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  1. Father and son killed in head-on collision with each other in Alabama: ‘You really just cannot imagine it’ Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post | February 21, 2017 10:20 AM ETMore from Washington Post Jeffrey Brasher and his son Austin were described as “very close.” They loved playing golf together, working on each other’s swings. Jeffery’s sister Pamela Brasher Dennis told of her brother, “He loved being a husband and father… the kind of guy who, if you needed something, you’d go to him because he would help. He wanted to make you smile, and his kids were his number one priority.” Jeffrey and Austin may have been close, but on Saturday morning they were on very different journeys. Jeffrey, 50, pulled himself out of bed to get a head-start on the day long before the sun rose. As a bread distributor for 20 years — “Everybody knew him as the bread man,” Dennis said — early mornings were expected. So he climbed into his 2006 Ford pickup and set out in the pre-dawn of Bankston, Alabama, about 110 kilometres west of Birmingham. He was en route to Flower’s Bakery in rural Winfield to pick up the day’s fresh delivery. After driving for about a half-hour, Jeffery pulled onto County Highway 49 — a curving two-lane road lined by walls of pine trees. The state’s rolling hills were shrouded in darkness.He wasn’t wearing a seat-belt. Meanwhile, his 22-year-old son Austin was heading home after a long night partying with friends, his cousin Monica Marie Aker told People, calling him “the life of the party.” My worst fear was that Austin would make it through and then kill himself because he wouldn’t have been able to deal with killing his father “In high school, he was quiet, but everyone knew who he was,” Aker said. “He was the little guy driving the big truck. He was very well-liked and could really get along with anybody.” Sitting in the cab of his 2004 Chevy pickup, the little guy in a big truck had reached the stretch of County Highway 49 near Winfield himself. The winding road, which at that hour is lit only by headlamps and moonlight, was almost invisible. Like his father, Austin wasn’t wearing a seat belt. At 4:10, the two collided head-on, reported. Jeffery was pronounced dead on the scene, while Austin was rushed to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he clung to life until 9:18 a.m. Police said alcohol might have been involved but did not elaborate. “You really just cannot imagine it,” Dennis told People. “There are no words that can be said. Everybody’s life changed on Saturday morning. No one’s life will be the same after this.” Aker said she can’t imagine how Austin would have dealt with the guilt if he had lived. “My worst fear was that Austin would make it through and then kill himself because he wouldn’t have been able to deal with killing his father,” she told People. “It would have destroyed him.” Dennis said she hopes others take this a reminder that no day is guaranteed. “We need to hold on tight to our faith,” Dennis said. “We love Austin and Jeff and our family will never be the same. We want everyone to hug and spend time with their families. Love your family every day. Don’t let anything go unsaid. You never know what tomorrow will bring.”
  2. Well i tried to get it to show me a YOW-YYZ-SXM route and it doesn't come up at I find it more than a little misleading to suggest a departure date of Friday, and the arrival date is Sunday - 2 days later....for a non-stop flight that would be about 5 hrs. I don't understand their revenue management tool/booking engine and why it would suggest those routings that have you literally fly 3/4-way acoss canada and back to get their....oh well....
  3. This wasn't just a one off...several different days had flights from Ottawa to Edmonton or Calgary then back to Toronto and then to SXM...elapsed time 41 hrs....
  4. Dagger....the social media pages of certain unions representing unskilled workers are filled with this tripe and are scaring the hoi polloi
  5. Hard to believe...she's probably a great employee but how she can carry all the duties required of an FA is beyond me...
  6. Well, I have personally seen and been the subject of the wrath of US CBP officers. One time travelling as self-loading freight, I made the mistake of putting my passport on the counter and then resting my left arm on the same counter. The officer yelled at me and told me to stand back...solution....get a Nexus card and almost never talk to another US or Canadian customs officer again.
  7. Does Ben get his payroll cheque on the same date as other WJ employees or is it cut separately?
  8. Almost any British designed aircraft except the Spitfire and the Hurricane.... I give you Nimrod AEW
  9. Massive line for us around noon. Massive. Make sure plenty of time for connection. This was a weekday.
  10. nothing self-serving about this article is there....
  11. Having watched this topic for too many days (21 apparently) I have these pointless comments WJ doesn't owe anyone a detailed explanation, maybe some compensation anytime a pilot quotes their years of service and flying hours I know that they don't really have a point when someone with detailed knowledge of how the industry works makes it a calling to determine why a specific flight was cancelled/delayed because they were personally inconvenienced and then tries to make it a pubic issue shows a distinct lack of class and huge sense of entitlement the initial query was totally legitimate...but the continued search for the "truth" is pointless and demonstrates more about the poster than WJ's service
  12. The real "interesting observation" here is that you posting here on this topic is a clear conflict of interest.
  13. Wow....makes the CEO's comments about making it uncomfortable for disgruntled employees rather prescient or an admission of how HR rolls at WJ...
  14. Heard WS 4 the other night in CYYZ...couldn't get an ATC clearance from YYZ after 3 or 4 attempts to have Flt Dispatch refile with ATC.... Sounds like lots of growing pains in all sorts of areas.
  15. The Saretsky comments are from the linked CBC article. I assume that there would have to have been a video or audio recording for them to attribute those very specific comments to him. Westjet declined to comment...but they didn't deny that he said it, which (If I understand the PR world) means he did say those things. CBC reports on Westjet's 20 year anniversary