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(KATU)   In an attempt to keep up with highly competitive industry standards, United Airlines announces three-day San Francisco to Shanghai route. Better pack a lunch or two   (katu.com) divider line 45
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2012-03-21 09:08:56 AM  
Why would it take several hours to hand out vouchers? It only takes 10 minutes to get everyone off the plane. You can hand out the vouchers as the passengers deplane.

Deplane. Deplane.
 
2012-03-21 09:10:17 AM  
Kinda surprised they're giving refunds.
 
2012-03-21 09:11:12 AM  
You might say those passengers

- puts on sunglasses -

are going to be Shanghaied

YEEEEAAHHHHH!!!!
 
2012-03-21 09:11:50 AM  
Still better than a slow boat.
 
2012-03-21 09:13:28 AM  
"There will be a short delay while we get lemon-soaked paper napkins."
 
2012-03-21 09:14:43 AM  
Yeah, no. I wouldn't take a domestic airline to go to Asia. I would fly Singapore Air.

/canings are complimentary
 
2012-03-21 09:15:48 AM  
They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into.
 
2012-03-21 09:17:48 AM  

ami5000: They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into.


This. As if they should expect service from an airline!

/damn flying buses....
 
2012-03-21 09:20:44 AM  
Deplane? De-farking-plane? What's wrong with 'disembark'? FFS.
 
2012-03-21 09:21:53 AM  

ami5000: They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into.


When asked what kind of plane it was, the United representative replied, "It's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol."
 
2012-03-21 09:22:40 AM  

Swiss Colony: Deplane? De-farking-plane? What's wrong with 'disembark'? FFS.


You embark from your point of origin, you disembark at your destination. Anchorage wasn't their destination, so they just deplaned.

Deplane. Deplane.
 
2012-03-21 09:24:55 AM  
Fine, then use 'alight' we have plenty of words, there is no need to make up stupid ones just because of limited vocabulary.
 
2012-03-21 09:27:53 AM  
idiotflashback.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-03-21 09:30:09 AM  
Unemplaned
 
2012-03-21 09:30:41 AM  
What's wrong with deplane?
 
2012-03-21 09:31:59 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Why would it take several hours to hand out vouchers? It only takes 10 minutes to get everyone off the plane. You can hand out the vouchers as the passengers deplane.

Deplane. Deplane.


They're not pre-printed, the ones I've seen look similar to a customs declaration form and have to be filled out. And it takes a bit more than 10 minutes in a non-emergency to clear an international 777-200 with 250+ seats.

May take some digging into the story but I'm wondering why they didn't just divert to Seattle instead, especially if they knew about the problem just a few hours after departure.
 
2012-03-21 09:32:33 AM  

ami5000: What's wrong with deplane?


Something with the bathrooms. It was in the article.
 
2012-03-21 09:32:43 AM  

ami5000: What's wrong with deplane?


De bathrooms are broken.
 
2012-03-21 09:32:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Why would it take several hours to hand out vouchers? It only takes 10 minutes to get everyone off the plane. You can hand out the vouchers as the passengers deplane.

Deplane. Deplane.


Because they don't really want to hand out the vouchers. They keep you sitting around forever hoping the magical plane fixing fairy will suddenly appear and fix a problem that their maintenance guys are saying they can't fix. So it takes hours before someone in managment realizes that the fairy is not answering their prayers. It is the same reason they kept them on the plane for that long as well.

//recently was stuck out of country due to the airport running our of jet fuel. Most of the other travelers sat around waiting for to see if the airline would pay for a hotel. A few hours later when they decided not to, the hotels near the airport were already booked up. By people like me and my coworkers that booked a reservation immediately when we found out we would not be flying that night.
 
2012-03-21 09:33:10 AM  
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2012-03-21 09:33:20 AM  

Swiss Colony: Fine, then use 'alight' we have plenty of words, there is no need to make up stupid ones just because of limited vocabulary.


Uh, it's a term of art. They're not asking you to use it or accept it.
 
2012-03-21 09:33:38 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Something with the bathrooms. It was in the article.


Lenny_da_Hog: De bathrooms are broken.


I LOL'd.
 
