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2012-12-19 01:09:31 PM  
I just did eight flights in just over a week totaling 9,000 miles or so, and by the end I was ready to shove a baby otter into a rusty tree chipper. This guy must buy Xanax by the drum.
 
2012-12-19 01:19:24 PM  
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2012-12-19 01:27:22 PM  
To be fair, it's a bit more entertaining than just getting a bunch of chest x-rays.
 
But the radiation is the same.
 
2012-12-19 01:32:53 PM  
I rent enough cars that I've been invited to an unadvertised rewards program. It's nice to get the best car on the lot, not have to stand in a line, and take 30 seconds to get a car. The Challenger is a nice car and with leather and the SRT V8, it's a nice package. The 300 S is good if you're 60 and the Taurus SEL AWD is a decent ride for a family. Don't drive the Fusion. The Elantra is underrated. Chargers are OK in a pinch but have no visibility.
 
2012-12-19 01:44:35 PM  
Are they currently awaiting the loading of their compliment of small, lemon-soaked paper napkins for his comfort, refreshment, and hygiene during the flight?
 
2012-12-19 01:49:33 PM  
At least he got out of the cab.
 
2012-12-19 02:30:01 PM  
The feat comes about a year-and-a-half after the carrier threw him a party for earning 10 million miles in flight 
 
 
10 Million miles huh?  That should have just moved him from Silver-Elite to Gold.
 
2012-12-19 03:20:16 PM  
Accumulating so many miles offers serious perks, of course. Stuker usually flies first class and is a member of United's Global Services, an invitation-only program that offers "certain unpublished benefits," 
 
Handie from the captain?
 
2012-12-19 03:22:15 PM  
Are they waiting for small, lemon-soaked paper napkins before they can take off?
 
2012-12-19 03:24:02 PM  
FTA: Granted, I fly first class - I don't think I could have done it in coach.
 
2012-12-19 03:25:36 PM  
I wonder what that seat cushion smelled like.
 
2012-12-19 03:26:07 PM  
Wow, they really name a plane after you!

snarkysmachine.files.wordpress.com

Did he meet the Head Pilot?

www.ausbt.com.au
 
2012-12-19 03:26:52 PM  
Really? its come to this? An "airline passenger" show?  ffs. We have truly run out of ideas.
 
2012-12-19 03:27:02 PM  

tricycleracer: Accumulating so many miles offers serious perks, of course. Stuker usually flies first class and is a member of United's Global Services, an invitation-only program that offers "certain unpublished benefits," 
 
Handie from the captain?

 
I was thinking more along the lines of he gets to fly the plane while banging a stewardess.
 
2012-12-19 03:27:22 PM  

tricycleracer: Accumulating so many miles offers serious perks, of course. Stuker usually flies first class and is a member of United's Global Services, an invitation-only program that offers "certain unpublished benefits," 
 
Handie from the captain?


Happy Ending with every massage. Even from the male flight attendants.
 
2012-12-19 03:27:53 PM  
Still better than honey boo boo.
 
2012-12-19 03:30:14 PM  
On United?!

Guy is a masochist.
 
2012-12-19 03:30:17 PM  

SmackLT: To be fair, it's a bit more entertaining than just getting a bunch of chest x-rays.
 
But the radiation is the same.


According to XKCD, a chest x-ray is 20 microsievert, a flight from LA to NYC is 40 microsieverts.
 
2012-12-19 03:31:03 PM  
If my math is even close, that is roughly a 3,000 mile cross country flight 9 out of every 10 days.  I'm guessing he has 1,000,000 frequent flier miles, not 1,000,000 miles in flight, racking up double miles here and there and getting credit card miles, etc.  Still, the guy clearly flies a lot.
 
2012-12-19 03:31:42 PM  
I bet he gets a second bag of peanuts.
 
2012-12-19 03:32:16 PM  
Please tell me this rock bottom.
 
2012-12-19 03:32:25 PM  

ChipNASA: I wonder what that seat cushion smelled like.


vodka, peepee, and shame.
 
2012-12-19 03:32:56 PM  
That's a LOT of solar radiation.
 
2012-12-19 03:33:35 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I just did eight flights in just over a week totaling 9,000 miles or so, and by the end I was ready to shove a baby otter into a rusty tree chipper. This guy must buy Xanax by the drum.


The article mentions several times that he only flies first class. It really does make a difference.
 
2012-12-19 03:33:48 PM  

Eurotrip: That's a LOT of solar radiation.


So you're saying he's radical?
 
