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(NYC Aviation)   Broke family flying standby stuck at airport for a week until rescued by a different airline needing a PR boost   (nycaviation.com) divider line 32
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2012-08-22 10:12:17 PM  
4 votes:

doglover: haemaker: doglover: I like how the article assumes we all know what a buddy pass is or give a rat's ass about the family's shower status.

I believe a blog named "NYC Aviation" can make some assumptions about it's own readership.

This is the internet. The only thing you can assume safely is Rule 34.


And I for one am not farking my buddy pass.
2012-08-22 10:29:07 PM  
3 votes:

Too_many_Brians: As a person that just got bumped from a flight and will be spending the night in Dulles International, i find this amusing.

If i only did what i could afford and was responsible, i would have swallowed a bullet long ago.


Pro-tip: Bullets don't work if you swallow them.
2012-08-22 10:18:25 PM  
3 votes:

jaytkay: Coco LaFemme: So that's extra irresponsible to drag your kids around, forcing them to sleep in an airport for a week.

Cuz "you will sleep in an airport for a week" was stamped on their tickets in REAL BIG LETTERS.


I'M AN AMERICAN!! ITS MY RIGHT TO MAKE STUPID FINANCIAL DECISIONS THAT COME BACK TO BITE ME IN THE ASS!!
2012-08-23 11:49:22 AM  
2 votes:

Galemp: Has nobody else noticed that the dad's name is Curtis Saxton? Think it's the same guy?


Yeah, probably. He's "working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London." who wrote his thesis on "stability analysis, applied to the thermal instabilities of accretion shocks on magnetic white dwarfs".

So yeah, totally sounds like the same guy.
2012-08-22 11:28:46 PM  
2 votes:
TFA says United gave this family free rides, but the original story at ABC 4 says viewers bought tickets for the family.

My faith in United's inhumanity is restored. Whew!
2012-08-22 10:46:30 PM  
2 votes:

Selector: MrHappyRotter: As long as this family is adequately chastised and marginalized for being poor and taking their friend up on an opportunity to do something they never would have been able to afford otherwise, I can fall asleep happy and dream peacefully tonight.

Who goes on a trip without even like an emergency $100 for a night in a hotel room?? Do these people exist??


I know, right. I always make sure to have enough cash and gold bouillon with me at all times to cover my basic necessities and living expenses over a freakishly long and entirely unexpected duration of time.
2012-08-22 07:27:23 PM  
2 votes:
if only they were the zaxxon family
2012-08-23 06:35:03 AM  
1 votes:
3.bp.blogspot.com
2012-08-23 01:00:05 AM  
1 votes:
Something tells me this family buys a lot of lottery tickets.
2012-08-23 12:18:49 AM  
1 votes:

jaytkay: You might even work for a living, thanks to the graduate education Mums and Poppa funded.


You know, just because someone went to college doesn't mean their parents paid for it. See, there is this thing called loans, perhaps you should look into it if you want to better yourself but can't afford it currently.
2012-08-22 11:30:13 PM  
1 votes:

MrHappyRotter: Selector: MrHappyRotter: As long as this family is adequately chastised and marginalized for being poor and taking their friend up on an opportunity to do something they never would have been able to afford otherwise, I can fall asleep happy and dream peacefully tonight.

Who goes on a trip without even like an emergency $100 for a night in a hotel room?? Do these people exist??

I know, right. I always make sure to have enough cash and gold bouillon with me at all times to cover my basic necessities and living expenses over a freakishly long and entirely unexpected duration of time.



static.caloriecount.about.com

Chicken-flavored?
2012-08-22 11:27:01 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA:
"The Saxton family was stranded at Salt Lake City International Airport for six days.
According to the local ABC affiliate, the Saxons got there last Wednesday night and didn't leave until Tuesday. Weather was great. Flights were going in and out on schedule. But the Saxtons ..."


Are we sure that they just didn't have the wrong name on their boarding passes?
2012-08-22 11:24:14 PM  
1 votes:

Selector: I knew some moron would say this, forgetting the fact that the family left for vacation WITH NO RESOURCES WHATSOEVER, be it $100 or $5000.


They left for vacation without the $6000 necessary to buy four "fly me today!" replacement tickets when they already had tickets home!!

This will be highly amusing to you and your friends at your next dressage meet-up.
2012-08-22 11:16:14 PM  
1 votes:
Man, that must suck. Being stuck in the Salt Lake City airport for almost a week.

Taking a vacation in August with only buddy passes and not enough money to buy tickets, just incase you might need to get home faster than there will be an opening, that's just retarded. Only being able to eat one meal a day and stuck in the middle of of a city dominated by Mormoms is a punishment that clearly fits the crime.
2012-08-22 11:11:30 PM  
1 votes:
I don't remember if all this stuff is supposed to be secret... but, it's the internet, it's anonymous, right?

my dad was a pilot for an airline... I've flown non-revenue stand-by my whole life. you just learn to deal with things like the uncertainty of existence.

people say, when are you coming in? I say... I'll let you know if... then when, I'm coming in.

honestly, you check the flight status religiously, and don't even attempt any flights that involve full or overbooked flights... unless you particularly like sleeping in airports. or, you talk to the gate people, and say, where else could i fly to get somewhere close... or, are there alternative, more longwinded routes?

sometimes i get first class, sometimes i don't get on the flight. the suspense makes it all a little more exciting... when it works. otherwise, it's like losing a chess match with someone better than you... you just suck it up and learn your lesson and swear to yourself, never again... i'm going to pay for a ticket for the rest of my life... but you never do, that roulette game just keeps calling you back.

