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Old 08-14-2006, 10:48 PM   #81
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....Flying first class? Who needs it? It just seems like more of that conspicuous consumption, keeping up with the Joneses crap that is totally pointless. I would actually be embarrassed to sit in first class thinking all those people going by on their way to steerage knew I was totally stupid for wasting good money to get a little more elbow room on a two hour flight. Some things in life are important. Riding first class ain't one of them. BTW, have you noticed how many of the people riding first class these days are enormously obese or get drunkenly loud and abusive? Me thinks it is more pleasant to ride in the back with the sober skinny people.
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I would LOVE to fly first class all the time... I was able to do so on a number of flight with upgrades and when I traveled overseas a few times for work...

And like someone else said.... I have never seen someone drunk in first class... back in the cheap seats I have...

To me, the wider chair and more space between rows is great... and when going overseas you can get some sleep...
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Old 08-15-2006, 03:01 AM   #82
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And like someone else said.... I have never seen someone drunk in first class... back in the cheap seats I have...
You've obviously never sat next to Wade Boggs on the Boston-L.A. red-eye...
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Old 08-15-2006, 07:55 AM   #83
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When I was in the Navy from 69-72 the airlines allowed you to fly military stand-by for half the regular fair. You had to be in uniform to get stand-by status. I was upgraded several times without asking to first class because no seats were available in coach. Maybe it was because I was an officer and those tropical whites looked so good. Times have changed but in my opinion we cannot do enough for our volunteer men and women who signed up to serve their country.

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Old 08-15-2006, 01:33 PM   #84
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.....You wrote
"Speaking as a submariner, I'm getting tired of folding my body into small places"
I will never get into one of those silly army-navy your momma discussions but you sure tempted me to start one with that line.
Hey, I've never lost a passenger out an exit door yet. To quote another notorious pilot, "Bring it on!"

I'm darn glad that LASIK didn't exist when I joined the Navy, or I might have spent the rest of my life in blissful ignorance as an aviator...

My spouse has pointed out to me many times that I lack a concept of personal space. I still tend to walk with one hip & shoulder pointing forward (learned in those two-foot-wide passageways) and to weave around people. I'm all too likely to squeeze through a crowd or to put my hand on someone's shoulders to indicate that I'm coming through behind them. (Apparently we're supposed to stand in one place and loudly broadcast our request for passage? It's never occurred to me.) Only recently have I "learned" to sprawl across a queen-size mattress rather than sleep in a 28"x66" space with a throw pillow.

I have plenty of aviator friends & relatives who won't get small again, including an F-4 RIO who's been able to upgrade from cockpit to first class with no problems...
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I was upgraded several times without asking to first class because no seats were available in coach.*
Same thing happened to me, but it was on my way from Philadelphia to Texas (Lackland AFB).* Only thing was that I was in my civilian clothes on my way to basic training! (no - I was not a "sharp dresser"* )

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Hey, I've never lost a passenger out an exit door yet. To quote another notorious pilot, "Bring it on!"

I'm darn glad that LASIK didn't exist when I joined the Navy, or I might have spent the rest of my life in blissful ignorance as an aviator...
And to think I was almost convinced petty jealousy and lame excuses were beneath you.

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I have plenty of aviator friends...
Now where have I heard that before? "Some of my best friends are _______." What next? Are you gonna take that "I'm not a racist" "I don't suffer from pilot envy" platitude to the next level like these folks?







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Now where have I heard that before?* "Some of my best friends are _______."* What next?* Are you gonna take that "I'm not a racist" "I don't suffer from pilot envy" platitude to the next level like these folks?







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And to think I was almost convinced petty jealousy and lame excuses were beneath you.
Now where have I heard that before?* "Some of my best friends are _______."* What next?* Are you gonna take that "I'm not a racist" "I don't suffer from pilot envy" platitude to the next level like these folks?
Phew, didn't I see them in a beer commercial?
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Flying first class reminds me of a situation I found myself in in the mid 70's when I was in the army reserves. I was the ranking officer of a group of about 40 soldiers flying back from El Paso to Charlotte after our 2 weeks of annual training. Prior to take off, a flight attendent advised me that there was a first class seat available and offered it to me. I asked her if I could substitute another soidier in the seat. That was ok with her, *so I asked one of the NCO's to round up the most junior soldier in our unit ASAP and bring him to me. The man that he presented to me had been in the army for only a couple of months and was a private.

I turned him over to this pretty flight attendent and he walk into first class like he belonged there. Under my breath I said to him "Don't screw this up Private" He later told me that as he was strolling to the first class section he was thinking: "Man, this Army is alright..." *He later retired from the reserves as a Sargeant Major (E-9).

I still have yet to fly first class.
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You've obviously never sat next to Wade Boggs on the Boston-L.A. red-eye...
Never have taken that flight... you must not have flied between Newark and London or other Europe locations... free drinks in the back...
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Never have taken that flight...* you must not have flied between Newark and London or other Europe locations... free drinks in the back...
Unless you fly USAir. They served drinks in all classes in the past, but since 9-11 the "rules" have changed. That's why I switched to SAS or British Air...

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