I am about a month away from obtaining my instrument rating and then I shall go onto my multi before attending FIT in the fall so I can get my degree. The 1,500 hour requirement really does make you wonder though. Luckily for me I am a british citizen so I might just move back home and try my luck with the cheap european airlines once I am done with everything.
I find that its really the opposite, from living in America the past 3 years I've found that most of the US cabin crew tend to be very rude and "not bothered". If I was to make an exception for one airline it would be Southwest.
On the other hand, airlines like Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have in my case always been great and very welcoming/friendly. Top notch service.
Just from the start the pilot should have abandoned takeoff, if it is taking that long to get airborne and it is obviously because of density altitude and temperature then you should know it is going to be incredibly hard plus with 4 grown men inside. Sorry but this is the pilot's error and he put his passengers in great danger.
I honestly do NOT care about the indepth secuirty measures that the TSA take. Sure look down my pants, I'll go into a scanner. Whatever they need for our safety I'm ok with. I'm tired of hearing people complain about being violated because of trying to keep us safe.