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The True Friend of Liberty

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the passenger airline industry is a huge, historic example of the failure of capitalism. Capitalism is supposed to provide people with the goods and services they want with satisfactory quality at a fair and affordable price. That is really the whole justification of it. By and large, it has been successful in this. But not in regard to the airline industry. Can anyone think of another industry providing a wide-spread general customer base with goods and services, the majority of whose customers hate, loathe, and despise what they buy and groan with anticipatory dread whenever they are faced with the prospect of buying it?

guest-aaawwwmj

The good news is that they only killed one.
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Better news is that they didn't freeze it to sell as meat by-products.
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Dead puppies found in kitchen freezer at alleged puppy mill in Texas
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DALLAS -- The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) seized 72 dogs and puppies from an alleged puppy mill in Canton, Texas. CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports 12 deceased dogs were found individually wrapped in plastic bags in the kitchen freezer.
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dead-puppies-found-kitchen-freezer-puppy-mil...
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The Dead Puppies song by Ogden Edsl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjFTubAdXP8
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Mom says puppy's days are through
She's gonna throw him in the stew
Dead puppies aren't much fun
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The Live version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcPvl6oEN-Y
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NSFTL
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guest-aaawwwmj

"I boarded an airplane yesterday, and wound up in a zoo."
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Apologies to Rodney Dangerfield
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What's next?
The FAA will enacting a regulation requiring airlines to seat all animals in First Class?
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Sir Alex is gone long live Sir Alex

To be fair moving animals around is much higher risk than humans unless the owner is carrying them in a pet carrier and put them on a purchased seat. Pets really should require some decent payment by owners, it strikes me as a bit of freeriding for the airline to carry the pet and charge as though it were a piece of luggage when it needs so much more specialised handling.

LQSnPcqL6o

Unfortunately United's culture of disservice goes from top to bottom. It's not surprising that they abuse pets when they uniformly treat their human customers like animals. After flying 2 million plus miles on United, I can say that American and Delta are uneven in customer service, but the surliness and aggressiveness of United employees seems to be bred into them for consistency.

The True Friend of Liberty

"GULLIVER recently wrote about a pet that suffered a grizzly end ..."

Either the animal in question was eaten by a large bear, or the state of journalism has sunk so low that even the staff of the most prestigious journals are now incapable of writing proper English.