As a continuation of my previous discussions about United Express Flight 3411, Part II includes a closer examination of the incident from perspectives of both United Airlines and today’s commercial aviation industry.
The end of Part I seems to suggest an easily-reached conclusion: since clauses regarding overbooking are specified in the contract of carriage, airlines could as easily deny a passenger to board if they see a greater economic interest in selling more tickets or accommodating other last-minute top-tier frequent flyers or VIPs. As long as airlines see a smaller marginal cost to denying a “regular passenger” onboard, they are free to do so within the legal frame. And in the case of United Express Flight 3411, the “VIPs” were four “deadhead crew” who needed to fly from their base in Chicago to Louisville to serve another flight. Again, what the crew on that flight did was perfectly legal: after 9/11, for security reasons, on U.S. commercial aircrafts, crew members are given the absolute authority and failure to comply with any of their instructions could result in the intervention of law enforcement. But this time, with the rapid spread of this incident’s footage on the Internet, the marginal cost of denying David Dao skyrocketed.
Lufthansa 747-8 at Frankfurt Airport (picture taken by myself in March 2017)
Written and directed by Mike Mills, Beginners is a film that deals a lot with loneliness. After his mother’s death, Oliver (Ewan McGregor)’s father, Hal (Christopher Plummer) is diagnosed with stage-four cancer. At the age of 75, he also comes out of the closet and starts living the time of his life. After Hal has passed away, Oliver becomes depressed until he meets a French actress, Anna. They try to make their relationship work while both struggling with issues of their own.
Part I: From Event Recap to the Common Practice of Overbooking
Monday, Apr.10, in the afternoon. I was waiting in line at Washington Dulles Airport, ready to board a United Express flight back to Philadelphia. The TV screen near the boarding gate was showing some CNN sports news, which I often pay the least attention to. Suddenly, I noticed a few people raising their heads almost unanimously from their private tiny screens, casting anxiously surprised looks onto that CNN channel. A video of a wounded passenger being dragged off a plane was shown on the screen, with that male passenger screaming. The caption was: United forcibly dragged a passenger off an plane in Chicago. The gate agent stood in front of me, not at all unnerved by the small commotion, and spoke into her microphone with professional smile: welcome to United Express flight 6138 with service to Philadelphia. We are now pre-boarding customers with disabilities, uniformed military personnel, family traveling with children under 2, and our Global Services members.
United aircrafts in Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) (picture taken by myself in November 2016)
This week has been a lot of tedious work. I have been editing my first draft of the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act 2017, fixing my citations, and adding to my annotated bibliography. I touched base with the lawyer who is helping me fill out the paperwork for incorporation and finally have a reliable graphic designer. Hopefully by mid-may the design aspect, including the logo and coloring, of Keystone CASE will be complete. Another goal of mine is to have all the filing paperwork complete by the end of the year. Continue reading →
This week I continued with my film along with work on my annotated bibliography. Most of the information is the same from my first semester independent project but there are many pictures I would need to cite. The film process is moving along smoothly so I decided to use this post as an opportunity to show some photos that will be in the video.
In my previous blog post, I briefly mentioned the differences between a Virtual Private Server (VPS) and Shared Web Hosting service and cross compared the three major VPS providers. In this blog post, I will continue my tutorial by detailing the process of setting up a Droplet (DigitalOcean’s way of calling their VPS instances) with DigitalOcean.
Prompt: Given what your own experience, what are common misconceptions of affirmative action?
Our reading last week was all about education. The reading focused in on the issue of affirmative action. The major points relating to defining affirmative action as any preferred admissions statues. This would include athletes, students of color, and legacies. The biggest winners in terms of scholarship dollars and acceptances are athletes and legacies. Continue reading →
Even though I was in St. Louis for Robotics this past weekend, I still made sure to work on my independent. For one, summer is drawing near, and so I need to conduct my experiment when I still have this vast pool of subjects as my disposal. However, I have also gotten to the exciting part of the project where all of my research will begin to pay off. (Though I must continue to keep in mind that my result may show nothing, which would be sad, but I cannot force correlations.) So over the week, I spent a good part of my evening practicing on my fellow robotics members. Now, of course, none of their data will be used as I am still making the final tweaks to the procedure. Continue reading →
Linking Non-Financial Metrics to Financial Performance
In accounting analytics, most of the predictions and calculations are done with numbers that come directly out of a financial statistic that the company gives, or a financial prediction that a company forecasts. However, in certain situations when making key managerial decisions at a company, one has to utilize non-financial metrics to the maximum due to three reasons: 1. Cash flow can be forecasted from the company’s investments in intangible assets. 2. Projects should be chosen based on which has the highest expected payback rate, and non-financial metrics are very useful for that. 3. Financial metrics are not the only factors that go into considering and evaluating managerial and/or business performance.Continue reading →