So there is weirdness and controversy going on regarding Air Canada and St. John's. Big surprise.
The biggest, of course, is whether or not Air Canada is still going to be operating out of St. John's to go to London. VOCM has been all over the place on the story today. First reporting that they were going to going between St. John's and London again, but using smaller planes. Then, there was the story that no decision has been made. I haven't seen any more updates on either VOCM or CBC, so I don't know. I know someone from Air Canada was on Here and Now tonight, but I don't know if they said anything new.
I wonder if Air Canada is reevaluating their decision to run the flight between St. John's and London because of a story that ran in the Toronto Star today saying WestJet was in talks with The St. John's Airport Authority. The plan was to use St. John's as their hub to go to London. Whether WestJet would go to Heathrow or one of the cheaper airports outside of the city is undecided.
I guess the thought of WestJet going international to London has suddenly made Air Canada reconsider the value of St. John's. Bastards. I think I'd sooner hop on a relatively cheap flight using WestJet than use Air Canada.
The other interesting thing I'm hearing the Air Canada official said during the news (via Cathy's mom) was an explanation as to why dogs and cats won't be allowed in the passenger cabin anymore. Apparently, there was an allergic reaction by one of the passengers. Therefore, no more pets.
Now, I could say this is bollocks and unfair and you could label me as an insensitive bastard. That people have allergies and we ought to becareful around them. Think of what they have to go through.
OK, fine. However, here's the thing. I have a wife with a ton of allergies. Seafood, nuts, eggs, soy, bee stings and probably a few others. And she thinks it's bloody stupid. "I've got to conform and adapt to the way things are out there. I can't expect society to change everything just because I have a few allergies. I was taught that at an early age and it's done me well."
We had this discussion a few years ago. There was a mother and her son that were trying to get all nut based treats banned from Empire Cinemas because her son is deathly allergic. And surprisingly we both had the same reaction. "Wow, that really sucks. But that means you don't go see the movies." Seriously, we can't sanitize the world because people have these reactions. It's impossible.
If the person is allergic to dogs or cats, then it's their responsibility to make sure there are no pets in the cabin of the flight. The airlines certainly have the right to tell people "You have to let us know within three weeks of travelling (as an example) if you're taking a pet on with you." But banning them outright...really silly.
And if you don't believe me, believe Cathy. She has to deal with it more than I ever will. And she gets by just fine in life, thanks...