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November 30, 2017

American Airlines Flight 1366 – DFW to Memphis – 2010 Revisited

Over this Christmas holiday I was one of the travelers who took advantage of the low airfares on priceline.com.  I booked a round trip ticket from Memphis TN to San Jose CA and started the trip on United Airlines and the return was on American Airlines (AA).

To begin the United flight had a connection in Denver, which I normally avoid during the winter months, but this trip went great. I arrived on time and spent a great week with my family.

On my return to Memphis, the first leg of the AA flight to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) went fine.  We arrived on time at gate 18 at DFW.  I checked the screen for Flight 1366 and it showed the gate to be A17.  I thought “Great!  I only needed to walk about 20 feet for the connecting flight.”  Because I have taken several (hundred) flights over the years, I know that because DFW is a very large airport and if your connecting gate is in a different terminal it might take awhile to get there.  I also know that at DFW if you need to get to a different terminal they have a “Sky Link” shuttle train that runs between terminals because of the lengthy distance.

So I am sitting at Gate A17 waiting for the next flight and after about 15-20 minutes the desk attendant announced that the flight that was scheduled for a 4:45 PM departure was going to be delayed until 5:35 PM and the Gate has been changed to C27.  That’s it, nothing else was said.  Now this is where my experience at DFW came into play.  I knew I need to simply take the “Sky Link” Shuttle to get there in a timely manner.  The delay was no big deal, but I think the AA Desk Attendant should have given instructions to the other passengers as to what would be the best way to get to the C27 Gate which was very far away.  I would guess that at least 80% of the passengers on the flight were first time flyers and they had no clue other than walking to get to Gate C27.  I estimate that the walking distance from Gate A18 to C27 is about a mile. Even though Terminal C is right next to A, a person would have to leave A17 and proceed to A39 (22 Gates), then cross a walkway from A to C and then continue on to Gate C27 (27 Gates).  Keep in mind this is not a straight line walk, the terminals are curved so a 48 Gate walk is quite a long walk.

When I arrived at Gate C27 I talked to a few of the other passengers and found out that one lady was originally scheduled to take a flight to Memphis at around 2 PM and her flight was cancelled and she was moved to Flight 1366 for the 4:45 PM departure and now that was changed to 5:35 PM so she had been waiting around for about 3 hours.  Then I talked with a young fellow escorting his mother and he told me that his mother needed help to walk.  She was good for a short distance, but long distance was a problem.  He said that on this gate change he got lucky and when they were starting to walk from Gate A17 to C27 he noticed the “Sky Link” sign and asked another passenger what it was.  That is how they made the gate change, and that was a strain on his mother because of the walk.  I told him that if at Memphis he needs assistance for his mother to ask the AA attendant to call for either a wheelchair or for one of those special “Golf Cart” like vehicles for assistance for his mother.  This is my point folks, all these “special” assistance services are available in probably all airports but the passenger must ask the airline attendant or look up the services on the web for a particular airport.  I would think that over holidays when most of the travelers are either first time flyers or people who rarely fly, the airlines would volunteer the information to the passengers when a special circumstance comes in to play.  In this case the American Airline people were mute.

One more final tidbit of information is that when I was waiting at C27 I called an AAN team member that is in the aviation industry and asked him to find out what was going on.  He got back to me and said that flight 1366 originated in Phoenix and arrived at DFW on time and was at the airport a good 40 minutes when we arrived from San Jose.  He surmised that AA needed the plane for something else and did not know anything else.

To wrap up, we did leave at 5:35 PM and arrived in Memphis at approximately 7:00 PM.

I really did not appreciate the “games” American Airlines were playing.  What I think they did was cancelled the 2 PM flight because it wasn’t full and moved those passengers to the 1366 Flight at what was suppose to be a 4:45 PM departure.  Then when this flight wasn’t full, they delayed the flight to 5:35 PM.  AA obviously did not care about the inconvenience to the passengers after the long holiday and decided that their needs came before passengers.

