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Steve Mills

Your thoughts about recent issues on flights?

Posted Monday, April 24, 2017, at 10:17 AM
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    When you are on an airplane, or in a National or an international airport, you are under Federal Jurisdiction. That means you waive your unalienable rights to their jurisdiction.

    Look at it another way; If you are in the military, you wave your rights and must obey the federal Military law.

    If everyone said no the the military laws and rules, what kind of discipline would the military have over the enlisted men in the military? There could be no control over the men in any of the military branches.

    A Captain has authority and power over everyone on his ship when it is in the water. The jurisdiction of the ship is whatever country flag they are flying.

    So I believe when you fly, you should do as you are told by those in authority. You still retain your sovereignty (if you know how to claim it), you just have to wait until you are on land and before court to fight for your rights.

    If you are told to leave the plane and you don't, the authorities have the right to use whatever force is necessary to remove you. Removing the person may very well save your life.

    Common sense is the best way. The airline crews or members should use common sense when making decisions.

    Why on earth would anyone take a baby stroller onto an airplane. It should be checked with the luggage. It's not like you are going to get the chance to stroll your baby back and forth between the seats.

    The fact that the baby stroller almost hit the woman and the baby just proves it doesn't belong in the coach where passengers are sitting.

    But then, what do I know, I don't Fly!

    I wouldn't mind flying if I had one of those $1 Million dollar Flying cars they just advertised that doesn't require a Pilots license and can only be flown in areas not populated. May mean only over a body of water.

    -- Posted by sui on Mon, Apr 24, 2017, at 11:55 PM
  • I've heard that threatening a flight attendant is a violation of law. The fellow who did so in the video escalated the situation and should be reprimanded publicly, at the least, or others will feel emboldened follow suit.

    I know he probably meant well, but showing his testosterone in that situation was irresponsible. Of course the ground crew or flight attendant that challenged him was wrong also and is paying the price with suspension and possible firing.

    I can't help but think there is more to the story as to why this woman was so hysterical. She is either unstable or had gone through some other trauma previously.

    As far as "almost" hitting her child, I would bet that could be said hundreds of times each day on those enclosed spaces. It was first reported that the woman was struck. Was she, and if so where and with what force. I seriously doubt it was intentional so.... what are the facts.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 25, 2017, at 5:04 PM
  • As I understand it, you can take a child to the plane in a stroller, but then you have to check the stroller and not take it on the plane.I do not know, because strollers have not been in my travel kit for many years.

    I do not fly a whole lot any more, but a lot more than I want. However, I am dubious about these reports, as the Airline personnel have always been friendly and courteous in my experience. As far as any physical confrontation, the planes are packed so tightly now, that you can scarcely move without making contact with someone. My issues are not with the personnel, but with the incredibly cramped space. Some seats are so confined that it would be against the Geneva Convention to put a Prisoner of War in them for the duration of a long flight.

    I will say this, tho. The TSA security screeners in the US are often haughty, arrogant, and rude. Their counterparts overseas seem to be able to perform the same job, and yet be polite and pleasant.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Apr 26, 2017, at 8:39 PM
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