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U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife
    #1374494 - 03/14/03 04:14 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I received a call at 1:00 this morning from my wife. She was calling from an airport in a European capital. After arriving at the airport for her flight home she was told by the airline that the US government had taken her plane to transport troops to Kuwait.

Those sorry bastards! No one bothered to call to let her know that this had happened (although the order was presidential and was issued on Monday the 10th!).

So, my wife is at the airport with our 1 year old son. they tell her that there is no flight. OK, so she asked to be on the next flight and they told her that she has to go to the center of the city for new tickets. OK, that's only about 40km. $100 in taxi fares, etc. and she finally has a flight.

The US Government and Northwest airlines are all sorry bastards. Beware.


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Re: U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife [Re: grib]
    #1374546 - 03/14/03 04:42 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Sorry to hear your story. That sucks.


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Re: U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife [Re: grib]
    #1374613 - 03/14/03 05:11 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Maybe I'm a little out of the loop, but doesn't the U.S. Military have it's OWN planes? That sucks man...my sympathies to your wife.


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Re: U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife [Re: Rono]
    #1374626 - 03/14/03 05:16 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

The government here, as well as most countries I believe, have the power to commandeer planes and ships to transport troops. I'd be surprised if the same doesn't hold true in Canookland.


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    #1374639 - 03/14/03 05:21 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I understand that...but are they that desperate for aircraft that they need to commandeer planes? Where exactly is the billions of dollars in military spending going?...airline tickets???


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Re: U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife [Re: Rono]
    #1374646 - 03/14/03 05:25 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Big Motherfucking Bombs


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Re: U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife [Re: Rono]
    #1374697 - 03/14/03 05:44 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Where exactly is the billions of dollars in military spending going?...airline tickets???




You know, excellent question...

First class airfare for politicians and government employees? $750.00 toilet seats? $50 per nut and bolt (that cost about .50 at a hardware store) etc., etc., etc.


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Re: U.S. Government takes over NWA flight stranding my wife [Re: Rono]
    #1374768 - 03/14/03 06:05 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Maybe I'm a little out of the loop, but doesn't the U.S. Military have it's OWN planes? That sucks man...my sympathies to your wife.




Actually we have quite a fleet of transports, C5's, C141's, C17's etc. But they are all at maximum use right now. Some have to be taken out of service periodically for phased inspections to the airframe and engines. With the massive troop and equipment buildup that is still going on, it's not surprising to see the gov commandeer a portion of the civillian fleet. They were predicting this months ago, I guess it's finally happening. They did it during the first gulf war as well.

You'd think the NWA would've been a little more helpful though, it sounds like they were total dicks.


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