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Old Oct 10, 08, 9:47 pm
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737=Duct Tape

I'd really like to believe that UA isn't skimping on the important things, but on each of my last 3 flights on a soon to be retired 737 a mechanic has come onboard to anchor something down with duct tape. Today it was a broken seat-back tray. This is a "world class" airline?
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Old Oct 10, 08, 10:00 pm
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UA has not been fixing non-critical items on 737s for at least 5 months now, and I certainly wouldn't expect that to change. This is not a safety issue, and these planes will all be grounded by the end of the year. What did you want them to do?
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
UA has not been fixing non-critical items on 737s for at least 5 months now, and I certainly wouldn't expect that to change. This is not a safety issue, and these planes will all be grounded by the end of the year. What did you want them to do?
They won't all be grounded until well into 2009.
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What real man out there is finding a problem with duct tape?.....
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Originally Posted by milepig View Post
This is a "world class" airline?
Certainly not.... especially not domestically. Who said they were?
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Old Oct 10, 08, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by CPMaverick View Post
Certainly not.... especially not domestically. Who said they were?
Well, their ads give the impression they are, for one place.
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Originally Posted by milepig View Post
This is a "world class" airline?
Not even 3rd world class. Domestic or international.
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Old Oct 10, 08, 11:42 pm
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Certainly not.... especially not domestically. Who said they were?
They do.
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Old Oct 10, 08, 11:53 pm
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So is this a United mechanic?
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No its a southwest one!

Run, cattle cars...
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Old Oct 11, 08, 7:44 am
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Use of "Duct Tape" to anchor and/or secure Table Trays is in violation of FAA safety rules. This does become a "safety issue" because the Table Trays anchored/secured by only Duct Tape could possibly fly open and cause bodily harm in case of an emergency landing, etc.
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This whole situation makes me think of DL's 727 in the late nineties, which had duct tape all over the place.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 11:21 am
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Duct tape always worked for Uncle Red on the Red Green show!
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Old Oct 11, 08, 11:55 am
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What real man out there is finding a problem with duct tape?.....
My sister is all into duct tape now because it comes in purple, and teal, and ...
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I know we could argue circles about this shouldn't be allowed to happen, so forth and so on. In this razor thin margin industry... blah blah ... etc...

However, evaluating your options strictly at boarding though, its either duct tape or delaying and possibly canceling the flight to properly maintain an item that has a really low probably of inflicting any serious harm or death on a passenger. Of course the possibility is there, but I then again it would suck to be a passenger who had their flight canceled because of it.

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