This week’s featured link:
United Airlines takes seat away from child on Houston flight, forces him to sit on his mother’s lap – Houston Chronicle
I mean… I just…. If your child is one day past 24 months, you are required to purchase a seat. (I think you should always be required to purchase a seat even for newborns, but that’s a different issue.) Somehow, United messes this up and forces a child more than 24 months old to ride in his mom’s lap. One of the things that pisses people off when it comes to airlines is that they’re forced to obey all sorts of rules when the airlines don’t have to do the same. (Schedule changes vs passenger-initiated changes come to mind as the most-hated.) Unlike schedule changes, this was just a mistake, but it’s still getting plenty of coverage.
I asked United for a little more detail on this but did not get a response.
Two for the road:
A bizarre misunderstanding of flight patterns at JFK – Wandering Aramean
While we’re complaining about things… it also bugs me when people think they’re experts when they aren’t. Here’s a great example of that. Had she admitted she was wrong after she learned the truth, then I would be more understanding. But no, the ego is just too big here.
Why the ‘O’ in San Francisco’s Airport Code, SFO? – KQED
To avoid turning this into a full-blown Andy Rooney complaint-fest let’s go with something lighter. Here’s a nice little primer on where airport codes came from.