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(NYPost)   Passengers of U.S. Airways flight 1549 thrilled to be given free first class upgrades for a year. Just kidding, they're biatching their lungs out because they want free upgrades for life   (nypost.com) divider line 266
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2009-01-30 09:55:32 AM
"You're going to crash me into the water, and you're going to tell me all I get is an upgrade?" asked Antonio Sales, 20, who was traveling with the University of South Carolina's track team. "That's more of an 'OK, you're not dead, I'll give you something to hold on to.' It's not enough at all."

Well dumbass the plane could have crashed into a building and all the passengers could be dead. Everyone walked away from this. Not a single loss of life. Why should they get anything at all? US Airways isn't responsible for that flock of geese having been there and the pilot did a damn fine job of recovering from what could have been a complete catastrophe. I think US Airways fulfilled its obligation to the passengers when the pilot made as safe a landing as he did with no casualties.
 
2009-01-30 09:56:27 AM
How about a lifetime of free cockpunch/KHITBASH service to these two idiots?
 
2009-01-30 09:57:26 AM
knifefish: I'm sure many/most of them are normal, rational people who are happy to be okay.

I thought they were New Yorkers?
 
2009-01-30 09:57:31 AM
Have a reunion flight.

Crash it properly this time.

Problem solved.
 
2009-01-30 10:03:28 AM
Seeing that this was not the fault of the airline, they don't deserve jack shiat. If they'd all died, their families wouldn't have deserved jack shiat. There's no such thing as being 100% safe. If the pilot had been drunk, or if the airline had failed to maintain the plane, sure. But they cannot control every goose that skeets around out there - if you insist on pointing fingers, the airport itself would be the ones to biatch at.

It's called life, assholes.

How long till we have someone shiat themselves because of turbulence, and end up demanding free upgrades for life, and a $100 million?

Assholes. I have no sympathy. Put the bastards on a kamikaze plane and crash it into a sewage plant.
 
2009-01-30 10:04:52 AM
tonesskin: So farking what? Lawsuits have decreased some years, too. You show a single farking DATA POINT and try to justify your stupid little claim.

Your a idiot.



Actually, no, you're the idiot on this one.

[Since 1962] there are five times as many lawsuits today.

They are also increasingly settled out of court. In 1962 11.5% went to court. These days it's less than 2% that go to court, so you'll see spurious "debunkings" that claim the amount of lawsuits have dropped based solely on the misleading statistic of the number that make it to trial.

But that's nonsense. 15 million lawsuits will be filed this year, which is roughly one new one every two seconds. Additionally, Americans spend more on civil litigation than any other industrialized country - we spend twice as much on lawsuits as we do on automobiles, and we have more lawyers per capita then any other country in the world. That's a lot of money being sapped out of industries by lawyers, and a lot of extra cost built in to everything to compensate.
 
2009-01-30 10:05:55 AM
Actually, due to the rarity of plane crashes, now is the greatest time to actually fly.
 
2009-01-30 10:06:41 AM
Ever see the US Airways financials? One year might be a lifetime for them.
 
2009-01-30 10:07:11 AM
incrdbil: nopokerface: How about 5 free upgrades? Not everybody flies often. Plus, didn't they already get fat checks?

A fixed number instead of a time based one would have been a better choice, and i'm certain the airline wishes they had doen that now.


With the number of companies dying these days, that may not be necessarily true.

It would have seemed to be "An act of God". Clearly God is responsible and should be sued, not the airline.
 
2009-01-30 10:07:18 AM
tgregory: how the conversation should've gone...

US Airways: FREE FIRST CLASS UPGRADES FOR A YEAR!
Passengers: Boo! We want it for a lifetime!!!
US Airways: F--- you. You ungrateful snots. You get nothing now.


okami36: Have a reunion flight.
Crash it properly this time.
Problem solved.


-----
Combine the two.
free upgrades for a year.

reunion flight at end of the year.

crash the flight

there, you've received free upgrades for life!

win-win!
 
