If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(NBC News)   Gambling approved for US flights. Two hour delay pays 2-1, missed connection pays 20-1 and 40-1 for a two hour tarmac delay. Lost luggage side bets also pay 20-1 and 40-1. Still no payouts for crying babies and seat kickers   (nbcnews.com) divider line 35
    More: Spiffy  
•       •       •

3432 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Jul 2014 at 12:40 PM (2 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



35 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2014-07-10 11:18:29 AM
Out of the some 400 flights that I've been on in the last couple of years, I can't say that I've ever actually been on a plane that delayed for two hours.  If that's going to happen, they usually end up letting us off, and getting us a different plane.  Which pretty much means just the "missed connection" is what would pay out, but that's only happened to me twice, so if I were paying $25 on each flight, that'd be 400 * 25 = $10,000 for a $1000 payout, plus a handful of the $50 payouts.

This isn't even gambling, at least on gambling, you're pretty much guaranteed a 50 - 99% payback, my personal numbers would show about a 10% payback.  Of course, that's how insurance works, right?
 
2014-07-10 11:23:00 AM
img.fark.net
"I'll take the over, Oveur."

"Roger, Roger."
 
2014-07-10 11:29:39 AM
1. Sign up for policies mentioned in TFA
2. Switch all air travel to American and United
3. Profit!
 
2014-07-10 11:31:58 AM
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-10 11:37:42 AM
Flew from DC to Minneapolis in January.  Everything was looking good for an ontime departure until a snow squall popped up out of nowhere.  Two deicings and three hours later, we took off.  Would have loved some of that insurance action then.
 
2014-07-10 12:42:11 PM
Drunk pilot goes at 2,000-1.
 
2014-07-10 12:43:10 PM

ekdikeo4: Out of the some 400 flights that I've been on in the last couple of years, I can't say that I've ever actually been on a plane that delayed for two hours.  If that's going to happen, they usually end up letting us off, and getting us a different plane.  Which pretty much means just the "missed connection" is what would pay out, but that's only happened to me twice, so if I were paying $25 on each flight, that'd be 400 * 25 = $10,000 for a $1000 payout, plus a handful of the $50 payouts.

This isn't even gambling, at least on gambling, you're pretty much guaranteed a 50 - 99% payback, my personal numbers would show about a 10% payback.  Of course, that's how insurance works, right?


I was told there would be no math.
 
2014-07-10 12:43:19 PM
Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?
 
2014-07-10 12:44:49 PM

doubled99: Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?


Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.
 
2014-07-10 12:49:54 PM

LineNoise: doubled99: Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?

Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.


Heck, I'd even argue that recline needs to be eliminated in Coach altogether. There simply isn't the room to make it usable without being rude.
 
2014-07-10 12:52:10 PM
This is money that stupid people will spend.  I would have liked to have been paid for the night I spent in Newark and O'Hare and I wish Continental hadn't lost my luggage that one time, but they bought me new clothes - I would have spent more if I was sure they were going to pay me, but I didn't and I had to be at work.

But I've flown thousands of miles and it's never been too bad.

I think the worst was when I was told that the airline knew I wouldn't make my connecting flight through Atlanta, but if I didn't board the first leg of my journey they couldn't help me.  They ended up buying me a hotel room in Atlanta.  Fark Atlanta - worst city ever (if you neglect Camden and Detroit and Philadelphia and about a dozen other cities).

That was Delta.  They knew I would be stuck in Atlanta - fark you, Delta.

You weren't ready when I was.  I guess I should give them credit for not making me sleep in the airport, like United and People's Express did.

I've slept in 3 airports....actually, that's not true.  I didn't get any sleep in Newark.  I tried to sleep there.  It just didn't work.
 
2014-07-10 12:55:37 PM

scottydoesntknow: [media.tumblr.com image 492x370]


glad to see this was at least in the top 5 comments in this thread!
 
