August 24th, 2009

Travel

In the news: Continental Airlines & Mesaba ridiculous-ness in Minnesota

Last week, 47 passengers and crew on a Continental Airlines flight were stranded on the tarmac in Minnesota overnight...  Left on the plane, with only pretzels to eat & with lavatories overflowing, from midnight until 6am...

The Continental Airlines plane was diverted from it's intended destination (Minneapolis) because of thunderstorms and when they arrived in Rochester, MN, they were not permitted to de-plane (despite the crew members' pleas for assistance). All because, supposedly, the airport terminal was "closed" and the Mesaba customer service agents in the airport wouldn't assist. Mesaba, of course, denies these allegations.


Snippets from CNN article:
In audiotapes released by the Transportation Department, the unnamed captain of the aircraft can be heard pleading with an airline dispatcher to find a way to get the passengers off the plane.

"We're stuck here with no lavs, no nothing -- no food," he says. "And they won't let them get off because the terminal is closed."

Later, the dispatcher tells the captain that he has spoken to the commuter airline's representative and that "she says there is nothing she can do to help us out. She's not going to let them off the plane."

"That's ridiculous," the captain responds.

The flight's 47 passengers described crying babies, overflowing toilets and cramped conditions.

Click here to read the full story on CNN.

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33 of Glenn Beck's advertisers pull ads from show



Following "racist" comment regarding President Obama, 33 companies that formerly advertised on Glenn Beck's show on FoxNews have directed their ads not be aired during his show anymore. At least 1 company has pulled advertising from the FoxNews channel as a whole.

Companies that have directed that their advertising no longer be aired during Glenn Beck show include:
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
- CVS Caremark
- Procter & Gamble
- Progressive Insurance
- Travelocity
- Clorox
- Sprint
- LexisNexis-owned Lawyers.com
- Allergan (maker of Restasis)
- Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services)
- Best Buy
- Broadview Security
- Re-Bath
- The UPS Store (pulled ads from entire FoxNews channel)

In explaining why they pulled ads from Beck's program, a spokesperson from CVS Caremark stated: "We support vigorous debate, especially around policy issues that affect millions of Americans, but we expect it to be informed, inclusive and respectful."

Associated Press article here.

Do you want to see the comments Beck made that got him in trouble? Click here to watch on YouTube.


Edit 8/25/09:

Additional companies distancing themselves from Beck:
- Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids)
- Ancestry.com
- AT&T
- Blaine Labs Inc.
- Campbell Soup Company
- Ditech
- The Elations Company
- Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com)
- Farmers Insurance Group
- Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol)
- Lowe's
- NutriSystem
- Verizon Wireless.