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I don't blame the airlines at all. They have to do what is in their best interest. Lee could be voting on something in the future that could help or hurt the airline. Believe me, they will hand her some ones 1st class seat everyday if they have to.
well sure and the beat goes on. Sad thing is dog man, it's exactly what all the businesses do, from Exxon, to Monsanto, to Lockheed, to Bank of America etc etc etc..
"They have to do what is in their best interest. " right?
that's the problem with gov't and big biz, they are in bed with each other.
While the politicians pretend that they are working for the people... or the left's or the right's ideals.
but the sad reality is that the political class and big biz are just doing "what is in their best interest."
so yes ,while others make excuses and shrug off the behavior, i do blame them, though i'd probably be with the minority doing so.

even though kickbacks, gifts etc are actually against the law for the political class (of any party) and gov't workers to receive. In reality it happens everyday in various ways large and small and people just look the other way, or pretend (or faithfully believe) it's being done for other reasons, especially if their side does it.
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It's sad (and predictable) SJL blames the outrage on racism.

Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee cites racism as source of United Airlines incident in a statement | Fox News

Is there anything libs won't blame racism on? Seriously, we're way beyond ridiculousness.
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Alright, which airline did this?

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A woman received an apology from United Airlines after a snafu involving a well-known Democratic congresswoman, Jon Scott reported.
Somehow I'm not shocked.
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well sure and the beat goes on. Sad thing is dog man, it's exactly what all the businesses do, from Exxon, to Monsanto, to Lockheed, to Bank of America etc etc etc..
"They have to do what is in their best interest. " right?
that's the problem with gov't and big biz, they are in bed with each other.
While the politicians pretend that they are working for the people... or the left's or the right's ideals.
but the sad reality is that the political class and big biz are just doing "what is in their best interest."
so yes ,while others make excuses and shrug off the behavior, i do blame them, though i'd probably be with the minority doing so.

even though kickbacks, gifts etc are actually against the law for the political class (of any party) and gov't workers to receive. In reality it happens everyday in various ways large and small and people just look the other way, or pretend (or faithfully believe) it's being done for other reasons, especially if their side does it.
I hear ya! but how will it ever change? I would say that the politicians would have to change first. But I don't see that happening.
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2015 article:

Is It Wrong That Members of Congress Get Special Treatment from the Airlines?
by Gary Leff on May 29, 2015
In dismissing Members of Congress signing a letter of support for US airlines against the Middle East carriers, the Business Travel Coalition’s Kevin Mitchel writes in The Hill,
Members are allowed to double and triple book flights home from Washington and pay nothing week in and week out for multiple changes while, in contrast, ordinary citizens can pay hundreds of dollars to make just a single flight change.
Airlines cultivate a cozy relationship with members through that practice as well as special reservations desks that begin the very exceptional treatment members receive throughout the entire travel experience.
I’ve explained this before, of course. And I’m not sure exactly how I feel about it.
Government fares are refundable and changeable anyway. That’s not inherently coddling of legislators in exchange for favors. The government is a huge travel buyer and negotiates this.
Members of Congress do get special accommodations, though, and dedicated assistance in holding space on a number of flights. Then again, I’ve been double booked my American Airlines club agents on a not infrequent basis (during irregular operations).
Mitchell could have highlighted the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee dating one of the airline industry’s top lobbyists (and his staff director formerly serving as an industry lobbyist, and his chief of staff being married to one). There’s little question that legislators bend towards US airline lobbyists.
And Delta, for instance, comps elite status to key politicians.
Members of Congress get special parking at Washington’s National airport as well. There are perks that the rest of us don’t get, because we don’t exercise the power of the state...
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United Wasn’t the Only Airline To Run Special Flights for Politicians, Here’s Some of the Bennies Pols Get
by Gary Leff on September 15, 2015
Ted Reed writes, “Why Dump Smisek?” considering that United is hardly the first airline to fly a route at the behest of a politician, or more broadly to bestow favors and favored treatments on politicians.
Here of course he refers to United’s “Chairman’s flight” between Newark and Columbia, South Carolina requested by and operated for the benefit of the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey which oversees Newark airport where United operates a hub.
While the incident is embarrassing for United, and distancing themselves from their former Chief Executive helps distance themselves from a federal criminal investigation, it serves at least as pretext for ridding themselves of a CEO of an airline that hasn’t managed to complete merger integration after 5 years. has reliability and major IT issues, and has lost many corporate customers in recent years. Ridding themselves of ‘the Smisek problem’ would have been nearly impossible in an environment with such low fuel prices that the airline cannot help but generate record profits (albeit with lower margins than competitors).
Nonetheless, Reed’s point is well taken: airlines frequently cozy up to politicians in exchange for favors.
Despite nominal ‘deregulation’ the only regulation that’s really been eliminating in the airline industry is the government dictating which carriers can fly where and at what price.
...
So it’s no surprise that they want to stay on the good side of those agencies, and their leadership — although they do not usually cross the lines that United and Smisek apparently did in the case of the Columbia flight.
Reed points out that US Airways has operated flights for politicians before:
According to a former US Airways executive, who asked not to be named, routes that were started or expanded in the 1990s and 2000s in order to benefit politicians included National/Charleston, S.C., home of South Carolina Sen. Ernest Hollings, who was ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; National/Portland, Maine, accommodating Sen. Olympia Snow (R) ; and National/Rochester, N.Y., home of U.S. Rep Louise Slaughter.
He further points out an old arrangement US Airways had to offer flight discounts to a single Senator.
In 2002, The Charlotte Observer reported that US Airways had a special arrangement with Sen. Hollings and his wife: If they complained about high fares, they could get lower ones.
I’d add that it’s not surprising the Chairman of the Port Authority would feel empowered to ask for special treatment, considering the special airport treatment that members of the commission received as well.
Don’t forget Delta’s elite status comps to all the top politicians in Georgia. (“You know you’re unimportant when you just get Delta Platinum.”)....
I didn't realize how often Muslims get kicked off planes, until it happened to me
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...t-islamophobia


