Originally posted by lzkaware
I have a serious question! Would any of you cancel your Hawaii Trip In May because of the situation? Hypothetical
Recently my wife needed to go to SE Asia because a relative died. I wasn't too keen on it but I understood she just "had" to go. So, I looked for
flights on United and I was surprised to see there were flights that went direct to SE Asia. I have been flying to SE Asia for 16-ish years and you
always stop in Tokyo for a few hours. So, I still wasn't keen on the deal but at least they flew over Japan; or so I thought.
I booked the ticket. Later my wife printed the itinerary and said she thinks it stops in Tokyo. I assured her it didn't. She pulled out the
itinerary and next to the flight there is a tiny asterisks. If you really look around on the page you will find some tiny type 8 font which has
only a few words which say either "plane change" or something else to that affect.
I call United and ask. The lady says that it does in-fact stop in Tokyo, even though it doesn't directly show up on the itinerary. She stated that
it didn't show up because there was no plane change. Just get off a plane, stand around for a few hours while they fuel it up and stuff, then get
back on the same plane. I pointed out to her that the return had a complete plane change and it also wasn't clearly shown in the itinerary. I then
asked her if this was in an attempt to hide the Tokyo layover because of the radiation.
She said, "please hold" and transferred me.
A lady picked up and stated she was some sort of manager and asked me what the issue was. I explained the issue and that I had absolutely no intention
of having any of my family fly through Tokyo because of concerns about radiation. She didn't even bat an eye and rebooked the flight through Europe.
No change fees, no fuss, no additional charges, nothing.
In all my years flying I have never had an airline make a change with absolutely no fuss. Not even that they volunteered the change, gave us a more
expensive flight and didn't charge a penny.
ETA: Immediately after the disaster in Fuku we stopped eating anything that came from the Pacific. If we could tell. Not everything is labelled.
We don't eat anything that is "product of Japan", we don't eat Pacific Tuna, we stopped eating Sushi from places that get their fish from Pacific
fishermen. (ask you sushi chef, if they don't know where the fish comes from you shouldn't be eating there anyhow, ick) We check that all of our
fish are farm raised or come from the Atlantic. Seafood at your regular run-of-the-mill chain restaurant (ie Red Lobster (also ick)) is completely
off the menu, they have no idea where they get their bulk shipments from before the slap it on a plate after burning it somehow.
We were talking about a Hawaii trip a couple years ago, no chance of that now. I also just opt-ed out of a business trip to SoCal.
I don't mess with that radiation mess. Perhaps I am getting dosed anyhow, but not because I am being complacent about it. This is going to be a huge
problem. Even if they don't leak one more rad from that place, it will still be 10's of THOUSANDS of years before those isotopes are gone.
on 25-4-2012 by Bakatono because: moreinfo