Posts Tagged ‘us airways’

Media Smackdown: National Aviation Journalist vs. ABC7KGOTV’s Michael Finney on the “Trapped 8 Days at SFO” Bit

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Uh oh, I smell trouble brewing after this recent bit from the Bay Area’s Michael Finney.

Check it:

“…a loyal reader sent a link to what ABC seven-on-your-side reporter Michael Finney  in San Francisco thinks is news, a 2 minute plus tear-jerker of a story about Terri Weissinger, who made a home for herself in the San Francisco Airport in April.”

The battle is now well and truly joined:

Mr. seven-on-her-side, Finney had the nerve (reporters are very nervy, busted!) to call the airline for a response as if Ms. Weissinger’s inability to pay for the services of an airline to take her and her stuff from A to B was worthy of a response from the airline and got a somewhat gracious,  “We have apologized for her experience but cannot refund her ticket.” Stuck in the airport because of baggage fees, is the characterization of the reporter. She wasn’t stuck in the airport because of baggage fees, she was stuck in the airport because while she certainly looks like an adult, she was as ill-informed and as helpless as a child.”

This is what the lecture on “Aviation Reporting 101″ looks like:

Can’t we all get along?

Yet Another Video of the Whole SFO – Deshon Marman – U.S. Air Flight 488 Thing

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In the words of Black Christian News:

“When you vote for Homosexual Marriage, you open up the door for a whole bunch of uncomfortable stuff.”

OK then.

Comes now Jon Brooks of the News Fix with word of NMA weighing in.

I’ve already said my piece.

Leave us depart this affair, older and wiser…

Don’t Sass Sully: SFO Passenger Deshon Marman Was _Not_ Arrested for His Clothing, Right?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Via News Fix, KQED’s Bay Area News Blog, comes word of an apparently inexplicable conundrum.

All right, here we go:

1. Passenger Jill Tarlow needs to get a life outside of photographing whatever “shocks” her. (“I was shocked, completely shocked. I’m shocked…” Yada yada yada…)

2. Listen To Your Captain.

Now, if you want to completely ignore flight crew that’s your choice, but it might be tough to fly. And when the Captain asks you to leave, it’s time to leave. Otherwise you’re going to get arrested for trespassing. And if you injure the cops taking you off your flight, well, you’re just making things worse for yourself.

Don’t be “reverent” and “respectful” – it’s not necessary. Just make the effort to pretend to listen flight crew and you’ll be fine. (And, oh yes, if you want to say “sir,” say it once at the beginning of the exchange. Don’t use it as a crutch word, just  saying.)

Honest.

Anyway, if you want to call this thing “pilot error,” well then be my guest but you’re wrong.

Anyway, to review:

Starting at :45, this is an example of how to get yourself tossed off a flight at SFO or anywhere.

“Deshon Marman, 20, a defensive player for the University of New Mexico and graduate of Lincoln High in San Francisco, was arrested and removed from US Airways flight 488 Wednesday after police said he ignored an airline employee’s request to pull up sweatpants that exposed his underwear below the buttocks.”

Nice video, San Francisco Chronicle:

It doesn’t matter why the captain has come back to have a chat with you, all that matters is this:

The captain isn’t going to fly you anywhere if you avoid listening to him or her by incessantly interrupting him or her.

(Right? Pilots hate it when you don’t listen to them.)

Also, fighting with the SFPD is a surefire way of making sure that the San Mateo County District Attorney can’t just laugh things off.

This is true regardless of what clothes you wear or how you wear your clothes…

How to Talk Yourself into Jail While Sitting on the Tarmac at SFO – Deshon Marman and U.S. Air Flight 488

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Starting at :45, this is an example of how to get yourself tossed off a flight at SFO or anywhere.

“Deshon Marman, 20, a defensive player for the University of New Mexico and graduate of Lincoln High in San Francisco, was arrested and removed from US Airways flight 488 Wednesday after police said he ignored an airline employee’s request to pull up sweatpants that exposed his underwear below the buttocks.”

Nice video, San Francisco Chronicle:

It doesn’t matter why the captain has come back to have a chat with you, all that matters is this:

The captain isn’t going to fly you anywhere if you avoid listening to him or her by incessantly interrupting him or her.

(Right? Pilots hate it when you don’t listen to them.)

Also, fighting with the SFPD is a surefire way of making sure that the San Mateo County District Attorney can’t just laugh things off.

This is true regardless of what clothes you wear or how you wear your clothes…

An Inaugural Photo, with Pilot Sully, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Gavin Newsom

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Well this was the scene at the recent inauguration of Barack Obama in D.C. a few days back. O is in the lower right corner, but who else is in there? Feel free to click on the image once or twice and peek around. It’s 3000 pixels wide so you’ll be sure to get a good look.

via Jurvetson’s photostream

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From left to right: San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel (with hat), Magic Johnson, Mayor Gavin Newsom (avec camera), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (looking bad-ass, like he just killed a guy), US Airways pilot Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, US Airways pilot Jeff Skiles, and a cast of thousands – just one big cozy family.