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    Joys of Air Travel

    It is never a good last connecting flight when you have to board, un-board, get back on 2 hours later, then have the pilot slam on the brakes as we are taxiing out for take-off. The first comment was from a passenger that their must be a cat on the runway.

    Then the pilot comes on and tells us we are nose-to-nose with a plane headed the other direction. Have to wait for a tractor tug to turn as around to avoid playing chicken. Not sure how close we were but it sure looked like we went in the grass as we were turned around. Thank you Delta and Detroit. All ends well though and I did make it to my destination by 3:00 am. Gees, rant done.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Someone in the tower was probably fired for that one.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    October 2010---Allegiant Airlines Des Moines to Las Vegas

    All four of us in our group are put in the emergency exit row and we are drunk already. As we taxi out to the runway, we hit the brakes similar to the story above because of a baggage cart driving in front of us. So we take off and the pilot calls over the intercom that we lost a part of our landing gear upon take off and that it was sitting on the runway in Des Moines. So people start to panic and freak out and the 4 calmest people on the plane are the 4 drunks in the emergency exit row. Long story short, we land at McCarron just fine on the same day Obama and Air Force One are there and the only compensation anybody got from that airline for their mistake was a free soft drink voucher for a flight. Nice to know our lives were worth a can of Coke.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    We were offered nada, not even a cat!



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    October 2010---Allegiant Airlines Des Moines to Las Vegas

    All four of us in our group are put in the emergency exit row and we are drunk already. As we taxi out to the runway, we hit the brakes similar to the story above because of a baggage cart driving in front of us. So we take off and the pilot calls over the intercom that we lost a part of our landing gear upon take off and that it was sitting on the runway in Des Moines. So people start to panic and freak out and the 4 calmest people on the plane are the 4 drunks in the emergency exit row. Long story short, we land at McCarron just fine on the same day Obama and Air Force One are there and the only compensation anybody got from that airline for their mistake was a free soft drink voucher for a flight. Nice to know our lives were worth a can of Coke.
    I love people who use Allegiant because its super cheap, but then complain when everything isn't perfect.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    I love people who use Allegiant because its super cheap, but then complain when everything isn't perfect.
    I love people who chastise other people because they at least expect the landing gear to be intact on their airplane regardless of the cost of the flight.


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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    I do kind of like the cavity searches though, they make me feel safe and frisky at the same time.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    October 2010---Allegiant Airlines Des Moines to Las Vegas

    All four of us in our group are put in the emergency exit row and we are drunk already. As we taxi out to the runway, we hit the brakes similar to the story above because of a baggage cart driving in front of us. So we take off and the pilot calls over the intercom that we lost a part of our landing gear upon take off and that it was sitting on the runway in Des Moines. So people start to panic and freak out and the 4 calmest people on the plane are the 4 drunks in the emergency exit row. Long story short, we land at McCarron just fine on the same day Obama and Air Force One are there and the only compensation anybody got from that airline for their mistake was a free soft drink voucher for a flight. Nice to know our lives were worth a can of Coke.
    Did you drunks think about giving up your exit row seats to more sober people?



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Quote Originally Posted by AllIowaTeams View Post
    I love people who chastise other people because they at least expect the landing gear to be intact on their airplane regardless of the cost of the flight.
    If they hadn't told you about it, would you have otherwise noticed? Was the landing rough or did you have to do anything special during landing? If not, then what's the beef? You got there safely, and apparently on time.

    I'm really surprised the pilot notified everyone. Unless the passengers needed to do something different during landing, why upset folks and risk causing a panic? Seems like a bonehead move by the pilot.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Did you drunks think about giving up your exit row seats to more sober people?
    Why would they? Would a sober person enjoy sitting in exit row seats more than a drunk person?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAlum2002 View Post
    Why would they? Would a sober person enjoy sitting in exit row seats more than a drunk person?
    The plane had lost part of it's landing gear, and the exit row seats had a much greater possibility of needing use. I'm sure the other people on the plane would've loved to know their lives may be in the hands of 4 drunk guys.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Travel first class from France back to Chicago courtesy of my girlfriend's dad (hawk fan by the way). It was by far the most enjoyable eight hours of travel I have ever experienced. I knew it was going to be good flight when the flight attendent asked if I wanted cheese or nuts, and I asked for both to which they obliged.



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    Re: Joys of Air Travel

    Quote Originally Posted by AllIowaTeams View Post
    I love people who chastise other people because they at least expect the landing gear to be intact on their airplane regardless of the cost of the flight.
    Seems to me the missing part did not affect the landing gear. My assumption would be that if there was some sort of defunct landing that Allegiant would of done more then offer free soft drinks. You cant expect much on cheap airlines if something happened to the plane that had absolutely no negative effect on the flight. In fact, I'm honestly surprised the pilot even said anything. I'm sure once they cleared the part off the runway, they were told that it wouldn't effect the landing.



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    You think slamming on the breaks during the taxi is uncomfortable. Try being in a plane that slams on the breaks during takeoff resulting in blown tires because of a bird strike. Had a 9 hour layover but was thankful at the pilots decision.


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    Twice, was within a few feet of touching down, and the pilot gunned the engines, pulled up, and did a fly around because there was another plane on the runway. Talk about feeling the sphincter tighten. Was amazed at the number of people ******** about it. I turned around and said, would you rather the pilot crashed into them?



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