Turning Down $2000 United Travel Voucher and TSA’s Ask Me Anything

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  1. Travel as a family of 4 including 2 children, we always been treated nicely and courteously by TSA agents. We wish them Merry Christmas & Happy New Year especially for working now during the heaving holiday season.

  2. TSA agents are wrongly maligned as they are the first line of defense against some crazy right wing (always) terrorist or Trumpanzee taking out a jetliner. They have always been pleasant to me, sometimes engagingly so. It is wrong to belittle them as they have an important job. It you don’t think so just imagine what would happen if they weren’t there.

  3. We have really nice TSA agents in Helena. I fly a lot, and it’s really a good start to your 5:25 AM (tomorrow) morning to deal with nice people. Just sayin’.

    PS, I’m wondering about the heaving holiday season that @Kalboz is preparing for this year….

  4. @Gary – an equipment swap to a 773 on MIA-LAX wouldn’t guarantee access to FF dining on its own. They’d have to explicitly amend the rules too, because as currently written that access is only allowed on the two specific city pairs named. The fact that AA doesn’t even grant AC access on this route for paid J makes me think that AA doesn’t consider it a “real” transcontinental flight anymore!

  5. @CW – when they ran 3-cabin equipment on the route it was a true flagship route, if they brought back 3-cabin equipment i’d expect them to treat it the same way but of course it is not guaranteed.

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