2009-01-30 10:08:38 AM
tonesskin: Uh, you made the initial argument without support. I just think it's a silly farking argument. You are taking something with such a low base rate and trying to pretend like it's some kind of epidemic. It isn't.

Fair enough. It sounds like you're probably more well-versed on this topic than I am, so I'll concede that I may be basing my stance on more conjecture than concrete evidence. It seems to me that people are more likely to sue at the drop of a hat today, but it might have always been this way and I just wasn't paying as much attention.

Either way, I don't want to argue this morning. I haven't had enough coffee.
 
2009-01-30 10:10:53 AM
SlothB77: If it is just free upgrades to first class after i have to buy a coach ticket, eh, maybe i will fly three times in the next year. it is basically $50 per flight, on 6 flights, so compensation of $300 or so.

Where do you find these cheap upgrades? The last time I looked at an upgrade from coach, it was $90 for the flight from ORD to RDU (a $54 flight lasting 2.5 hours). That was definitely not worth it.

Any of the longer flights (nearly all of my flights are RDU -> SFO and return) are either not available for upgrade, or SIGNIFICANTLY higher (like in the upper $400s)
 
2009-01-30 10:11:41 AM
I_Am_Weasel: incrdbil: nopokerface: How about 5 free upgrades? Not everybody flies often. Plus, didn't they already get fat checks?

A fixed number instead of a time based one would have been a better choice, and i'm certain the airline wishes they had doen that now.

With the number of companies dying these days, that may not be necessarily true.

It would have seemed to be "An act of God". Clearly God is responsible and should be sued, not the airline.


Oh man, I wouldn't want to get involved their. I hear he's got people that can tie cases up for an eternity until the plaintiff runs out of funds to pursue.
 
2009-01-30 10:11:41 AM
every one of those effing passengers should just sign their 5k over to the pilot.


Doesn't take too long for these guys to start demanding more. Must be married.
 
2009-01-30 10:22:14 AM
You're going to crash me into the water

Yeah, buddy, like they did it on fukcing PURPOSE, too!!

I hope none of these people ever win the lottery.

Imagine the biatchin' about having to go pick up the check?
 
2009-01-30 10:23:49 AM
For fark's sake, you got out of a plan wreck alive, and even without a scratch (for the most part).

Stop being so greedy!! You got your life, and that is priceless.
 
2009-01-30 10:27:52 AM
uptonogood: fark, i hate americans. the gimme nation. i hope we're in a recession for decades.

/leaving the country soon again
//fark you guys


+1
 
2009-01-30 10:29:00 AM
jaggspb: uptonogood: fark, i hate americans. the gimme nation. i hope we're in a recession for decades.

/leaving the country soon again
//fark you guys

don't let the door hit ya on the way out. i hear North Korea is nice this time of year.


-1
 
2009-01-30 10:30:46 AM
Sniper 1: You guys are slamming 150 people over the comments from about four. Not everyone on that plane feels the same way.

It's the quiet ones you have to worry about - they're consulting with an attorney. If at least ten people don't sue I'll eat my hat.
 
2009-01-30 10:32:39 AM
bighairguy

Comedy Gold!!!
 
2009-01-30 10:33:03 AM
Pugnacious shiats like that should be cock/coont punched on TV.
 
2009-01-30 10:33:42 AM
"Shanna, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash."
 
2009-01-30 10:34:23 AM
They are being shiatheads for demanding more after they already received money (considering there were no fatalities), but I don't understand why the passengers of the flight should feel "grateful" to US Airways. "US Airways saved their lives!!!" Oh, you mean by pulling them out of the crash that US Airways got them into in the first place?
 
2009-01-30 10:35:44 AM
I was in a car accident with a 22 Wheeler from a construction company. My car was totaled, but I came out of it completely unscathed. No one was deemed "at fault" by the police. It was totally an accident. History of back problems previously, but never documented by insurance.