/ these people, stuck for almost a week, made same errors. it was clear from the article that they didn't know the game. first of all, start sending people individually. they needed four seats and had kids. ok, send two at a time. fark, send one at a time. send mom first, then a kid, so mom can pick it up, and so on. there's no way in 6 days they couldn't have gotten out if they tried. even some overbooked flights have seats become available.
// second, try an alternate route. if it's full going where you want to go, go somewhere else, find another in. they should have talked to the gate agent. these people actually know a lot about air travel. be nice to them and they will help you out. my wife, a complete novice in this form of travel, was able to navigate around the country in order to get to a family wedding in prime travel season, just be talking to gate agents and saying, my husband normally does this stuff, and I have no idea what to do. I watched her itinerary unfold online and thought, wtf, when did she become a wizard? that's what I would have told her to do. so, for a while, i thought we had a psychic bond... until she told me it was all the gate agent.
2012-08-22 10:49:35 PM  
1 votes:

MrHappyRotter: Selector: MrHappyRotter: As long as this family is adequately chastised and marginalized for being poor and taking their friend up on an opportunity to do something they never would have been able to afford otherwise, I can fall asleep happy and dream peacefully tonight.

Who goes on a trip without even like an emergency $100 for a night in a hotel room?? Do these people exist??

I know, right. I always make sure to have enough cash and gold bouillon with me at all times to cover my basic necessities and living expenses over a freakishly long and entirely unexpected duration of time.


Yeah, because who entertains the notion that things might not go exactly as planned and that you might have to have some alternative means of subsistence, especially when small children are involved??

/dumbass
2012-08-22 10:48:20 PM  
1 votes:
images.starpulse.com
2012-08-22 10:45:13 PM  
1 votes:

Coco LaFemme: If you can't afford to do something, don't do it. The boyfriend and I wanted to get up to NYC a couple of months ago to see some of his family, but we didn't have the money. So we stayed home. That's what responsible people do, and we don't even have any kids. It's just us. So that's extra irresponsible to drag your kids around, forcing them to sleep in an airport for a week.


But I need a new smart phone. To... uh... apply for jobs and stuff.
2012-08-22 10:32:09 PM  
1 votes:
As long as this family is adequately chastised and marginalized for being poor and taking their friend up on an opportunity to do something they never would have been able to afford otherwise, I can fall asleep happy and dream peacefully tonight.
2012-08-22 10:29:18 PM  
1 votes:

doglover: I like how the article assumes we all know what a buddy pass is or give a rat's ass about the family's shower status.


I'm guessing the people who finally ended up sitting next to them on their flight home cared about their shower status.
2012-08-22 10:26:18 PM  
1 votes:

doglover: I like how the article assumes we all know what a buddy pass is or give a rat's ass about the family's shower status.


If I'd been flying United you know damn well who they'd be sitting next to.

Oh and I didn't read the whole thing but - are they getting home the same way? Camping @ gate 3?
2012-08-22 10:25:38 PM  
1 votes:
I think I saw this episode of "Yes, Dear".
2012-08-22 10:22:32 PM  
1 votes:

SpikeStrip: [i780.photobucket.com image 591x376]


yeesh.


We can't afford tickets but my kid is wearing my 300 dollar sun glasses.

POS father, right there!
2012-08-22 10:21:25 PM  
1 votes:

jaytkay: eggrolls: Even money they could have go home in shifts. Mom & son on flight one, dad & daughter on flight two within twenty-four hours. Heck, even the 13yr old could have flown as an unaccompanied minor.

With a week of sleeping on airport floors and lack of food and nothing better to do I would guess they kinda investigated all possible strategies for getting home.


I think you are over estimating their intelligence.
2012-08-22 10:18:40 PM  
1 votes:
That's why we flew business class on our last trip.
2012-08-22 10:16:02 PM  
1 votes:
As a person that just got bumped from a flight and will be spending the night in Dulles International, i find this amusing.

If i only did what i could afford and was responsible, i would have swallowed a bullet long ago.
2012-08-22 10:15:59 PM  
1 votes:
I expect to see a Consumerist article any day now.
2012-08-22 10:14:17 PM  
1 votes:

Coco LaFemme: So that's extra irresponsible to drag your kids around, forcing them to sleep in an airport for a week.


Cuz "you will sleep in an airport for a week" was stamped on their tickets in REAL BIG LETTERS.
2012-08-22 10:12:02 PM  
1 votes:

Barfmaker: Coco LaFemme: If you can't afford to do something, don't do it. The boyfriend and I wanted to get up to NYC a couple of months ago to see some of his family, but we didn't have the money. So we stayed home. That's what responsible people do, and we don't even have any kids. It's just us. So that's extra irresponsible to drag your kids around, forcing them to sleep in an airport for a week.

Thanks for the life tip there, I'm sure they aspire to be as great as you someday.


To have a modicum of common sense and fiscal responsibility??


/you sound poor
2012-08-22 10:05:44 PM  
1 votes:

haemaker: doglover: I like how the article assumes we all know what a buddy pass is or give a rat's ass about the family's shower status.

I believe a blog named "NYC Aviation" can make some assumptions about it's own readership.


This is the internet. The only thing you can assume safely is Rule 34.
2012-08-22 09:51:00 PM  
1 votes:

Coco LaFemme: If you can't afford to do something, don't do it. The boyfriend and I wanted to get up to NYC a couple of months ago to see some of his family, but we didn't have the money. So we stayed home. That's what responsible people do, and we don't even have any kids. It's just us. So that's extra irresponsible to drag your kids around, forcing them to sleep in an airport for a week.


Thanks for the life tip there, I'm sure they aspire to be as great as you someday.
2012-08-22 07:06:04 PM  
1 votes:
Good grief.
 
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