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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by Switch2, Oct 26, 2012.
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Difficult to say.
No. On most flights you see the FA's blocking the aisle with the cart. This was drummed up by the Union during the negotiation talks when things were getting nasty. There's a thread on MP somewhere where this was all hashed out, but it was a while ago and I'm not going to dredge it up either.
Hack job by the pilots. Again.
The little mini Stalag 17 fence doesn't seem any more effective
than the drink cart maneuver. The only way to shut off access to
the cockpit would be to have no cockpit access at all, with the
pilots entering through their own door.
Which is what they should probably do. I wonder if their is some structural integrity issue regarding that, or is it simply that the designs have never incorporated it so they just don't want too.
Such configurations used to exist back in the day. The Constellation had a separate crew entrance, for example.
But the logistics of it make it a non-starter. You'd have to dedicate a lav to the cockpit. And how would they get meals or otherwise interact with the FAs?
The threat is minuscule; this configuration really doesn't affect it in any way which actually matters.
Not to mention that there has been the rare occasion where a pilot has become ill and is relieved by an off duty pilot. I remember this happening last year on an aa flight where a FA with a pilots license stepped in to assist.
Easy! Astronaut suits and granola bars.
TBH, I was actually thinking the same thing .
I thought it was interesting they are only letting Continental pilots fly the 787. If I was pmUA I'd be pissed.
Add some peanuts and water bottles and your food solution seems like an easy answer.
However, paying for the astronaut suits would be too expensive, probably causing UA to further devalue the award chart or elite benefits to pay for it. This product would work just fine http://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/13087
And for the female pilots: http://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/13088
The pilots and FAs are still split because they have not integrated seniority lists. That's an issue on the union side, not the company side. The company benefits greatly from an integrated workforce and wants it ASAP. The two halves of the pilots unions and the FA unions have to work out their deal internally so that they can integrate.
These aircraft were ordered by the sCO half of the company so that's who flies them until there is no schism.
That's a good point. United wouldn't even have any 787's without CO, but still...
Actually, UA has their own order in as well. They're just not due for a few years yet. By then the seniority integration issues should be resolved.
At the rate Boeing is delivering them, a 797 will be full production before they get them.