Everyone I know was telling me to sue. "You should have gone to the hospital, and claimed it messed your back up.." to "You can take the construction company to the cleaners."

I was in a car accident. I did not win the lottery.
Refused to perpetuate the problem.

Most Americans do suck.
 
2009-01-30 10:36:11 AM
'THIS' to about 97% of comments, nix to the other 3%
 
2009-01-30 10:37:36 AM
this is further proof that most of america has officially turned into namby pamby, self righteous, douchebag, entitled pussies
 
2009-01-30 10:39:21 AM
santadog: I was in a car accident with a 22 Wheeler from a construction company. My car was totaled, but I came out of it completely unscathed. No one was deemed "at fault" by the police. It was totally an accident. History of back problems previously, but never documented by insurance.

Everyone I know was telling me to sue. "You should have gone to the hospital, and claimed it messed your back up.." to "You can take the construction company to the cleaners."

I was in a car accident. I did not win the lottery.
Refused to perpetuate the problem.

Most Americans do suck.


That's why I laugh when people complain about lawyers. Lawyers don't sue; YOU DO, PEOPLE!
 
2009-01-30 10:40:28 AM
santadog

I was in a car accident with a 22 Wheeler from a construction company. My car was totaled, but I came out of it completely unscathed.


Can you give us details? I could potentially help you sue. I just graduated top of my class from online traffic school (on an academic scholarship).
 
2009-01-30 10:41:47 AM
santadog: I was in a car accident with a 22 Wheeler from a construction company. My car was totaled, but I came out of it completely unscathed. No one was deemed "at fault" by the police. It was totally an accident. History of back problems previously, but never documented by insurance.

Everyone I know was telling me to sue. "You should have gone to the hospital, and claimed it messed your back up.." to "You can take the construction company to the cleaners."

I was in a car accident. I did not win the lottery.
Refused to perpetuate the problem.

Most Americans do suck.



Good for you, seriously.

I hit the back of a car a few months ago, completely my fault. But the woman I hit (though pissed her bumper was ruined) was very cool about it. There was no complaints of any injury from herself of the passenger. I was grateful.

I'm in Canada, but it still could've sucked.
 
2009-01-30 10:42:34 AM
Why shouldn't these people get free upgrades for life? I'm thinking the average person flies 1 time per year. That's 155 free first class upgrades a year that really cost USAir nothing; as opposed to lawsuits from all of these people that could cost millions. If you don't want problems like this, don't crash planes into rivers.
 
2009-01-30 10:44:13 AM
I don't wish harm to anyone, but you know..the ones who are biatching ought to all die
 
2009-01-30 10:44:31 AM
CBR ME ASAP: If you don't want problems like this, don't crash planes into rivers.

You just read the bold words in a news story, don't you?
 
2009-01-30 10:45:26 AM
mistervague: santadog: I was in a car accident with a 22 Wheeler from a construction company. My car was totaled, but I came out of it completely unscathed. No one was deemed "at fault" by the police. It was totally an accident. History of back problems previously, but never documented by insurance.

Everyone I know was telling me to sue. "You should have gone to the hospital, and claimed it messed your back up.." to "You can take the construction company to the cleaners."

I was in a car accident. I did not win the lottery.
Refused to perpetuate the problem.

Most Americans do suck.

That's why I laugh when people complain about lawyers. Lawyers don't sue; YOU DO, PEOPLE!


No, but lawyers encourage people to sue and defend people they know are guilty of ridiculous things. If you know your client is guilty, you should make that fact known. Fark attorney client privelege, if your client killed 14 people and you know it and still get them off, you and the murderer should go to jail for life.
 
2009-01-30 10:47:14 AM
Howabout, be happy you're not dead. US Airways provided you with a safe airplane and a damn good pilot. If anything, sue the airport for not getting the geese outta the way.
 
2009-01-30 10:49:00 AM
IXI Jim IXI: CBR ME ASAP: If you don't want problems like this, don't crash planes into rivers.

