Excuse me for the question. If it is a mechanical issue, such as a microscopic surface eddy that allows the ice to being the formation and accretion process how does software change help? If it is a software issue what were the errors of logic that permitted this to occur? Did Boeing use an old software on a new engine and now like so many other software suppliers - quality is a field installed patch after a "red faced moment"? It is the logic that is bugging me.
Several of my clients are private pilots and I have sat and watched them just whip out the iPad and tap away at a screen and file a flight plan, get weather reports, order fuel and food, arrive 20 min later to have the fuel on board, the food waiting and off they go. Ronald Reagan said it best "We live in a world lit by lightening."
They are truly an amazing piece of technology. I have seen many pilots using them for upto date weather radar and forecasts before they even get into the aircraft. Also I noticed it is not a Windows product... (Be nice i use both and like and dislike both for different reasons) - but just saying - no cold shut down and rebooting at 30,000 ft.
Please - oh please let them stand in line with TSA with the old lady with a cane a shopping bag and some soup she is brining to her sick grandchildren - please let see the befuddled shoeless masses holding their pants up as they go through the detectors, please let them understand the pain of $1.50 diet coke outside of security and the same diet coke after security at $4.00, and please let them get hit in their shoulders and temples by beverage carts and large butts popping down rows of seats ricocheting from side to side.
For this, I would pay more in taxes (just a little) and go for the video phone to records their smiling faces...
It is an issue of capacity. The route and the airport are at or near capacity on a good day. Thus, if there are disruptions the the disruption has an immediate and disproportionate effect. Just like if an idiot is doing 30 mph on the freeway - at 3 am - it impacts almost no one, at 7 am, it creates a mess... The only thing that will help Newark is another runway. The only thing that will help the route is more butts per aircraft.
The worst major airport for small events causing major problems I have found is Heathrow, small event and they are in trouble for days, not just hours.
Yet, flying is a better way for travel - in most cases, even with the disruptions and frustrations...
I have read the article and the letter to the Atlantic. What a sniveling whiney victim that family has chosen to be. It is very sad.
As for why the pilot diverted, I guess the movie was over by than <grin>.
They just go with the strongest brand. I preferred America West as opposed to US Air, but US Air had the stronger brand. American has the stronger brand but the weaker balance sheet - so it goes - it will be known as American... As they have just finalized the internal workings of the America West US Air merger - this one too will take time. (Many of the America West Employees were being paid by an account in the name of America West - even up to last week.)