2012-03-21 09:34:55 AM  

ami5000: AverageAmericanGuy: Something with the bathrooms. It was in the article.

Lenny_da_Hog: De bathrooms are broken.

I LOL'd.


My sole reason to be here is to amuse you, dear.
 
2012-03-21 09:36:45 AM  
"If we'd known we'd be here this long, we might have done some sightseeing," said Tammy Harmon of Cupertino, Calif., taking a look at Anchorage's blue skies and snow-covered Chugach Mountains.

No you wouldn't, you stupid biatch. It's 12 farking degrees in Anchorage right now. You were flying from San Francisco (50's) to Shanghai (50's). You would have killed yourself being a stupid newbie.
 
2012-03-21 09:36:52 AM  
Well the verb 'to plane' has nothing to do with aircraft. I'm sure you all did woodwork/ carpentry at school so know what a plane is. To deplane would be to unplane, to do the opposite of plane not to disembark or alight.

As for what's wrong with it, we've already got two perfectly usable words for getting out of an aircraft - why the fark are you making up more? What next? Detrain? Decar? Dehorse?
 
2012-03-21 09:54:13 AM  

Swiss Colony: Well the verb 'to plane' has nothing to do with aircraft. I'm sure you all did woodwork/ carpentry at school so know what a plane is. To deplane would be to unplane, to do the opposite of plane not to disembark or alight.

As for what's wrong with it, we've already got two perfectly usable words for getting out of an aircraft - why the fark are you making up more? What next? Detrain? Decar? Dehorse?


For what it's worth, I completely support your opinion, and English isn't even my first language.

"Deplane"... Jesus...

Is this a 'murikan thing or is it used elsewhere, like in the U.K.? I sure as hell never heard it in Canada.
 
2012-03-21 10:04:01 AM  

Swiss Colony: Fine, then use 'alight' we have plenty of words, there is no need to make up stupid ones just because of limited vocabulary.


I was rather amused when I looked up "alight" and found this:

Definition of ALIGHT
intransitive verb
1
: to come down from something (as a vehicle): as
a : dismount
b : deplane

Link

I'm kind of picturing steam coming out of your ears right now.
 
2012-03-21 10:05:10 AM  
So when they get back on will they call it Replaning?


Swiss Colony: As for what's wrong with it, we've already got two perfectly usable words for getting out of an aircraft - why the fark are you making up more? What next? Detrain? Decar? Dehorse?


And on that note I will decamp.
 
2012-03-21 10:08:15 AM  

The_Fuzz:
I'm kind of picturing steam coming out of your ears right now.


My head assplode.

/Swiss Colony out.
//peace.
 
2012-03-21 11:11:10 AM  

Swiss Colony: The_Fuzz:
I'm kind of picturing steam coming out of your ears right now.

My head assplode.

/Swiss Colony out.
//peace.


Yep, and I just found it in a 1997 edition of the Merriam-Webster, so I guess I'm all out of tricks.
 
2012-03-21 11:19:14 AM  

lunchinlewis: Still better than a slow boat.


But not as good as a swift boat.
 
2012-03-21 11:19:25 AM  
All this whining about deplane fills me with an urge to defecate.
 
2012-03-21 11:33:47 AM  
"In an attempt to keep up with highly competitive industry standards, United Airlines announces three-day San Francisco to Shanghai route. Better pack a lunch or two"

This is not a repeat from 1950 or so?
 
2012-03-21 11:47:07 AM  

ClipperGoodwill: AverageAmericanGuy: Why would it take several hours to hand out vouchers? It only takes 10 minutes to get everyone off the plane. You can hand out the vouchers as the passengers deplane.

Deplane. Deplane.

They're not pre-printed, the ones I've seen look similar to a customs declaration form and have to be filled out. And it takes a bit more than 10 minutes in a non-emergency to clear an international 777-200 with 250+ seats.

May take some digging into the story but I'm wondering why they didn't just divert to Seattle instead, especially if they knew about the problem just a few hours after departure.


