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  1. UpperDeck

    777 Tail strike...Hkg

    Monday afternoon upon landing. Tuesday departure cancelled. Unworthy of comment?
  2. Interesting responses but what of the substance of his remarks? I have many objections to CUPE and other similar undertakings that seem far more interested in generating membership and dues than in actually representing the interests of the employees at a particular employer. ALPA represented pilots at regional as well as mainline carriers and their collective membership paid for their " failure to represent". ACPA has no interest in any employees other than the pilots of Air Canada. It will presumably continue to be guided by what the union believesvto be in the best interests of its membership. CUPE by definition is conflicted. If it is an unyielding matter of principle that two tier wage scales are unacceptable, the union is failing to represent the interests of existing employees. This issue arose on re-structuring with the proposal for a combined DB pension plan and DC plan for new employees which was opposed by the union. How can it possibly be in my interests as an AC employee with a DB pension to put that benefit in jeopardy so as to preserve CUPE's "principles" for the benefit of employees not yet hired who would be quite content with a DC plan? Howard Levitt is a very capable advocate and well-respected.
  3. UpperDeck

    Travelling Over The Holidays..??

    Just spent 4 weeks overseas and used Hotels.com and Booking. com for most accommodations including Hilton and happy to say....what I was told I would be charged is exactly what I was charged.
  4. UpperDeck

    His Seat Runneth Over

    Get a contract in the NFL as an OL and that guy would make millions and be able to fly private!!
  5. It amazes me that people will decry government involvement beyond the distribution of tax dollars for the protection of life and property and the provision of infrastructure.....call themselves conservatives.....and then expect micromanagement of a corporation seeking public assistance. To me, government should not be in the business of corporate lending ( or servicing industrial sites) but if and when it does, it should be guided by the normal standards for lending including creditworthiness. Ask a banking consortium for funding and if their due diligence doesn't support the loan, it won't be made regardless of how pleasant the CEO.
  6. Can I still fly? Yes! You can. There is no formal medical guidance on how long after a TIA or a stroke you should wait before doing so, so do ensure you check with your airline prior to booking. Most carriers advise NOT to fly until 10 days after a TIA, or 21 days after a stroke. Some airlines recommend waiting until 3 months after a stroke, if it has left you with some residual symptoms. This incident has been reported in numerous locations and I found it of interest that the passenger himself disclosed AT SOME POINT that he had a recent stoke. He later added; "It was a small stroke" but he had a resulting physical impairment. It is stated that he was assessed by paramedics. Wolfhunter has some expertise in this area but I was told that you should not fly until at least three months after suffering a stroke. I found the article from which the above extract was taken and which was authored by a physician. I don't know that we can blame this publicity on " ambulance chasers" ( per Maverick) but I suspect this fellow will have trouble recovering if Westjet sticks to its guns......undisclosed medical condition and drug-induced stupour with impaired consciousness. Please don't suggest that this is akin to " falling asleep on an aircraft".
  7. 'Embarrassing:' WestJet passenger says he was kicked off flight after falling asleep Kicked off WestJet flight over sleeping pill? A Burnaby man is accusing WestJet of humiliating him when he was kicked off a flight to Cuba. 17 17 CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:41PM EDT Last Updated Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:46PM EDT Gabor Lukacs, founder of Air Passenger Rights, believes Bennett and his family should have been left on the plane. “It’s not a question of what they thought, the question is what (the situation was) and what was the evidence,” he said. “It was clear in this case the passenger was perfectly fine.” WestJet, meanwhile, stands by the decision, telling CTV Vancouver in a statement that when crews “observe a guest who is exhibiting signs of not being fit to fly, we will, out of an abundance of caution and in adherence with Transport Canada's regulations remove the guest from the flight." Bennett says he plans to sue WestJet because of the incident. With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Shannon Paterson 17 17
  8. Just my opinion but I would consider a pax who was in a drug-induced stupour....not awakened by the " nudging" of his wife....to be a person whose presence in the emergency exit row might adversely affect the lives and safety of passengers and crew. Somewhat difficult to hear and understand commands if you're asleep or to engage in the physical demands required in the event of an emergency if it is the emergency itself that rouses you from your slumber. I don't believe that operators unduly concern themselves with those requirements. I have seen many individuals who in my opinion and for sundry reasons ought not to have been seated in an exit row. In any event, it was my understanding from the original story that the removal of this gentleman from the flight was not because of his location on the aircraft but rather by reason of his apparent physical condition and concern that he was in some form of medical distress.
  9. Lol....and to use a wheelchair if they CAN'T walk.
  10. You're right, KP . There is reference to requiring assistance to walk and departure by wheelchair but no indication of whether stroke was known to cabin crew or other Westjet personnel.
  11. Sorry Wolf....echoing your comments but was typing while you were posting so didn't see your post until I hit " submit reply".
  12. I suggest that FA's do not wake up in the morning wondering to themselves how they can spoil someone else's day. As with incidents involving flight operation, perhaps we ought to begin with the assumption...even presumption...that we do not know ( and never will be in possession of) all relevant facts. I did note that the article included the facts that 1) this pax had a recent stroke; 2) he was seen slumped over; 3) in response to an inquiry by the FA, his wife said he was asleep; 4) the FA asked that she awaken the pax; 5) the wife " nudged" her husband who did NOT respond.....and from that point, concern escalated as did efforts to persuade the airline employees that the pax was not incapacitated. I was in the boarding lounge some years ago and a boarding pax was seen as unsteady, pale and had shortness of breath. His wife was also concerned. Emergency personnel were summonsed and the pax was removed on a stretcher. Had it occurred an hour later, you're dumping fuel and returning to point of departure...or worse. In my opinion, prudence dictated the actions taken.
  13. As you know, Defcon ( or at least should) I have nothing but the greatest of respect for your accomplishments and for your contributions to the airline industry. Now...about that "his honour" line....
  14. UpperDeck

    Lion Air Down

    Just a quick note from the peanut gallery ( and certain posters can ignore this) but even when the data recorders are recovered and the results analyzed and all agree ( for example) that the air speed indicator was defective, would not all agree that multiple factors contribute to almost every incident explosive devices excluded? As was said on this forum, the Air France flight crew operating the ill-fated south Atlantic flight let a perfectly operable aircraft pancake in the ocean because they failed to fly the aircraft. KP has made a similar reference in this thread as has Boestar.....look out the window and actually pilot the aircraft without the immediate aid and assistance of instrumentation. And so...I suggest that again absent catastrophic events, the ultimate conclusion will be that a confluence of factors both human and mechanical resulted in the premature end of this flight.
  15. Just a second here, fun lovers. When did the subject of the Dryden Inquiry come up? I have known Defcon for donkey's years and know that he was the pilot rep in that inquiry. Defcon takes pleasure in yanking my chain from time to time and I reciprocate. He KNOWS I don't torture small animals. I know he never worked for TC. I think the thread between participation in a process ( no matter how valuable) and the "creation of TC rules" is both long and thin so as I am wont to do, I gave a little tug on his coat.