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Originally posted by TKDRL
I am already doing this myself personally. Whether or not others follow me, I really don't care anymore. It is a waste of time and energy to try to get others to follow. I can't change anything other than what I do, and I have definitely done so.
Originally posted by sisgood
On the other hand, getting into the US, needs to be a little harder. I'm thinking a thumb print scan to make sure you really are who you say you are. Computers can have it, why not airports? Just have it right after the metal detector or something.
TADA, no terrorist getting in the country anymore! (and no criminals flying under a false ID). After that, just make sure we're not carrying a machine gun or something, and we're good!
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
The problem is that people like you buy into the whole "its for your own safety" bullsnip. No. Its not. At all. If your safety were the concern there are lots of things that kill Americans in vastly greater numbers than terrorists your government could legitimately be cracking down on without violating the Constitution to do it. Its not about your safety. Its about stripping your rights from you and getting you to beg them to do it because you are scared.
My first rectal search
And here, inspired by so much love and good sense, a false cover children's book (originally in English too):
I know it has the subtlety of an Israeli bulldozer in a china shop. It is desired. And it's not often that I show my side committed here.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
You should inform your self a little more, then, before you go saying the Patriot Act is so good. They already have retinal scanners that people I know from the UK have had to go through before coming in. SO........................thumb prints are passe.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
Originally posted by redrose123
reply to post by boondock-saint
Sounds like a winner to me. I not much into having strangers hands down my pants to begin with. There would be no reason to bail them out if they weren't doing business. I think that could be a start if it isn't convincing enough then move on to other things. Of course I am one of those people that think we should stop everything until they start to fix things.
well I'm not too fond of them groping me either
but what really gets my goat is seeing it done
to babies and 3 yr olds.
Load Factors Sky-High, But Not Revenue
August 17, 2009
Major domestic airlines reported the highest load factors of the year for July, and in the case of Continental Airlines, Southwest Airlines and US Airways, the most full planes in their histories, according to traffic data released this month.....
2009 airline revenue: Worst drop ever
January 20, 2010
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The airline industry suffered its largest drop ever in passenger revenue last year as a weak economy grounded many would-be travelers, an industry group said Wednesday.
The Air Transport Association of America said total passenger revenue for the major U.S. carriers fell 18% in 2009 versus the year before. It was the largest drop on record, exceeding the 14% decline in 2001....
"The global recession, accompanied by high levels of unemployment, hit air travel demand especially hard in 2009," said James May, ATA chief executive and president, in a statement.
But the outlook for the current year is a bit brighter. "Anecdotal evidence suggests a positive revenue trajectory in 2010," May added....
Business travelers bolster outlook for US airlines
...After cutting fares and capacity when business fliers dwindled in the recession, Delta, American and other big carriers are flying fuller planes and charging more for tickets.
“The industry appears to be turning a corner,’’ US Airways Group president Scott Kirby told investors at the conference. “We’ve seen a dramatic recovery in business travel.’’
International flights are leading the boost for Delta, with unit revenue up 50 percent on Asian markets in June and 30 percent on routes across the Atlantic, president Ed Bastian said in New York. American and Continental Airlines Inc. also said business travel was strong in Asia.
.....“The recovery is on,’’ Continental chief executive Jeff Smisek told investors. The airline is benefiting from more corporate fliers and a higher average fare per mile, he said.
Business passengers are prized in the industry because they often fly at the last moment and tend to pay the highest prices. Corporate-travel revenue jumped 50 percent in May from a year earlier at Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways, Kirby said.
“There haven’t yet been big increases across the industry,’’ Kirby said of airlines’ recent ticket-price moves. “I’m optimistic that, given the strong revenue environment we and others are seeing, that we’ll start getting some traction on pricing.’’....
Airlines Increase Capacity to Meet Demand
Planes are flying full, airline revenues are up, so carriers are adding capacity, according to the OAG Frequency Capacity Trend Statistics. Airlines are adding 17.9 million seats, a 6 percent increase, a percentage point ahead of the 5 percent monthly capacity increase so far this year. The Asia Pacific and Middle East are showing the most growth, Intra European routes are next. China is now the second largest domestic market, second only to the United States. (Source: OAG press release). www.blueribbontravel.com...
Originally posted by jessejamesxx
I've skipped out on the last year and a half of seeing my friends and family in another state.
I urge you all to do the same.