2014-07-10 12:56:20 PM

gfid: This is money that stupid people will spend.  I would have liked to have been paid for the night I spent in Newark and O'Hare and I wish Continental hadn't lost my luggage that one time, but they bought me new clothes - I would have spent more if I was sure they were going to pay me, but I didn't and I had to be at work.

But I've flown thousands of miles and it's never been too bad.

I think the worst was when I was told that the airline knew I wouldn't make my connecting flight through Atlanta, but if I didn't board the first leg of my journey they couldn't help me.  They ended up buying me a hotel room in Atlanta.  Fark Atlanta - worst city ever (if you neglect Camden and Detroit and Philadelphia and about a dozen other cities).

That was Delta.  They knew I would be stuck in Atlanta - fark you, Delta.

You weren't ready when I was.  I guess I should give them credit for not making me sleep in the airport, like United and People's Express did.

I've slept in 3 airports....actually, that's not true.  I didn't get any sleep in Newark.  I tried to sleep there.  It just didn't work.


I suspect it's actually more worth it to people who don't fly much at all.  If you're not constantly travelling, the risk of a 4 or 5 hour delay to double up $25 might be worth it, but when you do it a couple hundred times a year, the risk/reward part definitely makes it insurance and not gambling.
 
2014-07-10 01:00:20 PM
Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?

Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.



No, it isn't. Not even remotely. It's standard. Always has been.
 
2014-07-10 01:02:59 PM
Depending on how long before the flight you need to purchase the coverage, it should be fairly easy to only buy it when there are going to be obvious weather delays.

Seems that by paying a little attention you should be able to come out ahead pretty easily.
 
2014-07-10 01:04:14 PM
Aw dammit... I was hoping this meant online gambling would be allowed as long as you're on some sort of aircraft.
 
2014-07-10 01:04:38 PM

doubled99: Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?

Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.


No, it isn't. Not even remotely. It's standard. Always has been.


But don't you SEE??? They put the chairs in that recline--but they're not meant to recline. Duh!!!
 
2014-07-10 01:05:24 PM

doubled99: Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?

Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.


No, it isn't. Not even remotely. It's standard. Always has been.


True, but it really shouldn't be.  Recline works great - if we had as much space between rows as we had 25 years ago.
 
2014-07-10 01:06:50 PM
www.exclusivelondon.co.uk

Should get something.
 
2014-07-10 01:08:05 PM

LineNoise: doubled99: Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?

Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.


Generally, I agree with you. But some people (like me) have back problems and need to change positions every now and then to keep from being in pain. Taking a walk up and down the aisle helps, too, but passengers get nervous when you do this these days.

Back in the days before the airlines were deregulated, they were required to cooperate with one another. If an airline over-booked a flight, had one that was going to be delayed for a defined amount of time, had to cancel a flight, etc. they were required to book you on the next available competitor's flight to that destination. The airlines had no trouble with this, since fares were regulated and they got revenue they would not have otherwise. And filling a few more seats on their planes meant that they could operate them more efficiently.
 
2014-07-10 01:09:27 PM

Guelph35: Depending on how long before the flight you need to purchase the coverage, it should be fairly easy to only buy it when there are going to be obvious weather delays.

Seems that by paying a little attention you should be able to come out ahead pretty easily.


I RTFA just before you posted that and it said you have up until an hour and I was thinking the same thing.  I've taken numerous domestic flights, and I think only one or two would have paid anything.  It would be different if it paid out for a late arrival rather than simply departure.
 
2014-07-10 01:21:15 PM

ekdikeo4: I suspect it's actually more worth it to people who don't fly much at all.  If you're not constantly travelling, the risk of a 4 or 5 hour delay to double up $25 might be worth it, but when you do it a couple hundred times a year, the risk/reward part definitely makes it insurance and not gambling.


^^^THIS^^^

I am reminded of PT Barnum ...
 
2014-07-10 01:23:14 PM

LineNoise: doubled99: Crying babies? Do you mean the people whining about others' reclining the seat?

