is there a boundary layer in that part of the aircraft during flight? It's hard to see from the pic that without a boundary layer existing how you don't get problems with air whooshing into the open hole and loosen or rip off other parts of the plane in that area.
I'm half and half on your case. I think it's proper you were not reimbursed the $150 for booking on another carrier because you cancelled your reservation instead of trying to rebook wtih DAL when the schedule change didn't work for you.
Due to DAL changing the schedule, I feel DAL should have offered to waive the reservation change fee and give you the same fare you paid for that same city-to-city ticket as long as you book it 3 weeks in advance (and if you needed to go sooner, DAL should waive change fee but charge you the additional fare for less than 3 week reservation for that route since you are changing a low-fare 3wk advance fare into a short-term booking fare).
I'm beginning to think Japan Airlines isn't following Boeing maintenance procedures or operational procedures completely as these kinds of things weren't widespread or frequent during Boeing's test flight program.
I don't think there is anything wrong with the story. When you go to a restaurant, you can look at inspection reports in the newspaper or city's website or see the regulatory sticker on the premises of the restaurant in order to make a decision whether you feel there is enough following of food regulations to make eating there probably safe. With an airline, there is no food regulatory authority sticker on the fuselage and you probably don't even know which contractor provided the food for the flight in order to look up possible online food inspection reports. when you buy your ticket, you are trusting the airline has contractor guidelines in place for food quality and uses contractors that follow food handling/preparing regulations. Maybe there needs to be more disclosure of food contractors so customers can make an informed decision on whether they want to eat the food on the plane during their flight or just eat before boarding or after landing.
at least it wasn't Atlantis, Endeavour or Discovery! I've kind of written off Enterprise after they couldn't even barge it up the river without damage! That Poor ship -- very bad luck since moving it from DC!
do we have 1,100 soon-to-be-laid-off ticked mechanics or what????? I can't believe 3 incidents in the last 2-3 days isn't related to some kind of mechanic union incident (jeopardizing AA just before being laid-off or doing it in sympathy to the airline pilot union).
travel apps must really be bad! FA Iphone app sucks ***, the desktop/laptop FA site is top notch!
That's why on my iphone I launch the internet browser and do FA from there (works about half-way, but it's better than using the iphone app for how I like to use FA).