2012-12-19 03:34:55 PM  
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I bet they let him smoke on planes.
 
2012-12-19 03:35:06 PM  
Always flies first-class, flies hundreds of thousands of miles a year, presumably paid for by his clients (or whatever car company he works for...). This is an extreme example, but it's one reason why consumer goods like cars cost so farking much.
 
2012-12-19 03:37:11 PM  
maybe we'll get lucky and see the episode where he dies from a lower leg thrombosis....."Now DAT'S how ya get da ratings!"
 
2012-12-19 03:37:44 PM  
Grapple:
Happy Ending with every massage. Even Especially from the male flight attendants.

FTFY
 
2012-12-19 03:39:32 PM  
"Sittin' around, waiting for an airplane
Don't know how to fly, but that's okay
Got me a pilot, she's going my way
If she's got wings, if she's got wings..."
 
2012-12-19 03:39:35 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: If my math is even close, that is roughly a 3,000 mile cross country flight 9 out of every 10 days.  I'm guessing he has 1,000,000 frequent flier miles, not 1,000,000 miles in flight, racking up double miles here and there and getting credit card miles, etc.  Still, the guy clearly flies a lot.


Quote attribution was a little janky in the article, but it implied he was flying to and from Australia frequently for his work. That'd make it add up quickly. I fly to Korea a few times a year, and that is good for about 13,600 miles round trip. Still, you do that round trip once a week, for a whole year, it's not enough for 1 million. Must have double miles like you say.
 
2012-12-19 03:39:53 PM  
Could someone please tell him about Skype?

My ex-boss loved being a Gold level frequent flyer so much he flew from Boston to a trade show in the mid west and back again the same day just for the miles. Time spent at the show? About an hour. Time spent talking to customers? Zero.
 
2012-12-19 03:40:32 PM  
Accumulating so many miles offers serious perks, of course. Stuker usually flies first class and is a member of United's Global Services, an invitation-only program that offers "certain unpublished benefits," said Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman for the airline.

Anal?
 
2012-12-19 03:43:23 PM  

Flakeloaf: Still better than honey boo boo.



A root canal without anasthetic with a rusty hand drill would be better than honey boo boo.
 
2012-12-19 03:43:31 PM  

Sudlow: Could someone please tell him about Skype?

My ex-boss loved being a Gold level frequent flyer so much he flew from Boston to a trade show in the mid west and back again the same day just for the miles. Time spent at the show? About an hour. Time spent talking to customers? Zero.


Government worker?
 
2012-12-19 03:43:32 PM  
I'll bet his arms are tired . . .
 
2012-12-19 03:45:01 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I just did eight flights in just over a week totaling 9,000 miles or so, and by the end I was ready to shove a baby otter into a rusty tree chipper. This guy must buy Xanax by the drum.



Just passing through security makes me feel that way.

/now where did I put that baby otter?
 
2012-12-19 03:45:07 PM  

lennavan: Accumulating so many miles offers serious perks, of course. Stuker usually flies first class and is a member of United's Global Services, an invitation-only program that offers "certain unpublished benefits," said Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman for the airline.

Anal?


I bet he just gets free food and other amenities and its impossible for him to get bumped. I'm certain if some people knew, people would get all pissy over nothing.
 
2012-12-19 03:46:54 PM  
For the love of God, why?
 
2012-12-19 03:47:53 PM  
Ya know, I'd actually watch a reality TV show where airline CEOs had to sit in/work from an economy class seat, 8 hours a day for a month. They could make a thing about spinning a wheel/picking names to see who his seatmates will be that day.
 
2012-12-19 03:49:15 PM  
They didn't pick US Airways because the show's premise involves the plane actually leaving the airport.
 
2012-12-19 03:49:31 PM  
My ex-boss loved being a Gold level frequent flyer so much he flew from Boston to a trade show in the mid west and back again the same day just for the miles. Time spent at the show? About an hour. Time spent talking to customers? Zero.

Government worker?


Government workers have customers?
I find it amusing when people think that businesses are run SO much more efficiently than government.
 
2012-12-19 03:51:59 PM  
Meanwhile my boss hit 10 million miles on American and they sent him a plastic model of a 747.
 
2012-12-19 03:54:19 PM  
Here come the men in suitsPapers waving in the runway glareLincoln steaming in the chilly air of the morningAt the end of a double dayAt the back of an airport loungeI'm staring down into the coldAnd I'm worn out like a clothAnd I'm flying North again tonight 
 
2012-12-19 03:54:35 PM  

Sudlow: Could someone please tell him about Skype?

