From: email@example.com (Jay Vassos-Libove) Date: 16 Dec 93 01:50:23 PST Organization: Digital Equipment Corporation, Atlanta Customer Support Center
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A co-worker of mine was on an American Airlines flight shortly after Allegheny became part of USAir, and was listening in on the Air Traffic Control frequency care of American's onboard entertainment system, when an interesting incident occurred. Evidently, an Air Traffic Controller, upon receiving the USAir pilot's request for initial approach instructions, responded with "Allegheny flight so-and-so...." instead of "USAir flight so-and-so....". The USAir pilot radioed back "Tower, this is USAir flight so-and-so, please repeat your last instruction." ATC repeated "Allegheny flight so-and-so....". The pilot tried one more time, and the tower replied with something like "Allegheny flight so-and-so, do you have a problem?" The USAir pilot replied that the airline "Allegheny" no longer existed, and to please use the correct name "USAir". The ATC response then was to order the USAir flight to swing around and attach itself to the end of a line of planes, all heavies except for itself (a 727), effectively "punishing" the pilot (and everybody else on board) with a very rough ride, for simply insisting on the ATC using the correct call sign for the aircraft. My co-worker feels that part of the ATC's motivation was that the pilot of the USAir 727 was female (one of the early US commercial airline female pilots?). The American pilot did not cut off the audio at that point, and my co-worker also recalls some radio traffic which made it quite clear that the pilots in the heavies that had been following the USAir 727 did not approve of the ATC's actions. Does anyone have any official reports on this incident? I'd love to see that the ATC got his *ss kicked for his actions. Thanks! -- Jay Vassos-Libove firstname.lastname@example.org Digital Equipment Corporation decwrl!alf.dec.com!libove Atlanta Customer Support Center Opinions? They're mine, mine, all mine! Alpharetta, Georgia and D.E.C. Can't have 'em!