Unless you are flying transcontinental or further, there is no need to recline your seat. Its rude.


And we have our first crying baby. That was fast.
 
2014-07-10 01:26:02 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Heck, I'd even argue that recline needs to be eliminated in Coach altogether. There simply isn't the room to make it usable without being rude.


There's a solution.
 
2014-07-10 01:26:47 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Should get something.


We call that airplane roulette, and he just hit the 00
 
2014-07-10 01:32:16 PM

ekdikeo4: Out of the some 400 flights that I've been on in the last couple of years, I can't say that I've ever actually been on a plane that delayed for two hours.  If that's going to happen, they usually end up letting us off, and getting us a different plane.  Which pretty much means just the "missed connection" is what would pay out, but that's only happened to me twice, so if I were paying $25 on each flight, that'd be 400 * 25 = $10,000 for a $1000 payout, plus a handful of the $50 payouts.

This isn't even gambling, at least on gambling, you're pretty much guaranteed a 50 - 99% payback, my personal numbers would show about a 10% payback.  Of course, that's how insurance works, right?


You seem to have good luck with flights.  It seems like every time I fly through O'Hare, there is a 50/50 shot of the flight getting delayed and a 20% chance that the flight gets cancelled.
 
2014-07-10 01:55:19 PM
This is stupid.  Airlines should compensate you for these situations without you having to pay for the opportunity to be compensated in these situations.
 
2014-07-10 02:19:23 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: [www.exclusivelondon.co.uk image 500x332]

Should get something.


C'mon, it's not that bad sitting next to a black guy.
 
2014-07-10 02:55:20 PM
No odds on free pizza and/or overflowing toilets?
 
2014-07-10 03:31:16 PM
Let's see, first segment delayed 2 hr 23 min. (engine problems). Our Chicago connection was not missed, because the third plane was delayed 3 hr 12 min. Original arrival time in PDX 8:35 pm; actual time 11:38 pm. Missed the last train and had to pay $65 for a taxi.

What happened to the second plane? It never left New Orleans due to engine problems.

I could have used this.
 
kab
2014-07-10 03:47:37 PM

Tobin_Lam: And we have our first crying baby. That was fast.


Self righteous seat-recliner like typing detected.
 
2014-07-10 05:00:12 PM
I've flown about 20 times in the past 10 years, all vacation related. It's too bad they only cover domestic flights, though. I've had:
- luggage lost for more than one day (Punta Cana),
- flight cancelled back into the US resulting in a missed connection (Punta Cana)
- flight delay due to mechanical issues, 6 hour delay, Memphis (we could drive to Jackson in that time)
- flight delay because Delta generally sucks and cancels undersold flights, 2 hours, Jackson
- flight cancellation resulting in a missed connection (weather related), Phoenix
- tarmac delay resulting in a missed connection (Memphis)
- flight delay over 2 hours, some airport I've blocked out of my memory, way back from San Fran to Chicago.

Basically, if you fly in the winter in or out of O'Hare, this is a no-brainer. For me, it's getting into O'Hare that has resulted in delays.
 
2014-07-10 07:29:08 PM

kab: Tobin_Lam: And we have our first crying baby. That was fast.

Self righteous seat-recliner like typing detected.


They gave me the button to my seat, so I'm going to use it to recline the entire inch. What are you going to do about it, cry baby?
 
2014-07-11 09:03:07 AM

Tobin_Lam: kab: Tobin_Lam: And we have our first crying baby. That was fast.

Self righteous seat-recliner like typing detected.

They gave me the button to my seat, so I'm going to use it to recline the entire inch. What are you going to do about it, cry baby?


Wipe a booger on your headrest when you go to the bathroom.
 
2014-07-11 09:36:33 AM
PROTIP: Play the emergency slides nearest the door, they tend to payoff the most:

informationng.com
 
Displayed 35 of 35 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report