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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 16, 2010 / 6 Elul, 5770

Airline meltdown is hardly a surprise

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the case of the flight attendant who went ballistic this past week, had a "take this job and shove it" moment, then grabbed a beer, pulled the chute and went slip-sliding away, the only question I have is this:

Why didn't the passengers follow him?

I mean, apparently, the man went straight across the tarmac, walked out an unlocked door and split. Who knew you could get home from JFK so fast?

Look, Steven Slater, the "No Mas" man of JetBlue Airlines, is being celebrated in some circles and criticized in others, but both sides are missing the point. The fact is, EVERYBODY wants to pull the chute on airplanes these days. Even pets.

Flying has become a miserable, punishing, dehumanizing experience for which you have the privilege of paying hundreds of nonrefundable dollars.

From the moment you arrive at an airport, you are made to feel that you 1) own too much, 2) weigh too much, 3) drink too much water, 4) carry too many toiletries, 5) are a security risk, 6) aren't worthy of boarding yet, 7) are too big for your seat, 8) want too much personal space, 9) have to use the bathroom too often, 10) are going to destroy the plane if you press a button on your cell phone.

Think about it. There is not one positive experience in flying, other than actually arriving at your destination. The seats are for grade-schoolers. The food is nonexistent. You can't stand up, stretch, walk or use a bathroom without being hurried, scurried, scolded or charged.

And when you get to within a certain distance of your destination -- I think it's 70,000 miles -- you are locked down for good.

Listen closely for the real meaning

As for flight attendants, well, I think what stunned people with Slater is that he actually said what was on his mind. Passengers are used to the exact opposite. For example:

"Welcome aboard. Please ensure all bags fit neatly in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you."

Translation: "Yeah, right. We know half of you idiots plan to stuff a Maytag washing machine under your seat, and the other half just broke the overhead door."

"Please turn your attention to your flight attendant for important safety precautions."

"Hello? Anybody? I'm going to say, 'In case of water landing, DROWN the person next to you' -- and none of you will notice!"

"The captain has informed us that there is a slight maintenance delay. It shouldn't be long."

"This'll take all night. I hope you wore deodorant."

"We'll be coming through the cabin with a light snack and beverages."

"Wake up, Shamu. I got a bucket of chum."

A mystery: Planes vs. trains

And then there are the rules. Let's see. Can't stand up for the first 20 minutes. Can't stand up for the last 20 minutes. Can't use your computer for transmitting -- unless you buy the Internet package at $10 bucks a pop. Can't have your seat back an inch during takeoff because ... who knows?

Charge for first bag. Charge for second bag. Charge for aisle seat. Charge for boarding preference.

Why do we accept this stuff? A plane is a means of transport. So is a train. But you can take all the bags you want on a train. You can get on at any time. You can walk around -- even when it's shaking. You can use your computer and bring drinks on.

"Oh, but the security issue," airlines say. Why? Isn't a blown-up train as much of a terror threat as a blown-up plane? And yet the rules are totally different. Yeah, I know a plane can't be as big as a train. I also know if the airlines could sell seats in the overhead compartments, they would.

The fact is, airline insensitivity has become institutionalized. They act rudely because the other guys act rudely. They treat employees badly because they can get away with it. The environment for flying is now pushy, pricey and paranoiac.

By the way, some reports now suggest that Slater may have been drinking before and during the flight. So his actions may have been more blurry than brave.

I guess I can understand that. What I don't get is that a sober Slater said he wanted his job back.

Now that's weird behavior.

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