Cranky on the Web: 20 Questions with Cranky, American’s Boarding Process, 2016 Ops

I forgot to post these last week, so here’s two week’s worth of stuff.

20 questions with The Cranky Flier (Brett Snyder)Wade Patterson/steemit
I was asked if I would be willing to answer twenty questions and I said yes, but I prepared for some generic Facebook-style garbage that I’d usually delete. I was pleasantly surprised that these were much more thoughtful questions directed specifically for me. It actually took a fair bit of time to think these through, and I thank Wade for letting me participate. If you’d like to learn more about me, give it a read.

American Airlines redesignates boarding
I know, you’re sick of the boarding thing by now, right? But here’s a take on American’s new boarding process in one of its hub cities.

Report card: Which airlines are top flight in punctuality, reliability?Dallas Morning News
Conor at the DMN took a look at year-end operational performance. I spoke with him on it, and it looks like his editor even included a photo of me on the final product along with one quote.

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9 Comments on "Cranky on the Web: 20 Questions with Cranky, American’s Boarding Process, 2016 Ops"

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David SF eastbay

I never consider Hawaiian an on time leader since most of there flights are in Sun destinations so they don’t deal with snow and storms as much as other carriers, so it’s not fair to judge them as and on time leader.

Eric Morris

Based on your comment about the last Queen of Hawai’i, do you support independence?


Interesting that you’ve become interested in Hawaiian music, do you happen to know any Kapono Beamer songs? Granted, I only know about him from SpongeBob, but his stuff is pretty relaxing. I’ve recently taken up playing the guitar, and although I haven’t mastered it yet, I’m starting to get bored of it and instead I want to try the ukulele as well.

Average Joe
Got into Charlotte in plenty of time for the next flight; 35 minutes to spare. Uh no… another plane was at our gate. Waiting on the tarmac. Finally, cleared to move. Uh no… someones in the latrine and the plane cannot move when someone is in there evidently. Three more people and ten minutes later, all the bladders are drained, but now we have to wait on another aircraft crossing in front of us. Finally, we’re at the gate. Out of shape people slowly take their huge luggage from overhead and stroll off the plane while I wait. Finally, I… Read more »
Well, after two international trips (four flights) and a domestic roundtrip I can tell you that the American bags come out at the same speed as they always did…slow. In addition, the new American boarding scheme is, as predicted, worthless. They American gate agents basically have two groups, the first being ticket groups 1-4 and then 5-to the end. The time between calling group one and two was, at the longest, five seconds. In five of the six American boardings it was group 1, then almost immediately 2..3..4. I was always in 1-4 so don’t know what they did after… Read more »