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(Photography Is Not A Crime)   Reporter nearing 950,000 flown miles on United photographs his seat back. United throws him off plane, breaks his guitar   (photographyisnotacrime.com) divider line 98
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2013-02-21 09:58:22 AM  
Strange. Usually you have to fly Delta to get service like that.
 
2013-02-21 10:06:23 AM  
This is bullsh*t. It says you can take pictures on the plane but not of any other person or any United equipment. Wouldn't that make it a bit hard to take ANY photographs on the plane? The carpet is their equipment, the seats are their equipment, the windows are their equipment. Like the article states they clearly put this in place after someone photographed the name tag of a flight attendant who had been rude.
 
2013-02-21 10:11:25 AM  
I would be curious if this policy is part of the T&C of buying a ticket.
 
2013-02-21 10:11:40 AM  
United has not been contacted yet, but I will send them a copy of this story.

I see the important thing is not to contact United about his experience, but write on his crappy blog first -- or does he need 1 million Facebook 'likes' before United will respond to his complaint?
 
2013-02-21 10:13:22 AM  
You'd think with that many miles flown, he might have familiarized himself with their rules.
 
2013-02-21 11:22:17 AM  
Why would they have a policy like this in place?  I am failing to see the logic as to why this policy even exists.
 
2013-02-21 11:28:02 AM  

unlikely: Strange. Usually you have to fly Delta to get service like that.


... and we're done
 
2013-02-21 11:28:54 AM  
950,000 miles!?!?

WTF was he flying to???
 
2013-02-21 11:28:58 AM  

Endive Wombat: Why would they have a policy like this in place?  I am failing to see the logic as to why this policy even exists.


Because if the terrorists knew what kinds of seats United uses, they will know how to maximize the damage on their bombs.

/or something.
 
2013-02-21 11:31:04 AM  
Is taking a picture of your wang in the bathroom still ok?
 
2013-02-21 11:31:04 AM  

Endive Wombat: Why would they have a policy like this in place?  I am failing to see the logic as to why this policy even exists.


It's right there in the article - someone took a picture of a b*tch flight attendant's nametag, so United's solution is to ban picture taking.

After this incident, I suspect they'll take the next logical step and start confiscating cameras and phones as soon as you board the plane.
 
2013-02-21 11:32:27 AM  

SpdrJay: 950,000 miles!?!?

WTF was he flying to???


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-21 11:32:55 AM  
There may be good reasons that people board commercial airliners, but I can't think of any.
 
2013-02-21 11:33:18 AM  
I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob. Who's with me?
 
2013-02-21 11:34:27 AM  

Frankenstorm: I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob. Who's with me?


Where we going?
 
2013-02-21 11:34:40 AM  

Frankenstorm: I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob. Who's with me?


I'm in.
 
2013-02-21 11:35:26 AM  

Frankenstorm


I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob.


Not sure if intentional. If so, well done.


Because cameras have flashes, you see.
 
2013-02-21 11:35:37 AM  

Endive Wombat: Why would they have a policy like this in place?  I am failing to see the logic as to why this policy even exists.


Because terrorism
 
2013-02-21 11:35:40 AM  

Walker: Frankenstorm: I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob. Who's with me?

I'm in.


Take more pictures than a 1980s Japanese tourist.
 
2013-02-21 11:35:55 AM  
Comprehension fail.
They didn't break his guitar, subby.
 
2013-02-21 11:36:06 AM  
Everyone knows the first rule of United Club is that you don't take pictures of or talk about United Club.
 
2013-02-21 11:38:54 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Comprehension fail.
They didn't break his guitar, subby.


thatsthejoke.jpg
 
2013-02-21 11:38:58 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Frankenstorm

I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob.


Not sure if intentional. If so, well done.


Because cameras have flashes, you see.


Oh, I know what I was doing :)
 
2013-02-21 11:41:07 AM  

Donnchadha: United has not been contacted yet, but I will send them a copy of this story.

I see the important thing is not to contact United about his experience, but write on his crappy blog first -- or does he need 1 million Facebook 'likes' before United will respond to his complaint?