My ex-boss loved being a Gold level frequent flyer so much he flew from Boston to a trade show in the mid west and back again the same day just for the miles. Time spent at the show? About an hour. Time spent talking to customers? Zero.


This isn't that uncommon. My wife has done that in the past (through her job) because you save a good deal of money on luggage and get better rates sometimes when you hit those flyers clubs. Its nice flying with her because we always get to board first and luggage is all free.
 
2012-12-19 03:54:54 PM  
Stupid formatting. Looked good in preview.
 
2012-12-19 03:56:21 PM  
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2012-12-19 03:57:41 PM  
I work with people who brag about how much they fly and how they are Super Platinum Titanium Flyers. I usually zone out when they describe it.

I just tell them I never want to have to fly that much. It sounds like a terrible life.
 
2012-12-19 03:58:15 PM  

buckler: Stupid formatting. Looked good in preview.



WYSIAWYG
 
2012-12-19 03:59:36 PM  

occamswrist: I work with people who brag about how much they fly and how they are Super Platinum Titanium Flyers. I usually zone out when they describe it.

I just tell them I never want to have to fly that much. It sounds like a terrible life.


THIS

I hate, hate hate traveling for business. Going through the bshiate of airports, rude people, sick people, loud kids, drunk retards and terrible movies is nothing to brag about.
 
2012-12-19 04:01:25 PM  

NotARocketScientist: My ex-boss loved being a Gold level frequent flyer so much he flew from Boston to a trade show in the mid west and back again the same day just for the miles. Time spent at the show? About an hour. Time spent talking to customers? Zero.

Government worker?

Government workers have customers?
I find it amusing when people think that businesses are run SO much more efficiently than government.



Yes.  Next question.
 
2012-12-19 04:02:29 PM  
Sounds like a recipe for insanity. There is not much I hate more than being crammed in a what is essentially jail with a bunch of people. I do like flying but I will never enjoy it without my own plane.
 
2012-12-19 04:03:38 PM  
Well this headline immediately made me think of someone, Frank Abagnale Jr.

I'd like to see him come on TV with his own reality show and a throwback to his years of trickery and escape. No camera crews allowed while he is trying to gain access to a place though, he'd have to wear a pin hole camera on his glasses or something and you'd only view it in first person. I'm sure if he had a crew following him around it would take away from conning his way into somewhere.

/well maybe it's not a good idea but it sounds good in my head
//I'm interested in security and security flaws, however I'm not willing to go out of my way to actually try and test them.
 
2012-12-19 04:03:49 PM  

NotARocketScientist: Government workers have customers?


I'm working off a government grant to find a cure for cancer. So no, I don't have any customers, no one wants that.
 
2012-12-19 04:04:09 PM  

NotARocketScientist: My ex-boss loved being a Gold level frequent flyer so much he flew from Boston to a trade show in the mid west and back again the same day just for the miles. Time spent at the show? About an hour. Time spent talking to customers? Zero.

Government worker?

Government workers have customers?
I find it amusing when people think that businesses are run SO much more efficiently than government.


Hang on.... I work for the government. We call those organizations that we support "customers," since they give us money. Until recently, going on travel was encouraged, until the GSA went off the rails and hired clowns and shiat for a conference.
 
2012-12-19 04:12:05 PM  
hasn't this been done already?

soefeeah.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-19 04:12:06 PM  

litespeed74: occamswrist: I work with people who brag about how much they fly and how they are Super Platinum Titanium Flyers. I usually zone out when they describe it.

I just tell them I never want to have to fly that much. It sounds like a terrible life.

THIS

I hate, hate hate traveling for business. Going through the bshiate of airports, rude people, sick people, loud kids, drunk retards and terrible movies is nothing to brag about.


I agree. Airplane rides and security aren't nearly as glamorous and exciting as the movie "Airplane" make them out to be.

Sitting in my seat watching other travelers walk down the aisle and all I can think is:

"Please don't sit next to me"
"Please don't sit next to me"
"OK you wouldn't be too bad"
"Please don't sit next to me"
"Ah fark!"
 
2012-12-19 04:12:53 PM  
Hope he took the good health insurance.
Those 'roids are gonna need some work.
 
2012-12-19 04:14:21 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: Really? its come to this? An "airline passenger" show?  ffs. We have truly run out of ideas.


Five years ago I cancelled my cable completely because I came across a show called Sun Tan or something like that. It was two blonde air heads working in a tanning salon in Beverly Hills.

