I hate flying, but I have to..

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  1. milerzman

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    Hey everyone!

    New here, I just wanted to introduce myself.

    My line of work requires me to travel everywhere. Why oh why did I choose to become a pilot. jk :p

    I wanted to learn more about the airline industry so I decided to join this nifty community. :)
     
  2. sobore
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    Welcome to Milepoint milerzman!

    Plenty of stuff to keep you busy here! Have fun! :)
     
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  3. bigx0

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    Well, flying is a lot nicer when you have status.
     
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  4. Mike Reed

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    Welcome! We're a friendly group. Where are you from? Why do you hate flying? Why do you have to?
     
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    OP says he's a pilot.
     
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  6. bigx0

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    Couldn't tell if he was joking or not though.

    So, are you?
     
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  7. milerzman

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    Haha. Thanks for the welcome everyone. The thread title and being a pilot was all a joke. Just wanted to have a unique intro thread. hehe.
     
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  8. clscholes

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    Mission accomplished. Now take back everything about hating flying and we will forgive you...;)
     
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    You told me it was to support your drug habit. Was I not supposed to mention this? ;)
     
  10. Max M

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    Flying is better than going Greyhound.
     
  11. NYCUA1K

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    ...not to mention the fact that it remains the safest and fastest way to get from point A to point B around the globe ;).
     
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  12. milerzman

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    Haha. I take it back! :D

    Erm... what drug habit? It's only herbal medicine!!

    Agreed!
     
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  13. Mike Reed

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    You didnt' say anything about being Denver-based. :)
     
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    Yes, not only does taking Greyhound to Hawaii take a long time, but I find drowning to be objectionable. :D
     
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  15. servo

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    "I like the FedEx man, because he's a drug dealer, and he don't even know it! And he's always on time." - Mitch Hedberg.
     
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    I do prefer Amtrak Acela myself. :)
     
  17. Max M

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    But does The Acela have needless stops, and the constant feeling that you might get mugged either at the Greyhound station or by a fellow passenger?

    Sheesh. That's half of joy of "Going Greyhound."
     
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    Or the bus driver :)

    I can't lie sometimes I hate flying.

    But I love to travel :)
     
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  19. Newscience

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    What the hey, it's much more fun being mugged in airports by TSA! :eek:
     
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  20. Max M

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    So you've been mugged or know of someone that's been mugged by TSA??? Hope if that was the case that you or the victim immediately reported the story to airport police, the media, and to TSA Headquarters.

    However getting "the white glove treatment" by TSA is sadly waaaaaaaaay too common now. Thank God for the roll-out of Pre-Check. It's made going through security painless again.
     
  21. Mike Reed

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    Pre-check: the same screening as before TSA existed, but without the ugly blazers and without admitting the TSA was never necessary in the first place.

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    Very well said!
     
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    A couple of years ago, two senior Arab physician colleagues (one a US citizen and another a green card holder who will soon become a US citizen) were given the dreaded "SSSS" designation on their airline boarding passes. You can read about what can happen to you if you ever have the "SSSS" designation on your boarding pass here:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/business/security-check-now-starts-long-before-you-fly.html?pagewanted=1&_r=4&hp&
    My colleague related that the only thing not done to him was a proctology exam!
    And I recall trying to find some calming words to say to an 80ish grandmother after she was just about strip-searched by TSA goons.
    Many abysmal experiences with TSA demonstrate that the TSA system staffed by minimally-qualified personnel is a running joke. I'll trade TSA anytime for German or British airport security. And if we are really serious about airport security, we'd adopt Israeli security principles.
     
  24. Max M

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    I personally have had the dreaded SSSS on a boarding pass. Believe me, I know it's not fun.

    The best part? It only happened because I volunteered from an oversold flight on United and was reaccomodated on Delta-- [United and Delta were on 2 separate concourses at the airport in which I took the VDB] and had never flown Delta before--- talk about something that wasn't part of the volunteer compensation! [besides the TSA, the experience on Delta was very pleasant]

    I wasn't strip searched, but was swarmed by about 5 TSA officers who simlutaneously patted me down, all at once. Every item in my carry-on was thoroughly scruntinized.

    TSA confiscated a Christian prayer cloth that I had in my wallet which was there for years, which was previously never was an issue for the previous 400+ non SSSS flights flown prior. I asked for it back since it was not replacable, and I was denied it back.

    I can only imagine the treatment I would have received if I was of Middle Eastern descent, or had a Muslim prayer cloth in my wallet...
     
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  25. Max M

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    And now for the same experience Pre-TSA days, the general public can experience Pre-Check with a background screening, finger printing, and do so for the low, low price of only $85.

    But wait!! If the general public acts on the Pre-check offer now, they can get some of their dignity back for NO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE!!!
     
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