The plane that finally got them to Shanghai was a 777. It doesn't say what type of plane UA857 was, the last time I flew it it was a 747. (I married a woman from Shanghai, I'm definitely familiar with UA857 and the return flight UA858.)

wingnut396: Because they don't really want to hand out the vouchers. They keep you sitting around forever hoping the magical plane fixing fairy will suddenly appear and fix a problem that their maintenance guys are saying they can't fix. So it takes hours before someone in managment realizes that the fairy is not answering their prayers. It is the same reason they kept them on the plane for that long as well.


Yup. There's the usual bureaucratic hope the problem can be avoided. A few years back we got a double mechanical from UA857 (both the bird and their backup bird were broken) and we finally flew 7 hours late. No vouchers ever did show up but we got 10,000 miles out of it.
 
2012-03-21 11:47:19 AM  

Swiss Colony: Deplane? De-farking-plane? What's wrong with 'disembark'? FFS.


You mad, boss?

lordwhatsmymotivation.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-03-21 12:09:17 PM  

wildcardjack: No you wouldn't, you stupid biatch. It's 12 farking degrees in Anchorage right now. You were flying from San Francisco (50's) to Shanghai (50's). You would have killed yourself being a stupid newbie.


They could have rented a car and gone to Girdwood, it was 30-35 depending on what part of Anchorage yesterday, there was glorious melting
 
2012-03-21 12:47:00 PM  
RDU (Raleigh) to LGA (NYC) on American Airlines lists a flight through Minneapolis with a 16 hr layover. It costs $400 more than the nonstop.
 
2012-03-21 12:50:31 PM  

Loren: The plane that finally got them to Shanghai was a 777. It doesn't say what type of plane UA857 was, the last time I flew it it was a 747.


It was a 777-200

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL857/history/20120318/2102Z/KSFO / PANC
 
2012-03-21 12:54:43 PM  
They should be happy they were let off the plane at all. The airline could have just handed out Depends and told the passengers to suck it up for the next 9 hours.
 
2012-03-21 01:28:21 PM  

bikerbob59: ami5000: They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into.

This. As if they should expect service from an airline!

/damn flying buses....


You're right, they should have had the plane with mechanical problems fly over the ocean anyway. Risk killing all on board so that they won't be inconvenienced by a few days in Alaska.
 
2012-03-21 01:30:29 PM  
UNITED AIRLINES:

When you really need to get to the other side of the world... eventually.
 
2012-03-21 02:26:14 PM  
Flew United to Japan in January. Worst flight of my life. Flew JAL back, one of the best. Unless you opt for the "Economy Plus" on United expect to be packed like a sardine, even on the long-haul flights.

The only time in my life I have been truly envious was on that trans-Pacific flight, watching the First Class folks turn down their beds. 1%
 
2012-03-21 02:59:08 PM  
I was under the impression flight attendants could do anything.
They should have fixed those toilets pronto.

i.imgur.com

Be a surprise if these flying whabees could fit in them let alone fix them.
 
2012-03-21 03:57:46 PM  

wildcardjack: "If we'd known we'd be here this long, we might have done some sightseeing," said Tammy Harmon of Cupertino, Calif., taking a look at Anchorage's blue skies and snow-covered Chugach Mountains.

No you wouldn't, you stupid biatch. It's 12 farking degrees in Anchorage right now. You were flying from San Francisco (50's) to Shanghai (50's). You would have killed yourself being a stupid newbie.


Oh, I'm sure there were no clothing stores in the airport where they could buy a sweatshirt or coat. God forbid someone might need something in an emergency. After all, this is Anchorage we're speaking of here..
 
2012-03-21 05:40:31 PM  

suid: wildcardjack: "If we'd known we'd be here this long, we might have done some sightseeing," said Tammy Harmon of Cupertino, Calif., taking a look at Anchorage's blue skies and snow-covered Chugach Mountains.

No you wouldn't, you stupid biatch. It's 12 farking degrees in Anchorage right now. You were flying from San Francisco (50's) to Shanghai (50's). You would have killed yourself being a stupid newbie.

Oh, I'm sure there were no clothing stores in the airport where they could buy a sweatshirt or coat. God forbid someone might need something in an emergency. After all, this is Anchorage we're speaking of here..


Yeah. If I found myself with a couple of days stuck in a city I hadn't been in before I certainly would buy a coat if that's what it took to explore it rather than just sit in the hotel room.
 
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