There are plenty of examples to support the belief that companies handle a single customer complaint letter and Internet Rage about a customer's experience in very different ways.
 
2013-02-21 11:41:38 AM  

SpdrJay: 950,000 miles!?!?

WTF was he flying to???


He  just wanted to be that man who'd fly a thousand miles to fall down at 950 doors.
 
Biv
2013-02-21 11:42:06 AM  
Not a reporter, just an internet douche.  Reporters have last names and accountability...well, at least in theory on that last part.
 
2013-02-21 11:42:12 AM  
www.hotflick.net

Did he get a special card at least?
 
2013-02-21 11:42:39 AM  

Endive Wombat: Why would they have a policy like this in place?  I am failing to see the logic as to why this policy even exists.


lot of stores and buildings have similar policies - presumably to protect what they think are unique design elements or something like that.

old link about Apple not allowing photos in their store
 
2013-02-21 11:43:00 AM  

Minarets: Because terrorism


Keep farking that chicken.
It's all about stripping rights, and empowering the government.
In the end, it's all about fascism, and that, my citizen, is the ultimate terrorism.
 
2013-02-21 11:43:36 AM  
I know most will understand the guitar reference, but if you don't ....

Link
 
2013-02-21 11:44:58 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Comprehension fail.
They didn't break his guitar, subby.


The video is even linked in the article...
 
2013-02-21 11:45:41 AM  
The TV says: Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.

This guy does one million miles a year.  On United.
 
2013-02-21 11:48:21 AM  
Works for a travel blog UPGRD.

Not UPGRDD (For the double dose of pimping)?
 
2013-02-21 11:49:31 AM  
"Please, sir, you must remove your Google Goggles, on the off-chance you may be recording us."

"Please, sir, you must remove that shiny lapel pin, on the off-chance it might be a hidden camera."

"Please, sir, you must strip naked and be encased in a Faraday cage while being bathed in a flood of neutrinos, on the off-chance you might have a recording device undetectable by modern science."

/I wonder how long such measures will keep sneaky pictures out of the hands of the public.
 
2013-02-21 11:50:04 AM  
If you get on a plane, make a big deal about nothing, and start saying stuff like "I'm not a terrorist"... you're doing it wrong.

Just fly like a normal person, and you won't have a problem.
 
2013-02-21 11:50:55 AM  
you know it really kills me that they show the "safety" & "what to do in emergency" video on the screen that is mounted at forehead level and will knock you the fark out in the event of any emergency when your seat belt is only across the waist and you slam forward into said super hard cased plastic screen upon any sudden decrease in velocity or impact of any kind.

farking retards.
 
2013-02-21 11:53:25 AM  

SpdrJay: 950,000 miles!?!?

WTF was he flying to???


That's just a trip and a half to the Lagrange colonies, what with parking orbits and all.
 
2013-02-21 11:55:31 AM  

unlikely: Strange. Usually you have to fly Delta to get service like that.


Over, Over. Roger, Roger.

/WTF is up with the gray-scale font?
 
2013-02-21 11:56:42 AM  
I didn't have a negative opinion of United until I flew them with my family the Saturday before last Thanksgiving   We were flying from Seattle to Austin via San Francisco   I knew when my wife booked it that the layover in San Fran was a bad idea, even less so that it was only 90 minutes, but I figured that it would work out.  though, in the back of my mind, I'm remembering the only other layover I ever had in that city turned into a 12 hour nightmare.

We board the plan in Seattle, the plane pushes back, and the Captain instantly comes on and says that we've been delayed 30 minutes.  Of course, we can't do anything at that point, we're trapped on the flight.  So I turn on the tower communications channel and start listening in.  As the plane is moving, I hear the ATC folks tell the captain to pull off to some holding area and shut down the engines, because we didn't have clearance to take off for another hour.  The crew radios back and asks for clarification, since that's not what they'd been told just minutes before, and they radio back that it's a "Company delay" not at ATC delay, and they can't do anything about it.

Suffice it to say, we miss our connection in San Francisco   I call customer service and they claim that they can't do anything but put me on standby for a flight 9 hours later (which is already full).  They won't check other airlines, but they'll give me a hotel if we can't make that flight.