I had the same reaction to it as you had to this. "Really? A show about a tanning salon in Beverly Hills"? I knew tv had completely jumped the shark.
 
2012-12-19 04:27:19 PM  

jtown: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I just did eight flights in just over a week totaling 9,000 miles or so, and by the end I was ready to shove a baby otter into a rusty tree chipper. This guy must buy Xanax by the drum.

The article mentions several times that he only flies first class. It really does make a difference.



I was First Class on three legs, Business on the rest. While I totally agree with you that First is way better -- even domestic First -- by the time I got home I still was ready to give the dolphin tank a vigorous chainsawing. Appropriately enough the actual physical flights themselves were not that horrendous, but the weapons-grade ass ache that is the entire flying process from door to door had done me in.
 
2012-12-19 04:27:45 PM  
A: One of the reality TV producers who knows how much I fly said they could do a documentary about me flying for 30 days straight on a plane. I said that would be interesting. 
 
About as interesting as cold buttered toast.
 
I'm very comfortable flying. Granted, I fly first class - I don't think I could have done it in coach.
 
Elitest Pr**k - 'Cmon back here and grind it out with the rest of the real world
 
A: In 7,000 flights, I've never had the oxygen masks come down, I've never had an emergency landing.
 
Well Sid, you're in for a treat.  like that bit in Sin City - "the screaming the beatings the murders  .  .  . " 
 
A: I don't know. I've never paid attention to see if I was actually on that plane or not.
 
False humilty can't make up for the fact that you're a used car salesman
 
 
Re-reading that, I see I haven't lost my chops
 
2012-12-19 04:32:14 PM  
I guess he doesn't want to get caught up in any of that funky shiat goin' down in the city
 
2012-12-19 04:33:12 PM  
Well, we've already had a blogger living at an airport for 80 days so this seems like the next logical step.
 
2012-12-19 04:41:56 PM  
Ted Striker?
www.undershirtguy.com
Was he over Macho Grande?
 
2012-12-19 04:44:09 PM  

silverjets: Bit'O'Gristle: Really? its come to this? An "airline passenger" show?  ffs. We have truly run out of ideas.

Five years ago I cancelled my cable completely because I came across a show called Sun Tan or something like that. It was two blonde air heads working in a tanning salon in Beverly Hills.

I had the same reaction to it as you had to this. "Really? A show about a tanning salon in Beverly Hills"? I knew tv had completely jumped the shark.



You guys should have been here when cable first started.
Lack of programing led to some strange stuff on.
One high spot was the aerobic girls. Hours on a turntable, thrusting pelvi, crappy elevator music, neck to ankle leotards made of wool.
 
There is no shark left these days.
 
2012-12-19 04:49:43 PM  

litespeed74: occamswrist: I work with people who brag about how much they fly and how they are Super Platinum Titanium Flyers. I usually zone out when they describe it.

I just tell them I never want to have to fly that much. It sounds like a terrible life.

THIS

I hate, hate hate traveling for business. Going through the bshiate of airports, rude people, sick people, loud kids, drunk retards and terrible movies is nothing to brag about.



I used to think business travel meant I'd be rolling in outta town pussy. Turns out the hot, single women are not out at the bar on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
 
2012-12-19 04:52:12 PM  
Wow, he flies almost as much as a flight crew.

True, he flies a lot. Not exactly super-human, though. There are thousands of airline employees who fly similar amounts, if not more, for many years.

/just saying...
 
2012-12-19 04:54:43 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I just did eight flights in just over a week totaling 9,000 miles or so, and by the end I was ready to shove a baby otter into a rusty tree chipper. This guy must buy Xanax by the drum.


Jebus Crisco, my brian balks at what you said. WTH line of work are you in? (shudder). But more lottery tickets ...
 
2012-12-19 05:03:24 PM  

MythDragon: Ted Striker?

Was he over Macho Grande?


60+ posts before the first Airplane! Reference? Surely you farkers can do better than that.
 
2012-12-19 05:14:46 PM  

vodka: Sounds like a recipe for insanity. There is not much I hate more than being crammed in a what is essentially jail with a bunch of people. I do like flying but I will never enjoy it without my own plane.


I don't know how often you fly and I don't know how often you fly first class but let me tell you those are two ENTIRELY different experiences. Add frequent-flyer perks like private lounges and you have what is essentially a very pleasant traveling experience.

Go the extra mile and register / pay to get fast-tracked through security quickly and you live in a whole new world. You'll find that you can even see why some people don't think there is anything at all wrong with modern air travel or security in the US.
 
