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Old Dec 26, 09, 5:18 pm   #1
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Rumor: UA Disables IFE on International flights after NWA Incident.. Will CO follow?

There's a FlyerTalk thread over at UA that they have disabled all IFE on international flights into the US due to the GPS functionality of the Map on IFE.. Folks are pretty upset with the TSA over this.. any word on CO implementing this today?
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Old Dec 26, 09, 5:23 pm   #2
  
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UA has very strict security rules since they lost two planes to 9-11. I would not be surprised if this rumor is true.
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There's a FlyerTalk thread over at UA that they have disabled all IFE on international flights into the US due to the GPS functionality of the Map on IFE.. Folks are pretty upset with the TSA over this.. any word on CO implementing this today?
Will they also black out all the windows then as well - so no one on the plane knows where they are? This appears to be heading toward the absurd.
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Old Dec 26, 09, 5:30 pm   #4
  
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Gawd I hope not.....I like that thing on the long transPac hauls. When I am semi-sleeping I can tell how much longer we have to go without waking up my brain to convert time zones with touchdown times.
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Old Dec 26, 09, 5:38 pm   #5
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so f'in stupid.

the notion that people have no idea where they are without the in flight map is ridiculous. Almost anyone here could figure out the flight path and likely timing.

Our stupid government is too stupid/timid to go after the people who are problematic and instead give the grandmas and low-risk travelers a hard time. A non-hazardous traveler with a big bottle of shampoo is not a risk.
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Old Dec 26, 09, 5:44 pm   #6
  
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Will they also black out all the windows then as well - so no one on the plane knows where they are? This appears to be heading toward the absurd.
Heading there??? Aren't we already there with the one-hour in-seat, no blankie/pillow/book/etc in your lap nonsense (as many other astute observers before me have noted)?

No, where we are headed is the truly absurd. Soon TSA will require carriers to straightjacket all pax and have attendants strap you into your seat. All pax will be issued a camelback water system in case you get thirsty, and you will be offered an in-flight catheter for longer flights. Armed police will patrol the aisles looking for anyone who appears to be getting restless and use a taser to "readjust" their attitudes.

Welcome to Con Air, civilian transport version, 2010.
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Heading there??? Aren't we already there with the one-hour in-seat, no blankie/pillow/book/etc in your lap nonsense (as many other astute observers before me have noted)?

No, where we are headed is the truly absurd.
You are absolutely correct.
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Old Dec 26, 09, 6:16 pm   #8
  
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So crazy but determined people will get to do what they want to do. How to stop them is to one, stop fostering hate (war, killings, giving people a chance to grow and develop well), good information gathering (CIA, etc) to find those in the planning stages...

Stopping people from going to the bathroom, limiting trade, making people bored and other scare issues only make the innocent suffer and not really provide true security.
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Old Dec 26, 09, 6:47 pm   #9
  
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So far I've heard/read rumours of Air Canada, Finn Air, and reports of BA and AA with no IFE as well.


I've done a few cruises transatlantic before and it is looking like a better option than ever when I move my family back and forth between our Europe and home and Stateside home.

Sad.

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Old Dec 26, 09, 6:53 pm   #10
  
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Our stupid government...
Sorry to paraphrase your quote. I usually hold your posts in high regards and I trust this was maybe a slip. Politics are not my thing but our government, in my opinion, is a lot of things but not stupid.

Cheers mate.
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Ridiculous!
I really don't know what is FAA thinking.
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Old Dec 26, 09, 7:27 pm   #12
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from a purely self-serving point of view.......

maybe this incident and the government/airline industy over-reaction will bring about a drop in travel and necessitate a response to keep people flying................2010 DEQMs here we come!
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Heading there??? Aren't we already there with the one-hour in-seat, no blankie/pillow/book/etc in your lap nonsense (as many other astute observers before me have noted)?

No, where we are headed is the truly absurd. Soon TSA will require carriers to straightjacket all pax and have attendants strap you into your seat. All pax will be issued a camelback water system in case you get thirsty, and you will be offered an in-flight catheter for longer flights. Armed police will patrol the aisles looking for anyone who appears to be getting restless and use a taser to "readjust" their attitudes.

Welcome to Con Air, civilian transport version, 2010.
I'm headed for my car. You can forget air travel if all these silly rules go into place
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Heading there??? Aren't we already there with the one-hour in-seat, no blankie/pillow/book/etc in your lap nonsense (as many other astute observers before me have noted)?

No, where we are headed is the truly absurd. Soon TSA will require carriers to straightjacket all pax and have attendants strap you into your seat. All pax will be issued a camelback water system in case you get thirsty, and you will be offered an in-flight catheter for longer flights. Armed police will patrol the aisles looking for anyone who appears to be getting restless and use a taser to "readjust" their attitudes.

Welcome to Con Air, civilian transport version, 2010.

I especially like the no bathroom rule... Think of how many people are going to soil those seats
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Old Dec 26, 09, 8:40 pm   #15
  
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I'm now wondering if I can reroute my UA Y Flexible Ticket to a LH IAD-MUC-CDG instead to avoid this idiocy in place...
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