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Re: airplane baggage
At 1:41 AM +0100 4/23/06, Stephen Goodman wrote:
>In this case I would say the safety aspect was there before someone
>decided to make more money than they used to for excess weight.
It sounds like you're assuming that no-one on the list actually flies
enough to notice a difference. And, if we do, that this "safety
concern" is only recently a safety concern and nobody ever thought
about how to balance luggage prior to a month ago. Um, yeah...
Speaking personally, I'd say I've spent the majority of my working
time for this millennium living on a damn plane (gack!). Before I
cashed out all my stock options and "retired" in mid-2005, I'd
already made both Gold on American and 100k on United, amongst
others. Those two alone are worth ~125,000 miles in the air, from
only January to May 2005.
I've flown a lot (oh, BTW, did I mention I'm writing this from Kyoto
right now, and my home airport is O'hare?). I can tell you that
there was never such a big "safety concern" to the US domestic
carriers in at least six years prior to March of this year. Now,
it's changing. Whether the carriers have found a sudden new interest
in safety, or whether they're merely looking for another spiff to
offset rising fuel prices, I dunno. I know which explanation I'm
leaning toward, but you can draw your own conclusion....
"I want to reach my hand into the dark and *feel* what reaches back..."