You just read the bold words in a news story, don't you?


What the fark is that supposed to mean? Unless I missed something, these people paid to fly to Charlotte not the Hudson river. I'd say it was a pretty traumatizing experience. If they all died, there would be 155 lawsuits, since they all lived USAir should be off the hook...is that what you're saying?
 
2009-01-30 10:51:53 AM
tonesskin:
Your a idiot.


I actually laughed out loud. That is classic!
 
2009-01-30 10:52:47 AM
FeeltheIllinoise: Howabout, be happy you're not dead. US Airways provided you with a safe airplane and a damn good pilot. If anything, sue the airport for not getting the geese outta the way.

Easy to say when you are on the outside looking in.
 
2009-01-30 10:52:58 AM
CBR ME ASAP: IXI Jim IXI: CBR ME ASAP: If you don't want problems like this, don't crash planes into rivers.

You just read the bold words in a news story, don't you?

What the fark is that supposed to mean? Unless I missed something, these people paid to fly to Charlotte not the Hudson river. I'd say it was a pretty traumatizing experience. If they all died, there would be 155 lawsuits, since they all lived USAir should be off the hook...is that what you're saying?


People are saying that this is a genuine accident. The airline is not at fault. The aeroplane manufacturer is not at fault. It was caused by geese. The passengers are mostly just grateful that they're alive. A couple of morans believe that they'll get rich apportioning blame where there is none. These people are deserving of our scorn. As are you if you think they're right.
 
2009-01-30 10:56:15 AM
The crew saved their lives
The airline hiring the best people and giving them great training saved their lives
The passengers acting sensible and calm saved each other lives.
The people jumping into boats and reaching them quickly saved their lives (well at least the people who can't swim).
This was a act of God (well "Bird God")

The passangers dont deserve anything from the airline.

Another example of ... something bad happened to me, how do I make a profit. Of course it was stupid for the airlines to do this because its bad PR.
 
2009-01-30 10:56:17 AM
This article is meaningless without a quote from someone named Kolodjay.
 
2009-01-30 10:56:58 AM
Ding Dong Seven: Seeing that this was not the fault of the airline, they don't deserve jack shiat. If they'd all died, their families wouldn't have deserved jack shiat. There's no such thing as being 100% safe. If the pilot had been drunk, or if the airline had failed to maintain the plane, sure. But they cannot control every goose that skeets around out there - if you insist on pointing fingers, the airport itself would be the ones to biatch at.

It's called life, assholes.

How long till we have someone shiat themselves because of turbulence, and end up demanding free upgrades for life, and a $100 million?

Assholes. I have no sympathy. Put the bastards on a kamikaze plane and crash it into a sewage plant.


A plane load of THIS!
 
2009-01-30 10:59:11 AM
Perhaps they should just be glad to be alive....
 
2009-01-30 11:03:37 AM
The Envoy: CBR ME ASAP: IXI Jim IXI: CBR ME ASAP: If you don't want problems like this, don't crash planes into rivers.

You just read the bold words in a news story, don't you?

What the fark is that supposed to mean? Unless I missed something, these people paid to fly to Charlotte not the Hudson river. I'd say it was a pretty traumatizing experience. If they all died, there would be 155 lawsuits, since they all lived USAir should be off the hook...is that what you're saying?

People are saying that this is a genuine accident. The airline is not at fault. The aeroplane manufacturer is not at fault. It was caused by geese. The passengers are mostly just grateful that they're alive. A couple of morans believe that they'll get rich apportioning blame where there is none. These people are deserving of our scorn. As are you if you think they're right.


How do you know who is and is not at fault? Were you watching from above? How do you know that the geese could not have been avoided? Maybe brass balls was catching a round of jaw from the hot flight attendant and could've avoided the geese. Anything could have happened to cause this. The NTSB has said the investigation will take a YEAR. Good thing we have people like you that can apportion blame in hours without access to any of the facts or evidence not stated in the NYPost.

