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USAir 1549 PAX: Demand FREE Lifetime UPGRADE!

Amish RakeFight

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Here come the lawsuits...

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01302009/news/regionalnews/survivors_gilt_152720.htm

We crash-landed in the Hudson River - but all we got were these lousy upgrades!

US Airways sent a raft of "frigid" letters to the 150 passengers of miracle Flight 1549 (above) saying their death-defying ordeal has earned them top customer status - but for just one year, The Post has learned.

Some who were on the plane - brought down by a flock of geese after takeoff from La Guardia Airport on Jan. 15 - said the temporary tease of first-class perks is for the birds.

"I think if you survive a plane crash, being upgraded permanently is a good gesture too," said Fred Berretta, 41, of Charlotte, NC, where the Airbus A320 was headed.

Manhattanite Tess Sosa, who escaped the sinking plane with her husband and two small children, thought the airline was too focused on self-congratulations - and "they want to exonerate themselves as much as they can."

"They are happy they had such amazing results, and they applaud themselves, and then give us a small token?" she said. "That's how I take it."

The airline announced the upgrades and other perks last week in a letter Sosa described as "frigid" at best.
CEO Doug Parker wrote that passengers would get "coveted" Chairman's Preferred status - but only until March 2010.

The membership gives each passenger and a companion first-class domestic travel when seats are available, one upgrade to Europe or Hawaii, choice seats and priority check-in.

"We would very much like to see you on a future US Airways flight soon," Parker wrote.

Berretta said he's not sure what would be the perfect solution.

"It's hard to gauge what the right thing to do is," he said.

Some said they weren't in a rush to get on another plane.

"I'm looking at how many times I'm going to use it - and if I'm going to use it at all," said George Morgado, 32, of Chicopee, Mass., calling the offer "OK."
Sosa agreed.

"My husband is not going to want to get on a plane for at least a year," she said.

The airline earned some passengers' praise for quickly sending out $5,000 checks for lost luggage and other expenses. And the company said passengers will be able to make claims for more expenses in the future.

A spokesman for the US Airways said passengers did not have to waive their rights to sue in order to accept the checks or the Chairman's Preferred membership. Some have already contacted lawyers.

Barry Leonard, of Charlotte, argued that "US Airways has bent over backwards to help everyone on the flight."

At La Guardia yesterday, other US Airways travelers were shocked by the airline's lowballing.

"You're going to crash me into the water, and you're going to tell me all I get is an upgrade?" asked Antonio Sales, 20, who was traveling with the University of South Carolina's track team. "That's more of an 'OK, you're not dead, I'll give you something to hold on to.' It's not enough at all."

Teammate Gabrielle Glenn, 20, was more blunt: "That's it. They should sue."
 

Crzipilot

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Tell 'em to go talk to the geeze. I swear. Ok people.. Your stuffing yourself into a Large Aluminum Tube, going 7 miles above the earth at .80 the speed of sound. Is there NOT some risk involved there??? Just be glad you walked away alive and move one. Stupid....
 

Amish RakeFight

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"They are happy they had such amazing results, and they applaud themselves, and then give us a small token?" she said. "That's how I take it."

How about the token of LIFE you FKN idiot. Thanks to their well-trained crew.

What a POS.
 

Dizel8

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Huh?
"They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into........................"
 

Tweaker

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My contempt for these "customers" has now been raised to heretofor unforseen levels. I now understand why the crusty captains would act as they do regarding turbulence, and hard landings, i.e. their near contempt for the cattle.

I used to respectfully say something, but never again. I will just laugh with them and think of these mouthbreathing wastes of skin. I miss flying boxes.
 
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aewanabe

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Wow. ******************** them.
 

OldManPilot

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As always I am amazed at the greed of people. Rather than just being thankful that they survived an unforseen event, they think they should all be millionaires as well. Sorry folks be thankful your alive. That in itself should be all the reward you should want! Greedy Greedy Greedy!!!
 

say again

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F-ing people are amazing. I guess saving peoples lives isn't worth a damn these days.
 

Amish RakeFight

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Maybe they can ALL go on a "free" flight somewhere... Let's call it a "sky diving" reunion.

These people need to seriously STFU. I wonder if you proposed possible death versus a water landing and NO compensation from USAir, what would they choose. Personally, I wish each person who sues bad luck in life. Sounds silly, but I hope they get screwed somehow. The lack of ethics is increible.
 

Captain Morgan

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I wonder if you proposed possible death versus a water landing and NO compensation from USAir, what would they choose.

"Hay!!!... What about this!? If you had a choice of being the top scientist in your field, or getting mad cow disease, what would it be?"
 

jonjuan

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Jesus H....If this happened in the 50s or 60s, the pax would get together and fund the college education of the crew members kids.
 

Dan Roman

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Looks like the only mistake Sully made was going back through the cabin and making sure everyone was off.
There are some pretty pathetic people in this country, thank God there are also a lot more good people out there.
 

Stifler's Mom

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US Air mgmt. shouldn't have raised the stakes so quickly. I would have started with waiving the $2 drink charge for lifetime travel, and then hope that we would have settled on a Free Upgrade for a Year.
 

Browntothebone

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My contempt for these "customers" has now been raised to heretofor unforseen levels. I now understand why the crusty captains would act as they do regarding turbulence, and hard landings, i.e. their near contempt for the cattle.

I used to respectfully say something, but never again. I will just laugh with them and think of these mouthbreathing wastes of skin. I miss flying boxes.


I DON'T miss NEVER having flown people! :D
 
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