B6GdAD93IBPC80

October 10, AA EZE-MIA, 6 injured:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...A9DnAD93NNR3O0

October 17, IB MAD-LIM, 15 injured:

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news...le_18481.shtml

Those are just from the past 3 weeks, and not including the 30+ hurt on Qantas.

[Hey, wally, no need to comment here anymore. We already know what your position is.]
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Oct 19th, 2008, 04:29 AM
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I do believe one should wear a seatbelt when they watch the stock market!
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Oct 19th, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Thank you once again rkkwan for enlightening everyone about the facts. I cannot begin to tell you all about fellow flight attendants who have been injured inflight........
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Oct 19th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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rkkwan, the distinction is that airline employees know the risks when they sign up for the job. Passengers think of the cabin as an extension of their living rooms and, unless reminded, take no precautions that they would not take in their living rooms...then they get hurt and sue the airline.

You are (or were) an insider...do flight attendant contracts contain language about personal injury claims?
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Oct 19th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Wally - ><

What's really needed is anti-nausea pills.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 12:37 PM
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There are no contracts with or without a personal injury claim in flight attendants work.
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Oct 19th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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Employees of a US based airline would no doubt be subject to the workers' compensation laws, and I doubt any contractual provision purporting to waive that coverage would be enforceable.

I haven't really observed whether cabin crew members do or don't wear restraints, but I do recall one sitting on a jump seat that put her arms through some kind of restraint, something that reminded me of the shoulder straps on the driver's restraint in a racing car. I suspect the cabin crew members do need the freedom to be up and about during turbulence, checking that all of us have our seat belts fastened, and prying all the drunks out of the lavatories. I think the main responsibility of the cabin crew members is to guide and care for passengers during emergencies; fortunately, most of us never get to see that aspect of their work.
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