PDBs Coming Back?

Old Jan 8, 22, 1:24 pm
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had one last year... ATL to MIA... a very very nice FA.. who was fresh to AA
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Old Jan 8, 22, 2:20 pm
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I too miss the PDBs. I regard it as a nice perk to flying up front. I love me a vodka and OJ to start the flight.

BTW, this reminds me of a story from years ago. I was flying PHL-PIT and the FA asked me if I wanted a PDB. I said that I would like a screwdriver. She gave me this quizzical look. I explained that I wanted a vodka and OJ. I always found it odd that she didn't know what a screwdriver cocktail was.
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Old Jan 8, 22, 2:47 pm
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On my last two red-eyes (both in F) I was able to ask for a glass of water (in one case) or OJ (in the second) to take some meds. That's the scope. However, I think that on my outbound in December (daytime) I got a drink in a real glass. Makes the club soda taste so much better
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Old Jan 8, 22, 3:12 pm
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I got a one off PDB on a PHL to MSP flight in July 2020. Wonderful FA serving the F cabin on that flight.
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Old Jan 8, 22, 10:20 pm
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They were very hit or miss (mostly miss) before Covid. So even if they officially "return" I wouldn't adjust my expectations very much.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by Stripe View Post
They were very hit or miss (mostly miss) before Covid. So even if they officially "return" I wouldn't adjust my expectations very much.
And while we're at it--

How about hot towels? Let alone warm nuts in ramekins?! Gosh, how I miss the 'good old days'...
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Old Jan 9, 22, 12:08 pm
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I was on an AS flight last year out of LAX when a female F passenger requested a PDB and the (particularly odious) male FA said that the FAA had banned them due to Covid. She challenged him to cite the FAA rule and another passenger behind her, obviously sensing that this would end up badly, intervened to back up the FA. So yeah, not holding out much hope that AS will be taking custom PDB orders on domestic flights anytime soon. It's a real shame because their scheduled service is super convenient otherwise.

Also, I'd rather be given nothing at all pre-departure than be subjected to those "school lunchbox" boxes of water.
Did the other passenger also claimed it was, as the FA had stated, an FAA rule..... backing up the FA with a lie?
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Old Jan 9, 22, 12:45 pm
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The the other passenger also claimed it was, as the FA had stated, an FAA rule..... backing up the FA with a lie?
Yeah, that was my take at least. He said something to the effect of "I'm sure that's correct," but it seemed pretty clear from his demeanor that he just didn't want the flight to get held up due to a stupid conflict over drinks.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by MasterPlanner View Post
And while we're at it--

How about hot towels? Let alone warm nuts in ramekins?! Gosh, how I miss the 'good old days'...
Those were pretty consistent pre COVID. PDBs were almost as rare as engine failure.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
PDBs were almost as rare as engine failure.
Source?

This thread proves otherwise. From a quick scan, I'd estimate 70% or higher.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 2:12 pm
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
Source?

This thread proves otherwise. From a quick scan, I'd estimate 70% or higher.
Personal experience. 100+ flights a year, averaged an engine failure, explosion or issue around once a year and PDBs around twice.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
Personal experience. 100+ flights a year, averaged an engine failure, explosion or issue around once a year and PDBs around twice.
From my personal experience, I'd say 100% PDB, for what that's worth. I trust a thread with a mix of FlyerTalkers' input -v- the input of an individual.

That said, this thread is about PDB's coming back, not about the past.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 2:30 pm
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Originally Posted by aztimm View Post
From my personal experience, I'd say 100% PDB, for what that's worth. I trust a thread with a mix of FlyerTalkers' input -v- the input of an individual.

That said, this thread is about PDB's coming back, not about the past.
LUS was better about it than LAA. One of the few service upsides from that side of the merger. I was LAA and ended up primarily on LAA crewed routes, so that might have affected my percentage.

Regardless, I'd be shocked if PDBs come back consistently going forward.
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Old Jan 9, 22, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
Personal experience. 100+ flights a year, averaged an engine failure, explosion or issue around once a year and PDBs around twice.
Goodness! If your engine failure to PDB ratio is 1:2, remind me never to fly with you!

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Old Jan 9, 22, 3:09 pm
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AA taking billions of your taxpayer money for a bailout and you expect good service and a pre departure drink in First? haha The only reason you get good service on International flights is something called competition.
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