Mogethin - Welimom!
Future is here, Let's Voyage on Canoes again...
Thank you United Airlines
Despite all that has gone wrong with United Airlines in the public’s eye, I still believe that they can rebound from this. The steps taken today are of course to ensure that the company operates in Micronesia for a lot longer.
Too bad Yap and Palau were affected but I am sure this can serve as a wake up call for our leaders and for ourselves.
Aren't we to blame?
How many of you flying into one of the Micronesian Islands are flying on Buddy Passes? How many of you paid a mere $400 to travel from Seattle, WA to Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Guam, CNMI or Kosrae? Did you pay Jane Doe for her buddy pass?
Well, there goes $1,400 down the drain…. and next time United Raises its price, please remind yourself they had to, to find a way to make up the $1,400 you refused to pay and cheated your way home.
Last time I visited Guam, it cost me $1,800 per round trip ticket to Guam, but I think as a citizen of Micronesia, I should pay just like everybody else and hopefully helped keep United Servicing our islands for a lot longer.
I am not saying those that deserves these benefits shouldn’t be using them. What I am saying is when you offer someone one of your passes, think again if it’s a right thing to do and what are the consequences of such. It may just cost you your employment. Or it may just cost more for your friend Cal who paid $1,800 just because you either selling your passes or buying someone’s passes.
Let me be very clear here, if you voluntarily handing off your passes, that’s one thing but if you are offering to sell or buy, that’s another. The latter is the issue here because rather than sharing the cost of trips to the islands, you are cheating your way to the islands. The cost of you cheating will come back and bite your rear you know what down the road. Karma has its way of finding you wherever you may be.
Do you ever wonder why it’s cheaper to fly between Guam and Narita-Japan than Hawaii and Guam? And the simple fact that they offer free checked-in baggage and free in-flight meal on the latter route, considering these two routes are pretty similar in distance? Could it be that there are more buddy pass holding passengers on the Hawaii Guam route than the latter? Could it be because it’s more expensive to service the former route because we’re cheating our way home on that specific route? I don’t know but I cannot stop from wondering if it has to do with that.
And if you are fortunate enough to work for such a wonderful company, please do all you could to help maintain the services we so dearly need. When your cousin Jose come to ask you to kick off a paid passenger so he could be able to fly with your pass to Okinawa, please say NO. Let Rumengil take that flight and don’t help him change his mind by taking him off the list and pretended he didn’t make a reservation. Hehehe.
Next time you’re trying to cheat your way home, please pause and think…
Buddy pass of course is probably one tiny bit of factor, but a factor nonetheless. Anything we could do to help maintain services to our islands has to be done so we can continue to enjoy the services United Airlines provides.
Many of us have despise United thinking they have monopolize the region. But can you tell me of any airline willing to take over these routes? Can they be successful and offered better services than United? Who knows? The grass is always greener on the other side. But if these routes were so competitive, then why have any other airlines providing better services to our people.
We are Voyagers!
“Micronesia began in the days when man explored seas in rafts and canoes.” Isn’t it time we roll on high seas in our rafts and canoes again?
How about Yap and Palau or FSM and Palau for that matter, come up with MEGA Canoes that can travel these waters? Instead of depending on others, why don’t we come up with some ideas.
If we can travel from Lamotreck and Satawal to Guam and Saipan, what prevents us from sailing between Palau and Yap on canoes. Heck, bring a GPS! Hehehe.
So my fellow Yapese, forget the Chinese donated plane and devise a plan for a MEGA CANOE that can sail between Palau and Yap. Just a reminder to the designers, please add some Yamaha 40 horse power as back ups. No one wants to drift in calm seas. Hehehehe.