I agree, and I got an Anker battery from Amazon for $30 that is amazing; it has two USB ports (can charge two devices at once) and holds its charge for days. It's great when you're on the move and no time to plug in an adapter. I took it on a two week tour of Israel recently and it kept my phone fully charged all day while taking tons of pics and videos.
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I'm a SW regular, but I flew American yesterday. Would have preferred Southwest, but AA had the direct flights to Phoenix (are you listening, SW?). Why am I mentioning this at all? Because the AA 737 we were on was so nice! They had tablets built into each seatback, with real movies and TV options. I watched the Dr. Strange movie, and my daughter watched 3 Disney features. Below the tablet is a headphone jack and a USB port. Lower down is a little charging station with USB and an AC socket -- one for each passenger! Say goodbye to running out of battery on a long trip. This was sensational. You can get on the plane with an empty phone and empty laptop battery and you'll be fully charged when you land. By the way, this is coach class. I hope SW has these kinds of amenities in the pipeline; in this electronic age, you've got to do a bit better than supplying a charging station at the gate. SW was innovative with that, back in the day, but now it's time to step it up!
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I'm surprised they let him on the plane at all. Was he wearing an overcoat that hid his massive girth?
If the person next to him was OK with the arrangement--a skinny person, or perhaps they were just flattered to be sitting next to Silent Bob--then maybe the airline should have given him a pass. Or else maybe his seat-mate just was too polite to say anything, as most people would be.
Probably Southwest overstepped a little bit and humiliated the guy the way they chucked him off. They should have offered him a couple of seats on a future flight of his choice and not just a $100 coupon. But overall, their policy is very reasonable.
On the other hand, the fact that he made this into a major whine-fest suggests that he's just a publicity hound, trying to achieve a little more fame and fortune on the backs of some poor flight attendant and pilot (whom he called out by name in his public diatribe).
Obesity isn't just a personal choice. It's an illness that costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary treatment for related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fat people take up too much space in the health care system. As an important, famous celebrity type, Smith should be trying to set a better example.
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