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Wheew-I got nervous until I saw the date. We're leaving tomorrow for a week in Las Vegas and taking Delta. We flew Delta in December to Tokyo and they had threatened to strike then too.
Our flight home from Tokyo was horrible. The plane was packed-and we really couldn't get up to walk around at all-for more than 12 hours-and the video wasn't working so NO movies-just a black screen in front of us. The food was edible but it was the only thing we had to look forward to during the flight.
IMO, the pilots are already cutting their own throats on this one. Continued threats of a strike can't be good for business. I know that I won't consider Delta after there were threats when I already had two flights booked on Delta last year. I'm not taking that chance again.
I know there are issues that need to be worked out on both sides but cutting off your nose to spite you face doesn't seem like the best tactic in the world.
Air France employees can do their annoying one day strikes (I have been caught by them twice), but the airline is still making a healthy profit. A prolonged strike against a struggling carrier, however, is a different matter.
It is more like holding the head of a drowning man under water.
Since many of the European and Asian network carriers are profitable and none of ours are, I think it is time to reconsider letting some of them buy up the floundering US carriers. If some of the US network carriers think SW and Jet Blue are tough competition, they should look at the much lower fares of European LCC's like www.easyjet.com and www.ryanair.com , yet many of the European network carriers seem to do just fine anyway.