A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

TRAVEL NEWS April 11, 2017 How Much Would United Pay Today to Make It All Go Away? George Hobica Founder & Editor-in-Chief

TRAVEL NEWS April 11, 2017
How Much Would United Pay Today to Make It All Go Away?
George Hobica
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Already this year we’ve had the Hawaiian Airlines “blanket” incident, the United Airlines “leggings” incident, and now, much, much, much worse, the United “dragged off the plane” public relations disaster.
All the facts aren't available yet, but it appears that the passenger now famously dragged down the aisle of a United plane operating from Chicago to Louisville, refused to give up his seat for a United employee who had to travel that night.
United offered passengers financial compensation (reports say it was as much as $800) to give up their seats but one passenger, who was already seated and may have been "chosen by computer” (which probably means by frequent flier status, fare paid, and when the flight was booked), refused the compensation and was forcibly removed.
What shocks me is that the gate agent or station manager in charge of the flight should have and could have increased the offer so that some other passenger would have eventually grabbed it. What would it have taken? A free flight on United anywhere in the world in first class? A few thousand dollars? Five? Ten? Ten would have been the best investment United made this year.
From what I can tell, this was not just a classic "oversell" situation where United sold more seats on the plane than there were seats, a situation governed by U.S. DOT rules. In addition to being oversold, for some reason, United (actually, United Express) needed to get employees to Louisville to operate a flight (didn't realize Louisville was such a vital airport for United or its United Express subcontractor; certainly hope these employees didn't need to get to Louisville "just because").
Whatever it would have taken to get just one more passenger to volunteer to deplane now looks like peanuts compared to the lost revenue from passengers refusing to fly the not-so-friendly skies, and the lawsuit that will certainly be filed and, no doubt, settled out of court. We're probably talking hundreds of thousands here.
In my opinion, United's statements to the media so far are just making matters worse.
Charlie Hobart, a United spokesman, told the New York Times today: “we had asked several times, politely” for the man to relinquish his seat before force was used.
“We had a customer who refused to leave the aircraft,” he told The Times. “We have a number of customers on board that aircraft, and they want to get to their destination on time and safely, and we want to work to get them there."
“Since that customer refused to leave the aircraft, we had to call the Chicago Police Department, and they came on board,” he continued.
United first sought volunteers to relinquish their seats with compensation, but none stepped forward, Hobart told The Times. Four passengers were selected to be bumped, and three left without incident, he said.
Even more shocking, the ejected passenger, now with a bloodied face and obviously in shock, was let back on the plane. We will be hearing about this story for days to come. Perhaps weeks.
The only possible silver lining: just as the industry learns how to prevent the next accident by carefully studying what caused the last one, I hope that airlines will similarly learn from this public relations disaster. United could have negotiated with passengers by upping the bumping compensation rather than resorting to force.
I’ll bet that today United would pay whatever it takes to make this go away. They should have done that last night.
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