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United flight diverted to Cuba due to 'unfamiliar' odor in plane

United flight diverted to Cuba due to 'unfamiliar' odor in plane

Old Jul 31, 11, 6:47 pm
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United flight diverted to Cuba due to 'unfamiliar' odor in plane

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/07/31...hp_p1&iref=NS1

"A United Airlines flight was diverted to Cuba on Sunday after its crew reported a strong odor in the plane, U.S. aviation and airline spokesmen said."
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Old Jul 31, 11, 6:52 pm
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talk about a double take situation... seeing a US-flagged plane on the runway in Cuba
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Old Jul 31, 11, 6:54 pm
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Did anyone pick up some cigars while they were there?
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Old Jul 31, 11, 6:59 pm
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There has been CO connection flights to Havana for years. Also Copa has ground staff there so they'll have the appropriate facilities.
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Old Jul 31, 11, 7:06 pm
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United does not typically fly to Cuba, according to its website.

Now, really.
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Old Jul 31, 11, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by CorSter View Post
talk about a double take situation... seeing a US-flagged plane on the runway in Cuba
Ever been to Miami Airport? American has flights on the board to Havana all the time (charters).
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Old Jul 31, 11, 7:39 pm
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Did they sell any seats?

If that plane went out empty they should have illustrated to the Cuban people the strength of our economy, our capitalist system and our generous nature, and offered seats out of Havana for anyone who would care to show up at the airport - cash on the nail for tickets of course. Would have helped UAL's revenue, the debt ceiling and the US Treasury balance of payments deficit, and shown us in such a good light. Cigar light that is. And the cargo hold should have been jamned full of cigars too.

I assume this was a practice run for the opening up of Cuba's beaches after we do a Nixon-Vietnam style declaration of winning this 50 year old debacle.
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Old Jul 31, 11, 7:44 pm
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was the odor audacious and unmitigated?
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Old Jul 31, 11, 7:51 pm
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Originally Posted by entropy View Post
was the odor audacious and unmitigated?
Thanks for the laugh!
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Old Jul 31, 11, 7:56 pm
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was the odor audacious and unmitigated?
I was wondering if anyone yelled out "Safety"

LMAO
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Old Jul 31, 11, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
United does not typically fly to Cuba, according to its website.

Now, really.

What? I can't fly to Cuba on UA?!?
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Old Jul 31, 11, 8:15 pm
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Just a few questions, which I'm sure that someone here will know the answer to.


1) Can EYW handle an A320? I know they can handle FL's 717s, but what about an A320? -- Looking at the route this flight took, EYW doesn't look too far off.

2) Could NAS Guantanamo Bay have been an option, at least we would have been on "American" soil.
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Old Jul 31, 11, 8:26 pm
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Originally Posted by kwildnj View Post
Just a few questions, which I'm sure that someone here will know the answer to.


1) Can EYW handle an A320? I know they can handle FL's 717s, but what about an A320? -- Looking at the route this flight took, EYW doesn't look too far off.

2) Could NAS Guantanamo Bay have been an option, at least we would have been on "American" soil.
AC flies 320s and 319s to Havana almost every day in the winter, several times a week during the rest of the year.
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Old Jul 31, 11, 8:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Shareholder View Post
AC flies 320s and 319s to Havana almost every day in the winter, several times a week during the rest of the year.

All well and good but EYW is Key West :-)
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Old Jul 31, 11, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Izz24703 View Post
Did anyone pick up some cigars while they were there?
Or ask for them as compensation
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