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  1. This is what I found: Advocacy group Flyer Rights has noted that the average width of airplane seats has been reduced from 18.5 inches to 17 inches. The average pitch (legroom) between seats has decreased from 35 inches to 31 inches, and in some aircraft, the pitch is as little as 28 inches. I believe it is a combination of a few things, the pitch, the width, more seats in the same cabin, e.g. pre-merger AA had 150 seats in the 738, now I believe it is 172. I flew an AA 777 with the 10 abreast seating and it was not fun, they have reduced the aisle width also, which doesn't help. Some of the economy plus seats now have the pitch that economy seats had 20+ years ago and some domestic first class pitch is what economy plus was a few years ago.
  2. OK, sorry. I saw your name on the picture credits and I thought that meant that you took them on the date on the picture.
  3. AA has an involuntary bumping rate of .38 per 10000 passengers, so basically 1 out of every 30000. I'll take those odds. And I don't have first-hand experience like you, but I'm pretty sure if it happened, you would not wait days for a flight. I'm pretty sure they would put you ahead of people whose flights got cancelled, etc. Also, with voluntary bumping, I have never accepted that without already knowing what flight I was going to be on after the bump. Again, I do not have first-hand knowledge like you, but I am pretty sure that no one has given up their seat not knowing when they would get to where they were going. Of course, I guess something out of the airlines control could happen to delay your new flight, but pretty sure that doesn't happen a lot.
  4. Not sure where you are getting this misinformation from. Yes, when AA introduced basic economy it was a personal item only, as UA still does. However, in the last year or so, AA now allows a carry-on in addition to a personal item even with a basic economy ticket. From the AA website: Customers flying Basic Economy are now allowed 1 free carry-on (in addition to a personal item) to all destinations.
  5. Do you have first hand knowledge of this happening? I have never heard of this happening on any airline. Because a legal carry-on is a legal carry-on, regardless of fare class booked. Not so sure being first to be "Bumped" would be so bad, unless you absolutely needed to get somewhere at a specific time. After all. if you are delayed 1-2 hours, you would get double your fare back, up to $675 and if over two hours, you would get 4 times your fare back, up to $1350. I would take that every time, especially since these bumps require pay back in cash, not a voucher or gift card.
  6. I was EP on AA at one time, but now fly DL for the majority of my flights. AA is a different airline after the merger than before. I know it is a combination of things, but I try to avoid flying them if at all possible now. When I do fly them now, usually on a flight that I used my AAdvantage Miles for, I always wonder if I am going to get where I need to go. Three of the last four times that I have flown them I have had some kind of delay. Maybe it's random, but I always have that feeling. I am all for believing that DL has a better TO department than AA. And that isn't even getting to how crappy the interiors of the older AA planes are. I flew AA last Saturday from PHL-MIA on a 763. We were supposed to leave at 6 am. At 6:05 the captain says they are still loading bags, it will be another 5 minutes. 15 minutes later, he comes back on and says that he still doesn't know what's going on, nobody will answer him. Finally left at 6:30. We get to MIA and no one is at the gate for the jet bridge, captain comes on and says he called them twice, not sure where they are. Finally ten minutes later we start deplaning. Maybe it is just me, but AA has gotten so bad in the last couple of years, it is incredible. Just say "Doug Parker" to an employee and see what there response is. Rant over!!!
  7. I agree with you on him being annoying. In addition to Rudy, we had Betti for the entertainment director, though I'm not sure what she ever did. This was my first river cruise and I was kind of surprised that we were expected to tip them. I did, but I have never done that on any other cruise that I have been on.
  8. Were you on the December 8th one to Amsterdam? I was on that one also. I loved it----until the PA got fixed and Rudy started all of his announcements with that irritating "waaaaawaaaaawaaaa" thing!
  9. I boarded in Nuremberg the day that yours ended to go up the canal and Rhine to Amsterdam. I will post a review later. I hope the in-cabin pa was out your whole trip, because they got it fixed on ours and listening to Rudy do his "waaaawaaaawaaa" thing before every announcement really got irritating!!!
  10. I know what you mean. In high school we had a new student from the Turks and she asked if anyone had a rubber that she could borrow!!!! You can imagine how that went over with a bunch of 10th graders!!
  11. Was on the Carnivale in March of 1990. Aplmac, do you remember if Malcolm Kennedy was still the CD when you went in September? I will always remember him as the CD of my first real, i.e. not SeaEscape, cruise.
  12. Thanks all. I'll see if I can contact someone there. Those individual laundry prices seem steep.
  13. This will be my first in December and I was wondering if they put those those bags in the cabin that you fill up with clothes that they launder for a set price? It is normal on a big ship cruise line, but is it common on river cruises? We are on Gate 1 and it is hard to find out much info on them. This will be a Christmas Markets cruise in December, so if I can get by with only half as many clothes because I know I can get them washed, it will sure be nice.
  14. Not sure about United, but Delta has this too. Delta also has a 20-minute guarantee for luggage to be delivered at the baggage claim. I've flown American into DFW and waited 45 minutes for luggage to come off of a plane that you could see out the window from the baggage claim.
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