The next time you get the spiel where the pilot thanks you for flying their airline because of all the choices you have, keep in mind that American Airlines really doesn’t care.  American Airlines has gone from the top of my list to the bottom as far as choices for airline travel.  To you folks  out there in cyber land remember that if you need help, just ask.

I have nothing further to add at this time except for you to remember fly AA if you like misery.

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November 26, 2017

Start Monday Morning with most Popular Meditation

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 9:09 pm
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Thanks to everyone who liked the meditations we post and this one was by far and away the most popular.  Its the early morning short and powerful “start your day” meditation and after a four day holiday where a zillion turkeys were devoured and 20 million gallons of gravy were poured over 100 million pounds of mashed potatoes or spilled on the rug, where 6.5 pounds of string beans were eaten by kids who’s parents go by the “Just three bite” Rule, and where the biggest turkey in The United States of America is the Moron POTUS, who after the official count lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

So lets start this week and every morning with this meditation. When I wake up every morning the first thing I do is push the start button to play this meditation nd start my day with it.

Start your morning with this link

 We have nothing to add except American Airlines still sucks and we decided not to fly which is a good thing mainly because we were so contagious with fever that it probably would have spread through the air recycling system ruining the holiday for several passengers who would have been innocent by-standers.  After four straight days in bed and daily Reiki sessions were feeling pretty good.  Thanks to all the well wishes who sent all the cards and emails.  God Bless all of our followers and all of our soon to be followers, we plan to make this coming year interesting.

 

November 23, 2017

American Airlines – In it for the MONEY

Well folks, everyday is a learning experience and today I learned that the once great airline, American Airlines which happens to be the first airline I ever flew and the only airline I ever trusted my son to fly alone on, now SUCKS, yes folks, AMERICAN AIRLINES SUCKS!

We are flying on American Airlines on November 24 from SFO to PHX and we hope we don’t meet because we were up all night with a fever and woke up this morning with a scratchy voice and a sore throat so bad we can’t remember one this bad.  We are also sweating like there is no tomorrow.

We tried to change the dates, but AA doesn’t allow changes.  So I asked if we cancel will we get a refund ?  NO!  We kind of figured this, but gave it a shot.  We thought maybe because we are a senior citizen they would understand that sometimes we get sick quickly and should not be flying and make adjustments. NO!  So all you BABY BOOMERS out there in cyber-land pay attention American Airlines only ares about the all mighty buck, not you or your needs.

If you are on this flight be sure to wave when you hear someone cough so deep they almost pass out. Be sure to keep clear and remember the only reason we are flying is because a large chunk of money will be lost by this senior citizen because AA will not refund the fare.

There is still time left and maybe, just maybe we might “EAT” the money that we sacrificed for over a year to save for this trip and not go. Ruining other travelers holiday is not something we would normally do nor wish to do.  An airplane is a known to be one of the worst germ infested places to be in and we might get worse.  Soon as the fever clears we will decide.

If we do decide to book another flight when we get well, you can bet your sweet bippy (Laugh-in) that it will NOT be American Airlines.  We would walk, run, trot, ride a bike, drive a car, truck, go cart, boat, prop plane, call Uber, Lyft, crawl, or call any other airline on this planet before AA.

We have nothing (COUGH) else to report at this time except to wish everyone except American Airlines a HAPPY THANKSGIVING. What are we thankful for? Everything that is and ever will be.

A special meditation for those who are afraid to fly “Overcome fear of flying on AA

November 5, 2017

Sad Day in Southerland Springs, Texas and the United States of America

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 3:14 pm
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My fellow Americans once again we have coward shooting at a church in Southerland Springs, Texas with 20+ dead including women and children. The shooter is dead after a short chase. Many details are still unclear.  The daughter of the pastor is reported to be one of the victims.

Our prayers and with all the victims involved in this tragic event.

We have nothing to add at this time but will be following events on CNN.

Folks, we can only say that until strong gun control is in place these type of incidents will continue and its up to us to get something done.  The WH, Congress, and Senate have their heads up their butts because the NRA donates big time to the GOP.  They hem haw around for a few days, then NOTHING gets done.  Call your representatives and DEMAND GUN CONTROL NOW!

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