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Old 03-15-2019, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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The irony in your comment is just amazing. It was an Indonesian pilot who accomplished a water landing of a Boeing 737 i[/url]
This may be ironic but it is one single incident, perhaps that particular Indonesian pilot was brilliant, there are exceptions. However Garuda and Indonesia in general has one of the worst safety records in aviation, this is a known fact.

For the record I was born in the third world, I am a first gen US immigrant. I have also traveled to 60+ countries. I have a good worldwide perspective on things and i'm uniquely positioned to assess and contrast both the third world and the first world and I stand by my original statement - safety standards are way way higher in the west as opposed to the developing world. Not just in aviation but in everything else as well.

For instance, I am a Scuba diver. When I dive in the US the safety standards are incredible, they ask for everything, my log book, my experience etc. before allowing me on a dive... you will be refused if you don't have the requisite experience and no amount of payment will change that. In Mexico I have not been asked anything except for my credit card when doing some of the most advanced dives. In one case they did not even check if I was a certified diver. In Mexico as long as you pay nobody cares what experience you have...but your credit card better work!!
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:29 PM
 
Location: equator
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No. I just figure I'm lucky if there are any flights going on my route at all. That I can afford, and more or less when I need to go.

That said, I DID check my itinerary for aircraft for the next couple upcoming flights ....
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:38 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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For the flights out of my small airport, I usually try to pick the mainline flight (ie: United or Alaska) with the full-size plane (which for this airport is an Airbus 320) rather than their regional carrier (Skywest, Horizon) with the much smaller planes (CRJ/Embraer).

The main reason for this is that I usually have to connect through either San Francisco or Denver and the full-size planes get better gate assignments AND when San Francisco gets their usual fog that cuts them down to one runway, the full-size planes have higher slot priority than the much smaller regional planes. Also the overhead bins are bigger on the larger planes and I am sometimes traveling with a musical instrument.

I also watch the booking (always made through the airline directly) carefully, because sometimes there is a last minute substitution which frequently involves switching to a smaller plane with fewer seats. If you are on top of the booking, you can usually make sure you still have a seat and an assigned seat at that.
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I also watch the booking (always made through the airline directly) carefully, because sometimes there is a last minute substitution which frequently involves switching to a smaller plane with fewer seats. If you are on top of the booking, you can usually make sure you still have a seat and an assigned seat at that.
There's also the US DOT rule that says you're entitled to a refund or no cost ticket change if there's a change in operating carrier on the ticket and going from a mainline to a regional carrier or vice versa (example- United to United Express) or even regional to regional (example- United Express operated by Skywest to United Express operated by Mesa Airlines) counts as a change of operating carrier in the government's eye.
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