2012-12-19 05:28:23 PM  

viscountalpha: lennavan: Accumulating so many miles offers serious perks, of course. Stuker usually flies first class and is a member of United's Global Services, an invitation-only program that offers "certain unpublished benefits," said Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman for the airline.

Anal?

I bet he just gets free food and other amenities and its impossible for him to get bumped. I'm certain if some people knew, people would get all pissy over nothing.


Mostly that, but they'll also usually have a car service pick you up for your flights you can bump someone off a flight that's full if you simply request it, no blackouts on miles, immediate upgrades at time of purchase private phone number with a desk that only deals with those members. There have even been stories that if a passenger gets stranded somewhere due to a delay and needs to make a connector the airline will hire a private jet to get you to your next flight if they can manage it in time. Basically the money all this stuff costs is much much less than the money they make on 10 million miles worth of business class tickets.
 
2012-12-19 05:29:00 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: If my math is even close, that is roughly a 3,000 mile cross country flight 9 out of every 10 days.  I'm guessing he has 1,000,000 frequent flier miles, not 1,000,000 miles in flight, racking up double miles here and there and getting credit card miles, etc.  Still, the guy clearly flies a lot.



I believe he actually flew a million butt in seat miles this past year.  The guy posts regularly on Flyertalk as ua1flyer, and there's a long thread on him.  You can read his description of this past year here.
 
For what it's worth earning 1,000,000 redeemable miles isn't actually that hard if you are flying a lot internationally and have one of the credit cards that gives you a multiplier for purchases made on the airline website.  Earning 1,000,000 elite qualifying miles is far harder, as United has run almost no double or triple EQM promotions in 2012.
 
/"only" flew 27 segments on UA by August this year (none after).
 
2012-12-19 06:14:43 PM  
i192.photobucket.com
DOES THIS MAN KNOW HOW HUGE HIS CARBON FOOTPRINT IS?!
 
2012-12-19 07:06:25 PM  

A Shambling Mound: Meanwhile my boss hit 10 million miles on American and they sent him a plastic model of a 747.


You get one on your first flight if the pilot likes you.
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-19 07:19:32 PM  

Hagbardr: MythDragon: Ted Striker?

Was he over Macho Grande?

60+ posts before the first Airplane! Reference? Surely you farkers can do better than that.


My post #57 referenced Airplane. So we did.
 
2012-12-19 07:38:54 PM  

Thisbymaster: Please tell me this rock bottom.


Nope. But this is starting to scratch the surface of the Japanese level, so rock bottom is coming up fast.
 
2012-12-19 07:39:12 PM  
1,000,000 air miles at an average airspeed of 550kt = 75 24hour days.


Longest flight for me was NY-Singapore & back 18+ hours block to block with Singapore Air.

3 aircrews, only 100 "seats" on the A-340 which were like 8 x 2.5' playpens with seats that made into a flat bed.

the whole plane business class. Cost the company $6k round trip.

Yes you can sleep, you can eat, BUT YOU CANNOT GET OUT!
About 10-12 hours into the flight thought about it, looked at the where the hell am I screen, saw we were over Afghanistan and went to the lavatory for the nth time
Drinking would kill you. Seriously. 18 hours, open bar and you'd best not get into it.

4 meals I think but you can get anything they have anytime you want.

Oddest thing was passengers cleared customs before the crew who have to get their bags opened and searched for contraband.

Interesting tidbit - the plane always flies EAST - the rotation of the earth and the easterly jet streams make the flight possible

When you arrive this is the 1st thing you see: 

www.executedtoday.com
 
2012-12-20 11:00:16 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: If my math is even close, that is roughly a 3,000 mile cross country flight 9 out of every 10 days.  I'm guessing he has 1,000,000 frequent flier miles, not 1,000,000 miles in flight, racking up double miles here and there and getting credit card miles, etc.  Still, the guy clearly flies a lot.


From JFK to SYD (Sydney, Australia) via LAX in first class gets you a hair under 30,000 medallion qualification miles.  That flight gets me 21,156 medallion miles for the round trip and takes a full 24 hours from takeoff to arrival.  Add in 1.5 hours of airport time at the start of each half of the round trip, and that comes to 51 hours travel time per round trip.  It would take 34 round trips to surpass 1,000,000 MQMs.  That would be 1,734 hours (72 days) spent in airports & on planes....that's about 20% of the entire year spent getting there/back.  Wow.
 
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