I have just arrived home in Australia after 7 weeks in the U.S. I travelled on international flights ( Air New Zealand ) to get to L.A. then United to New York and back to L.A. & then Air New Zealand to get home. I was asked to take my belt off as well as my shoes in every U.S. airport, was body-scanned and questioned why I was in the U.S., where had I been in the U.S. and what were my intentions in New York. !!! I really don't care about the security checks, scans etc. As far as I am concerned, it's being done, although not particularly well, for my benefit and that of my fellow travellers so that we have a much better than average chance of arriving at our destination without some disgruntled zealot deciding that he/she doesn't like my way of life and setting out to destroy me, my fellow passengers and possibly him or herself, as well as the aircrew and aircraft. I abhor the need for the TSA and such organisations, but I appreciate their efforts to make me safe.
" damaged the reputation of the pilots and the airline ".......I would have thought the sight of a totally destroyed near new B 777 would not have done too much to enhance the reputation of the pilots and/or the airline. Early investigation results suggest it looks like pilot error and smells like pilot error....not too sure how muck lower the public perception of both pilots and the airline could go at the moment. As an aside, can the FAA impose any restrictions on Airlines flying into the US where it can be proven that the quality of the pilot "training" is simply not up to the standard expected ?
Sorry ALPA, I think you've got this one wrong. I have no problems with ALPA's brief to defend their pilot members from harsh and unreasonable criticism, but on the evidence available within a day or so of the accident, it was pretty clear where the responsibility lay. On that basis, ALPA should have said nothing until all the facts were known and then, assuming pilot error is determined to be the cause, the onus is on them ( ALPA ) to concede the point that it was pilot error and not try to defend the indefensible.
I'm not too sure that the kids who win seats on the flight are going to worry too much about the conditions, they will just be happy to be there. by the way, congratulations to Qantas for 93 years of safe flights and exceptional service to the aviation industry............Still the world's safest airline.
OK Larry, I'll agree that you get an extra 4 Billion, provided you pay the entire amount to the families of the NYPD, Port Authority & FDNY officers who died trying to save your buildings, and to the families of all the workers who were working in your buildings and had a right to expect that they were structually sound and safe.