If you’re flying with pets, don’t fly Delta

This Gawker article summarizes the findings pet-travel related findings of the Air Travel Consumer Report from the DOT. While Delta flies more pets than most airlines (according to a Delta spokesperson), only .2% of the animals they carried were injured or died. Still seems pretty high to me.

The report, available online, confirms that 19 of last year’s 35 in-flight pet deaths happened on Delta planes. That’s up from 16 in 2010. The second most deadly airline for pets was American, with 5 deaths. Delta also led the pack in terms of pet injury, with 5 out of 9 total incidents occurring on Delta flights.

Via The Daily What

If you’re flying with pets, don’t fly Delta

Why do first class passengers get to skip TSA lines?

Whenever I travel by plane I become furious at the different things we have to do in the name of security. The TSA has a hard job, to be sure, and they get a lot of criticism. That said, the ban on liquids and having to take our shoes off impact… Well, these arguments have been made before. I’ve always noticed the first class line that lets travelers with more expensive tickets skip to the head of the line. Usually when I notice this, I’m filled with a white rage that dissipates by the time I get where I’m going and I forget to look up why this is. Turns out that first class passengers get to skip the TSA line because…the TSA isn’t responsible for the TSA line, the airlines are. This is, obviously, bullshit. If the TSA wanted to dictate a policy in this regard they could. In any case, I guess it’s good to know the answer, even if it is just as infuriating as most of airport security.

The T.S.A., whenever it is called on the carpet (which is often) about the two-tiered system it countenances, responds with the same piece of casuistry. The rich are scanned the same way as everyone else, the T.S.A. insists, but the formation of the queues themselves is not our department. “That real estate in front of the checkpoint is owned by the airlines,” one spokeswoman told USA Today in 2006. (The law is not crystal clear. It gives supervisory responsibility for the entire airport to a T.S.A. “federal security director.”)

Why do first class passengers get to skip TSA lines?

Predictable Idiocy

Airbus A330-300 C-GFUR
Photo by Flickr user caribb
So, because the most recent al-Qaeda dipshit tried to light a firecracker on a plane, we’re not forbidden to get up or hold anything on our laps during the last hour of a flight:

“Among other things,” the statement on Air Canada’s Web site read, “during the final hour of flight customers must remain seated, will not be allowed to access carry-on baggage, or have personal belongings or other items on their laps.”

The suspect in the Friday attempt, identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, tried to ignite his incendiary device in the final hour of the flight while the plane was descending into Detroit.

We all recognize that this is beyond stupid, right? We’re letting al-Qaeda write our flight security regulations by proxy. Whatever they do, we overreact: shoes, liquids, laps. At some point, will Americans get fed up and stop flying?

Predictable Idiocy