... and ANOTHER reason not to fly on the airlines

The Transportation Security Administration is testing a new security program that involves checking personal financial information for each passenger.

For more information about this and other aspects of the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II), see http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/3731926.htmlhttp://www.startribune.com/stories/535/3731926.html.

See also http://www.aero-news.net/news/commercial.cfm?ContentBlockID=8265http://www.aero-news.net/news/commercial.cfm?ContentBlockID=8265 for more about CAPPS II.

The story here, from Wired News, is about one man who is starting a boycott of Delta over this policy, fyi.

The two most common words in flying, “Fu(#ing Delta.” I have that from an active 747 driver.

The heck with the CAPP policies! What abour their unbelievable changes to their frequent flyer program, their lousy service, their trying to add fees for everything, even correcting their mistakes, their lousy attitude, delays, and discourteous staff?

I have been a premium level frequent flyer for the past 5 years. In my office, I am joined by about 8 others with similar status including two ‘million milers,’ and to a man (and woman in one case), everybody is fed up with that airline. So far, three of us have written letters.

The great thing about capitalism and free markets is that you can vote with your feet. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

Sorry, I digressed but I feel better. (if you think this was vitriolic, you should have read some of the letters!)


Because of a front and a forty-mile wide line of severe t-storms yesterday, I was forced to fly Delta. Today, while waiting in the Atlanta airport on my flight to Huntsville, I noticed there was an earlier flight. Airlines used to try to get you on earlier flights, wisely figuring that it was better to sell a seat sooner rather than later.

The Delta rep at the gate informed me that the flight was full, and because of something about a new Delta same-day reservation policy, it costs $25 to get listed for standby! I politely thanked her and went to my assigned gate.

The fault lies in the idiot executives that are running these airlines. Just wait until Cirrus and Eclipse and Diamond get their jets certified, and air limo services starting eating the airlines’ lunch (and breakfast and supper). I just hope our Congress has enough sense not to bail out their whiny, incompetent asses when they come crying. End of rant.


But Mike, how do you really feel about the airlines?

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Just wait until Cirrus and Eclipse and Diamond get their jets certified, and air limo services starting eating the airlines’ lunch (and breakfast and supper).

Yikes! Imagine what TSA would do then!!


Don’t tempt me into REALLY going off. This is a family website. [:)]


Yikes! Imagine what TSA would do then!!

Funny you should mention that, since I was just thinking about the same thing while I was waiting in the airport. Right now, as far as I know, part 135 customers just go to the FBO, and are only subject to whatever security the local airport authority imposes (usually just requiring an escort to go out on the ramp). In fact, that should be a big benefit vs. the body cavity search you have to undergo to fly with scheduled carriers.

If air limos go big time, I’m sure it will draw unwelcome attention from our friends in DC. Whatever the TSA does, however, I’m sure that it will be well thought out, and they’ll consult with everyone involved before they take any action. [:)]