From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Coe) Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Date: 30 Jul 96 01:33:00 Followups: 1 2
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Just back from my first flight in way too long. Thanks to my travel agent I managed to get a window seat, but ended up severely dissapointed because I could barely see out of the window. It was so badly scratched/crazed that it was more like looking out of frosted glass than a real window. My window was facing the sun for most of the journey, but when we turned for finals, I still had a very fuzzy view. It wasn't just my window either, all that I could see were equally fuzzy. All planes I travel on seem to have some level of scratches, but this was by far the worst I can remember. I was flying on a Delta 757 behind the wing, and the plane was apparently only 3 years old, so this level of abrasion seems extreme. I seem to recall that this crazing was blamed on volcanic ash, and the volcano blamed was the one that nearly downed a BA 747 a decade or so back. Now if that was the case, surely the ash would have settled out by now, or is this now an epidemic. I would like to think that part of the care and maintenance of a plane would be the polishing and/or replacement of fuzzy windows, but as they are not a safety item what is the reality?