California Family Kicked Off Delta Flight, Threatened With Jail, Foster Care for Refusing to Give Up Tot’s Seat
A California family says they were kicked off a flight — and threatened with jail for the adults and "foster care" for the children — for refusing to give up a seat for their 2-year-old son, despite having paid for it, in the latest controversy for a major airline that was caught on video.
Brian and Brittany Schear, of Huntington Beach, California, told NBC News that they had already boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Maui to Los Angeles with their two infant children on April 23 when they were kicked off the plane following an argument with officials.
The Schears said they were then forced to find their own hotel, transportation and purchase new tickets for a flight the next day — all after midnight.
Brian Schear said the family had initially purchased a ticket for their teenage son on the red-eye flight, but decided to send him home early so that their 2-year-old could have a seat on the plane. The couple was also traveling with a 1-year-old. ...
just search "kicked off of plane" and you'll find hundreds of stories of how airlines play favorites and discriminate for bogus reasons.
I suspect for being a Trump supporter ...or NOT being one... might have been among the reasons.

And AZ, congress members of the right and left get perks and special treatment. Been going on forever.
And sadly many folks on the right often defend airlines when they decide to MIS-treat random customers for BS "safety" reasons, or even UNSPOKEN reasons, based on the concept of private Airlines have the right... too make up bs rules on the fly... rather than treating ALL customers well/respectfully and equally based on clear established rules.

the regulations of Airlines is another story, and has little to nothing do with Airlines treating ALL customers with fairness and common decency. they should NOT need any regulations to do that should they?
The challenge was to cite comments endorsing these special treatments for politicians from RW commentators on PW. That was in response to the claim they endorsed businesses doing anything to customers. You have news articles showing businesses pandering to politicians but that wasn't the challenge.
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Bumped United passenger fires back at Rep. Jackson Lee's racism charge, airline | Fox News
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So SJL has a habit of doing this to people. I guess she is better than other people.

I heard yesterday that her full name is "Sheila Andrew Jackson Robert E. Lee"
I think it's time we tear her down.
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Way to go, Sheila!

Next time someone says libs care 'bout the "regular people...."

Airline Apologizes to Woman Who Said Her First-Class Seat Was Given to Top Dem | Fox News Insider

Sheila Jackson Lee via twitter:

Here’s my statement surrounding incident on United Airlines flight 2 Mondays ago:

“I am disappointed in having to respond to this accusation, but I believe transparency is very important. Unfortunately, it looks like Grinch is trying to steal the spirit of the holiday.
“Last Monday, I arrived at the airport to catch my flight to Washington to continue my fight to get Hurricane Harvey funds back to Texas and other hard hit areas, along with funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and of course, trying
“to stop a tax bill that was going to cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

After receiving my boarding pass, I boarded the plane in the normal process. I did nothing wrong. I asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary and received nothing
”exceptional or out of the ordinary. I proceeded to take my seat and work on legislative issues on my way to Washington.

Although I was not involved, I observed a disruption by an individual walking back and forth in the cabin. I could overhear her speaking with a flight attendant (an African American woman).
I saw the gate agent go to the seat of the individual who was walking back and forth before we took off.

I later came to understand that the individual had canceled her own flight. However I had nothing to do with that.
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I hear ya! but how will it ever change? I would say that the politicians would have to change first. But I don't see that happening.
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Sheila Jackson Lee via twitter:

Here’s my statement surrounding incident on United Airlines flight 2 Mondays ago:

“I am disappointed in having to respond to this accusation, but I believe transparency is very important. Unfortunately, it looks like Grinch is trying to steal the spirit of the holiday.
“Last Monday, I arrived at the airport to catch my flight to Washington to continue my fight to get Hurricane Harvey funds back to Texas and other hard hit areas, along with funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and of course, trying
“to stop a tax bill that was going to cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

After receiving my boarding pass, I boarded the plane in the normal process. I did nothing wrong. I asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary and received nothing
”exceptional or out of the ordinary. I proceeded to take my seat and work on legislative issues on my way to Washington.

Although I was not involved, I observed a disruption by an individual walking back and forth in the cabin. I could overhear her speaking with a flight attendant (an African American woman).
I saw the gate agent go to the seat of the individual who was walking back and forth before we took off.

I later came to understand that the individual had canceled her own flight. However I had nothing to do with that.
So the racy thing is not working out. Lets try I was carrying bags full of money for hurricane victims kids health care, and mebbee stop the mean ol' Republicans from stealing your money. And no one would help me but that really nice black stewardess.

Sheila you're a lying POS.
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