Fast forward to that evening.  We don't make the flight (there are four of us, including two kids under 10) and I'm now seething in anger, because United has not only been extremely unhelpful, offering to get us into Houston at midnight at one point, and now taken back the promise of a hotel room, claiming that it was weather (the fact that I heard Company Delay is ignored or treated like I'm making it up).  We do manage to convince them to get our bags off the flight (Like a complete moron, I packed my insulin, not wanting to deal with the TSA)

We head down to baggage claim, which is deserted.  We find someone to ask about our bags, and he tells us it might take up to 4 hours to get them.  I have to walk away because I think I'm going to slug him just because I'm so frustrated.  He gets huffy and says, "Hey, why are you so mad?  Isn't United picking up your hotel for the night?"

After telling him they were not, I went and sat against the wall and just banged my head into it.

So, my 90 minute layover turned into about 24 hours, three meals in the wrong city, missing the Grand Prix in Austin (My wifes uncles owns property that boarders the new track, we were supposed to see some of the race) and United giving not a rats ass.

Next time, we fly Alaska, or at least avoid San Francisco International like the plague.
 
2013-02-21 11:59:34 AM  
announce the policy during the pre-flight speech and throw people off who violate it. Putting it in the magazine isn't good enough because no one reads that shiat
 
2013-02-21 12:00:23 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: you know it really kills me that they show the "safety" & "what to do in emergency" video on the screen that is mounted at forehead level and will knock you the fark out in the event of any emergency when your seat belt is only across the waist and you slam forward into said super hard cased plastic screen upon any sudden decrease in velocity or impact of any kind.

farking retards.


When you seat shoves forward and the footrests shear your legs off above the ankle, you won't notice the bump on the head so much.
 
2013-02-21 12:00:49 PM  
"Regular readers know that I am extremely loyal to Untied Airlines, fly them often and almost exclusively, write about them even more often"

/And he's been spelling it wrong "often and almost exclusively", I presume.
 
2013-02-21 12:01:44 PM  
Did his ticket say he had a fat ass also?

/internet rage is misdirected rage.
 
2013-02-21 12:02:13 PM  

kryhme: If you get on a plane, make a big deal about nothing, and start saying stuff like "I'm not a terrorist"... you're doing it wrong.

Just fly like a normal person, and you won't have a problem.


You sound white.
 
2013-02-21 12:02:47 PM  

SpdrJay: 950,000 miles!?!?

WTF was he flying to???


950k lifetime miles is not too hard to hit.  My step father has done it and I'm interviewing for a job that would have me flying 200k+ miles a year....
 
2013-02-21 12:07:33 PM  

skullkrusher: announce the policy during the pre-flight speech and throw people off who violate it. Putting it in the magazine isn't good enough because no one reads that shiat


It's not just in the magazine. It's clearly posted on the bottom of every seat, and inside of every sick bag.
 
2013-02-21 12:10:38 PM  

Eirik: Suffice it to say, we miss our connection in San Francisco


You could have driven there in about 30 hours.
 
2013-02-21 12:25:03 PM  
The only way these jokers will listen is if you stop flying.  Starve the hydra and all the heads die.
 
2013-02-21 12:25:04 PM  
If he got thrown off the flight for it, then probably the flight attendant told him to stop taking pictures, and he kept taking pictures, and insisted that it was his right to do so. If the flight attendant told him to put the camera away and he did, I doubt he would have been thrown off the flight.

Also, it says it only cost him $225 to find another flight from Newark to Istanbul. Booking a same day international flight should probably cost way more than that, so United probably put him on the next flight and the $225 is just a figure that he estimated to bill for extra time he had to spend in the airport or something.
 
2013-02-21 12:27:45 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Frankenstorm

I say we all buy tickets for United flights and just start taking pictures the second we get on the plane. Something like a flash mob.


Not sure if intentional. If so, well done.


Because cameras have flashes, you see.


This morning the Channel 7 "Bus Stop Forecaset" was "Teens"

Pretty sure that wasn't intentional but I was amused.
 
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