Except that wasn't the case:
Except that wasn't the case:
Works well and is cost-effective. If my other half and I go into London from where we live in the suburbs, it's invariably cheaper to drive and pay out the nose for parking than it is to get the train. Not a few pence cheaper - around double the cost. And we're not far from London at all; we're in the commuter belt.
Yeah, that damn liberal Conservative party. They'll be the ruin of this country, I tell you.
Do your bloody homework!
As someone who grew up in an Arab country still technically at war with Israel, and with a passport filled with Arabic stamps, I had a very courteous experience with El Al security both at LTN and TLV. Maybe it's because I've flown in and our of JED (and RUH) 50+ times, and I'm used to Saudi security, I didn't find the folks at Ben Gurion too bad at all. Always very polite.
The story above sounds a bit fishy as well - a little bit too horrible for an international travel experience.
How can you be so arrogant as to assume English is his/her first language. Que barbaro!
You can still appear on radar w/out a functioning transponder. You just won't have any altitude data, squawk code etc. I've had a Mode C transponder fail in flight - we didn't just disappear from the controller's screen.
** Except the UK for 1, 2, 4 and 5...
It would cost me nearly £10 per day to commute 15mi each way on the train. Compare that with around £3 in my (1.0L engined) car. The UK is back-asswards when it comes to public transport. Even the bus to the station would cost me almost as much as driving to my damn office.
(not an armchair pilot here either - commercial multi engine rated).
Autoland does just fine with windy conditions. IIRC (and this may have changed) the 777 is/was certified for a higher crosswind component with autoland enabled than under manual control.
> Punch a few half-inch holes in the skin and the pumps will just compensate by increasing the flow a bit
Not necessarily true. Put a hole in the pressure vessel in the wrong place and that escaping air will do a lot of damage. Some good examples of what explosive decompression can do out there (JAL comes to mind, Aloha too if memory serves).
I just got back from the US (British citizen) and a couple of years ago I went to Israel to visit my then-girlfriend (now wife).
TSA wasn't as bad as I thought and even though we both requested not to go through the scanner the staff were polite and professional (this was at El Paso, and later at Orlando-MCO). I've had more, erm , invasive patdowns before and they explain everything. However, it seems to me that they give the same level of scrutiny to everyone.
Flying to and from Israel (on El Al certainly) there's a level of profiling. They come through the check-in line "chatting" to people, looking for holes in their story and subconscious giveaways that they're lying. Me, I lived in Saudi Arabia for years and had Egyptian stamps in my passport, so I was deemed in need of a few extra searches, but nothing out of the ordinary. My wife, on the other hand, an Israeli national, gets basically no questions when travelling back. Again they were very professional, even friendly.
So, I'd say the US system is pretty thorough with everyone, whereas Israeli security find out early on if you're a person of interest and if you are, they take a bit more time to "chat" to you.
I'm sure I'd use my fair share of foul language if some stranger started following me at night. Might even throw a punch if I was really worried they were up to something.
Causation doesn't equal correlation. Also the key word is "can."
Yeah, this. Maybe I'm lucky to work somewhere that management is sympathetic to personal crises. But sacking a guy who just got divorced? Not cool. How would you feel if the situation were reversed? Would you "roll with it?"
This. A thousand times.
Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan