“Deadly Assumptions” – Who’s To Blame For The 737 MAX Problems?

This Sunday, I was paging through my Twitter feed and saw an article from The New York Times titled: Boeing Built Deadly Assumptions Into 737 Max, Blind to a Late Design ChangeDespite the sensationalistic headline, I went to check it out (amazingly, I still do, occasionally, have time to read things besides other travel blogs). 

As it turns out, the article is a fascinating look into the history of the 737 MAX and its maligned MCAS computer system. I’ve read many posts on the subject but each one tended to focus on a singular aspect of the plane or the two crashes. This article puts everything into perspective, putting the pieces together. 

I took several things away from the NYT’s article which I’ll start talking about here. I’m not going to repost the content of the article, so if you’re going to keep reading this, go to the Times website first. You get five free articles a month. I’ll wait.  Continue reading ““Deadly Assumptions” – Who’s To Blame For The 737 MAX Problems?”

The Three Reasons I’m Relieved I Was Avoiding Flights On The 737 MAX

Ever since the 737 MAX started flying in the US on October 1, 2017, I’d never flown on one. I had plenty of chances to do so but when booking flights, I actively avoided flying on one if I could. This wasn’t some sort of innate sense of concern about the plane’s safety; instead, I didn’t fly on one because the in-flight experience was worse than what was available on other planes flying the same routes.

Looking to the immediate and long term future, there are other reasons I’m relieved I didn’t book our flights on the 737 MAX.

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American Airlines Mucking Up Saver Awards & Bathrooms, Sneak Peek at Galaxy’s Edge, & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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American Airlines 737-800 Has The Worst Economy Seat, And They’re Making It Even Worse

I’m sure American Airlines wasn’t thinking about the 737-800 when they put the ad telling you to rate the seat on Tripit into the seat back pocket. If they were, they might have tried a little harder to make sitting in one of their seats a less miserable experience. I can’t put my finger on exactly what made the seat feel as bad as it did. Was it the narrow seat width? Maybe it was the seat pitch (distance from the seat in front). It could have been we were already in a bad mood after having to deal with surly gate agents trying to check as many carry on bags as possible, even if they were the correct size.

I did some checking on narrow body jets we’ve flown on this year and American’s 737-8 ranks towards the bottom of seat comfort metrics, but not the worst. So why did American seem so much worse than it looks on paper and how could they make it any worse?

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Increasing Bag Fees, Loyalty Program Updates, A Closing Attraction & More

HAPPY SUNDAY y’all – we hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Here are some travel articles we’ve seen recently that we think you may like:

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