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Has US Airways Treated Passenger Survivors Fairly?

A modest pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger seemed to think his hero's welcome-home parade was more than enough a couple weekends ago, but some passengers from Flight 1549 feel that US Airways has not taken the appropriate steps to make up for their near death experience.

Since the crash landing in the Hudson River, the survivors (aka everyone on board) has received $5,000 for lost luggage and other expenses. In addition, the airline has given them premier status . . . for a year. The status includes first-class domestic travel (when available) and one upgrade to Europe or Hawaii.


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"gimme gimme gimme" its all i hear nowadays. Save my house, extend my unemployment (even though i can work)...and so on and so forth. its disgusting.
foxie foxie 8 years
LOL - Where have you been that you didn't realize it was an accident?
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
I would like to take my vote back. I voted no, how about an upgrade for life, before knowing the full story. I was under the impression that the airline had knowingly put them on a faulty plane, and in that case, I believe an upgrade for life would be in order. However, in light of it being a complete and total accident and in no way the airlines fault, these people are whiners and need to get on with their lives. I could understand if, perhaps, one of them is having severe post-traumatic stress syndrome or some such, maybe seeking some kind of reimbursement for therapy bills (and even THAT is a far stretch), but they were reimbursed for their luggage and "expenses" (WTF, does THAT mean?), so they should be happy they survived and were reimbursed even that far, considering it was a complete accident.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
bastyle, the thing about this landing is that many planes have landed on water, and this is the first one that didn't break apart and sink almost immediately. It was a team effort, though, and the real heroes are the two tug boat captains who forced their boats against the plane, which helped keep the plane afloat.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
People asking for more have some great big hairy ones. That's all I can say.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I think one of the reasons that the passengers are feeling falsly entiled to more is because people have put the Captain "Sulley" on such a pedestal. Don't get me wrong he did a great thing, but at the end of the day he's the captain and he did his job, so for him to be on every news channel, at the superbowl, the white house, a parade in Danville, CA ( seriously I saw this on the local news this morning and was shocked) it places astronomical attention on the specific crash i.e. the passengers feel like they too are on this level.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Lukin, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. And you're right that they probably wouldn't have gotten such sweet treatment if it hadn't been so public.
Lukin Lukin 8 years
I was involved in a very similar incident with U.S. Airways a few years ago. The plane I was on hit a flock of birds during take-off and had to make an emergency landing. Admittedly, it was not nearly as dramatic and harrowing as the one on the Hudson, but it was still an emergency (complete with the very scary brace positions while landing) nonetheless. Obviously, the plane was okay and no one lost any property; we got a $50 voucher towards another U.S. Airways flight and a free headset for the next flight... but we also got treated like crap and basically ridiculed and eye-rolled at by the U.S. Airways staff for being upset (because they were people very badly shaken up and crying, including myself!) about what had happened. I'm sure the airline is only giving them this level of service and compensation because the whole world is watching. I mean, I don't think they deserve anything more because it was an accident and not the company's fault... but I don't think they're really altruistic, either!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Uhm sorry survivors but I think they've received more than enough (under the circumstances). This was a freak accident. Now if the Airline was in someway responsible for the accident then I would sing a different tune. I feel what they've received already is not only fair compensation but they've received more than what's fair because of something called (public relations).
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
My aunt and grandmother got $100 each for lost luggage ... and they came over here from Bangladesh. There was more than $100 worth of stuff lost in those bags. The survivors should be happy that they got so much monetary compensation for a domestic flight.
Myst Myst 8 years
Why are people such a-holes these days. Just be glad you came out alive and you still got money that's probably worth more than what was in your luggage.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
It's fair, and on some level asking for much more is kind of selfish and self grateful you survived sheesh! And it wasn't US Airways fault it was basically an "act of God" that caused this acident, it US Airway was at fault I could see asking for money etc but this is not that type of case.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
ooops, should have clarified. what is wrong with the people who are asking for more money? could they be any more selfish?
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
what is wrong with these people? that's just sad.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
It's about the most perfect looking macaroon I've ever seen. :D
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Seems fair to me unless you lost luggage worth more than $5000 in which case why were you bringing so much valuable stuff on a plane where it could get lost.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I seems fair to me too!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
OMG I want to reach through the sceen and eat that macaroon!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Wow. I'm wondering what else they want out of this? They survived-which is enough compensation for me, honestly.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Who voted "no" on that?!!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Wow what selfish people.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Yeah, I would be happy with the $5,000 and the fact that I survived. It's not like I would bring anything worth more than that traveling anyway.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I would just be happy to have survived!
telewyo telewyo 8 years
It's called an accident because it was accidental...not due to any negligence by the they should be happy they survived and with what the airline already gave them.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I think they should be grateful the airline has reimbursed them as much as they have. It's not the airline's fault that some birds flew in the way. If the airline had been at fault for the accident, that'd be another thing entirely. They passengers should be glad US Airways had such a well trained pilot on that plane.
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