Weekend what we’re reading: World’s rudest tourists, USAir/AA merger may be good for consumers, runaway runway puppy

by Charlie Leocha on April 28, 2012

This weekend we look at the world’s rudest tourists, examine the possibilities of a USAirways/AA merger and its effect on consumers, and finally, report on a runaway puppy that stopped air traffic at La Guardia.

France wins accolades as world’s rudest tourists

It seems that the ugly American has been replaced with the ugly Frenchman, Russian, Brit, German and Chinese. In a survey, Skyskcanner, a European flight search engine, U.S. travelers seem to have developed a kinder and gentler reputation rather than ugly.

Here are the 10 rudest countries on Skyscanner’s list:

1. France
2. Russia
3. United Kingdom
4. Germany
5. Others
6. China
7. United States
8. Spain
9. Italy
10. Poland

Will a USAir/AA merger be best for consumers?

In most mergers, the changes in competition wreak havoc on passengers and eventually mean prices will rise. But, in this world of only four sizable domestic airlines — Delta, United, Southwest and a USAir/AA combination — and three international airline alliances, will there be much less competition?

A deal here could work to the advantage of consumers. Keep in mind that on a stand-alone basis, American and especially US Airways lack the scale to excel. A combination would create a powerful competitor to United and Delta for domestic as well as international routes. The new company would provide a counterweight to other huge global airlines such as Lufthansa and Air France. It would be better positioned to compete for emerging-market routes as well. Don’t count it out.

La Guardia flights delayed when dog flees Delta jet and sprints to runway

A runaway dog stopped air traffic at La Guardia. Unable to capture the pooch, the airline brought the owner of the dog onto the runway to get the animal back and on its way.

A puppy took flight at La Guardia Airport yesterday, speeding down a busy runway and dodging planes and a posse of desperate pursuers.

Taxiing airliners ground to a screeching halt, giving their passengers front-row views of the spectacle that at one point saw a frustrated worker get down on his hands and knees in an unsuccessful attempt to convince the 14-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback, named Byrdie, to surrender.

When they finally got back to the plane, workers loaded Byrdie in her crate — and they took no chances. It was shut “with 20 zip ties to triple-check she couldn’t get out, …”

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  • Anonymous

    You are truly mistaken by this merger being anything but good.  As they would assume the name AA and forego US Airways, US Air would be the facilitator, therefore all policies would be under US Air, just as Continental policies are now under United.  US Air has the worst change fee policy in the industry bar none.  No residuals on exchanges, must buy at current rates on return exchanges plus the penalty, plus I don’t care attitudes when dealing with them.  They truly rip every customer off when they do an exchange, let alone not know what their policy ios when you call them.  Also, since US Air has no soft dollar rewards program for businesses like Delta and United has, that would also go bye bye.  Also with one less carrier, prices are going to go up to the consumer even more with less competition.  Uniteds went up at least $100 on certain routes after the merger was completed and everyone else followed.

  • Joelw

    I very much doubt that an American/USAir combination would be good for anyone. Doug Parker has yet to complete the merger with America West si I have a hard time believing he could succeeed with American. It’s far more likely that AA will enter into some sort of agreement with the BA/Iberia group.

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