Sunday Sales Blast 3/25/18

TO STAY HEALTHY ON YOUR NEXT FLIGHT, AVOID AISLES AND STAY PUT

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This is a lot to read but if you fly a lot like I do it is really interesting. I always sit in the aisle so I can get up and walk around. Little did I know that it is the worse place to pick for your seat. What other areas other than flying could you use this data to avoid and maybe not get sick or worse?

IF YOU WANT to avoid getting sick on a plane, the worst place to sit, according to Charles Gerba, is along the aisle. The issue is exposure—not just to other passengers, but anything they touch. That means obvious hot spots (armrests, tray tables, in-flight magazines) and less-obvious ones like aisle seats, which people use to steady themselves as they move about the cabin, frequently on their way to and from a lavatory.

Oh right, lavatories. Don't get Gerba started on those. Overtrafficked and underserviced, many are swarming with E. coli. "Your typical flight will have one for every 50 people," he says. "Sometimes it's more like one per 75."

To investigate how an infection might spread aboard an aircraft, Hertzberg and Weiss conducted observations of passenger behavior on actual flights. Which, well, nobody had ever done before. "It's one of the most sophisticated studies I've seen," Gerba told me. And their in-situ observations of passengers could improve our understanding of the role that air transportation plays in the spread of illnesses and epidemics.

Their observations are probably the most detailed account of in-flight behavior ever compiled, and are loaded with fascinating tidbits about the risks that people take aboard an airplane every time they leave their seats—and how where you sit hurts or helps your chances of becoming sick.

For instance: Thirty-eight percent of passengers didn't leave their seats during their flight, and 38 percent left once (the rest left more frequently). Perhaps unsurprisingly, the proportion of people who got up during the flight varied by seat assignment: People sitting in the aisle were most likely to move beyond their seating area, then middle seats, then windows. Aisle sitters also came into contact with other passengers more than five times as often as people in window seats.

There is a lot more to this article, to read it all here is the link:
https://www.wired.com/story/to-stay-healthy-on-your-next-flight-avoid-aisles-and-stay-put/

United Airlines Paid a Savvy Passenger $10,000 To Leave a Plane, Here's Why

A United Airlines passenger was paid $10,000 in travel credit to give up her seat on an overbooked flight at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C on Thursday. Allison Preiss, who live-tweeted her experience with the embattled airline, left many on social media wondering: will they be getting a pricey voucher next time their seat is bumped? 

Sadly, not likely. While a United Airlines representative told Newsweek that the voucher is per the company's policy, it is the highest voucher available and is only issued in extreme circumstances. The voucher limit creation came amid yet another crisis period for the 92-year-old airline. 

"When you are forcibly bumped from a flight, the law entitles you to cash compensation for anything more than a one hour delay," Schummer said. "In that case, a good negotiation strategy is to start off by insisting on cash compensation, because the airline would rather offer you a larger amount in travel vouchers than in cash. It sounds like this passenger did exactly that."

So, if you are ever on an overbooked flight, remember that you're most likely in a bargaining position. And, keep in mind, it could always be worse. Much worse. 

Here is what the passenger said: “On the upside, I wasn’t physically dragged off the plane and my dog wasn’t killed on board, so I’ve got that going for me...which is nice”.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/united-airlines-paid-savvy-passenger-163133292.html

Congrats to Villanova for making it to the elite 8. I live just down the road from the school and it is nice to see another local team doing well (remember the Eagles?)

Have a great day and an even better sales week!

Scott Jarden