I don't think anyone is trying to get rich. These people get free upgrades for a YEAR???? For most of them that probably means NO FREE UPGRADES because they won't be flying this year. If that's the case they might feel like it would have been better for USAir to just say sorry and be done with it, but free upgrades for a year probably reeks of a publicity stunt to some.
 
2009-01-30 11:04:53 AM
nearscentedhound: Ding Dong Seven: Seeing that this was not the fault of the airline, they don't deserve jack shiat. If they'd all died, their families wouldn't have deserved jack shiat. There's no such thing as being 100% safe. If the pilot had been drunk, or if the airline had failed to maintain the plane, sure. But they cannot control every goose that skeets around out there - if you insist on pointing fingers, the airport itself would be the ones to biatch at.

It's called life, assholes.

How long till we have someone shiat themselves because of turbulence, and end up demanding free upgrades for life, and a $100 million?

Assholes. I have no sympathy. Put the bastards on a kamikaze plane and crash it into a sewage plant.

A plane load of THIS!


You two sound very intelligent. I bet you wonder why people hate you.
 
2009-01-30 11:09:16 AM
SlothB77: i plan to fly once, maybe twice in the next year.

if i were given free trips first class, that number goes up to more than five times. I'll fly everywhere.

If it is just free upgrades to first class after i have to buy a coach ticket, eh, maybe i will fly three times in the next year. it is basically $50 per flight, on 6 flights, so compensation of $300 or so.

But, since i would have flown less without the offer and some of those free first class seats i got would not have been sold anyways, the cost to the airline is essentially zero.


Just flew with USAir to Phoenix from Indianapolis (getting a kick...) and they sold the upgrades for $150. Delta charges from $50-150 depending on distance, and Airtran does sell upgrades from $49 to $99. The 50 buck upgrades are for shortish (about) 500-mile flights.
 
2009-01-30 11:09:17 AM
FlippityFlap: Perhaps they should just be glad to be alive....

Welcome to US Airways - Just be glad you're alive.
 
2009-01-30 11:09:58 AM
I'd prefer a guarantee that my luggage will always arrive in the same city that I do.
 
2009-01-30 11:11:27 AM
B..b..but the "Oceannic 6" got free flights for life...
 
2009-01-30 11:11:30 AM
CBR ME ASAP: nearscentedhound: Ding Dong Seven: Seeing that this was not the fault of the airline, they don't deserve jack shiat. If they'd all died, their families wouldn't have deserved jack shiat. There's no such thing as being 100% safe. If the pilot had been drunk, or if the airline had failed to maintain the plane, sure. But they cannot control every goose that skeets around out there - if you insist on pointing fingers, the airport itself would be the ones to biatch at.

It's called life, assholes.

How long till we have someone shiat themselves because of turbulence, and end up demanding free upgrades for life, and a $100 million?

Assholes. I have no sympathy. Put the bastards on a kamikaze plane and crash it into a sewage plant.

A plane load of THIS!

You two sound very intelligent. I bet you wonder why people hate you.


Aren't you just the sweetest little troll. Here's something fun that you can do today. Research "limited liability"... you may also want to research "sh*t happens", because it does.

Also, you may want to haul your butt away from your computer once in a while. If you actually got out now and then, you may come to realize that when "sh*t happens", it makes you a tougher person. When you survive trauma, you are stronger for it. That's so much better than being a whining pansy with no backbone, but you absolutely have to have a life to experience it.

Ok. Have a great day. :)
 
2009-01-30 11:12:08 AM
CBR ME ASAP:How do you know that the geese could not have been avoided?

Geese are agile animals in the air whereas a plane is not. Also geese are small and there is no way the pilot could know they were there and that he needed to do something to avoid them. Also, the geese were not stationary, they were in motion making it so the pilot could not predict their motions. It is quite clear that avoiding the geese was not a simple option.
 
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