Monday, December 9, 2013

RCOB: Defined

#1 Blogdaughter sends in a story that practically defines the RCOB*:

World War II veteran en route to Pearl Harbor ceremony booted from flight
A 90-year-old World War II veteran en route to a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor was booted from his flight to accommodate the weight of additional jet fuel needed for the trip.

According to Hawaii News Now, Ewalt “Walt” Shatz, a WWII veteran credited with shooting down a Japanese plane during the 1941 attack, was scheduled to take a United Airlines flight direct from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Wednesday, but was re-booked on an American Airlines flight leaving eight hours later that included a layover in Maui.
I would really like to hear United's side of this story. I mean, booting a WWII veteran from a flight - a direct flight - and making him wait 8 hours for that flight, plus kicking him to a layover? What brainiac thought this move up? Did they think that NO ONE would mind them sticking a nonagenarian in an airport for 9 hours? That they'd bump a WWII veteran and no one would care? Someone at United needs to be fired for this snafu.

Preferably from a cannon.

That is all.

*RCOB: Red curtain of blood. Term which describes something so monumentously stupid/venal/corrupt that one gets the sense that one more second of this idiocy will make blood vessels in one's eyes start popping out of sheer rage.


Anonymous said...

It usually last booked or last checked in. I'm sure there was not malice but the bad PR will be more than costly.


Jim said...


Originally coined by Kim DuToit. Damn, that was a great site. Miss it.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

LCB said...

United bumped 41 passagners to lighten the plane for rerouting the plane around poor weather. So he wasn't singled out. Still...if they'd asked on the PA if anyone was willing to give him their seat and why he needed to get to Pearl...yeah, tone deaf.

Old NFO said...

Tone deaf is right, but that is TYPICAL LAX...