I guess we have to respectfully disagree then. There was no indication that there was a fight about this (in fact, the implication from Brent's interview is that it could have been a waste of time), and I don't think many (if any) racers are going to be able to flirt their way up with a FA.Originally Posted by jadewarlock;3908667;
As far as if an incident does happen? Teams are not going to get offered an upgrade if they're both approaching a FA and bickering about it. The FA would only offer it as a courtesy, NEVER as an entitled seat, and let me tell you, FA's in general have pretty good BS detectors. The only way I can see an incident is if a team gets belligerent about wanting an upgrade. And if they do, they're getting pulled from the plane. You want good TV? Show a team being hauled off of the plane: TAR would get fantastic ratings off of that!! No, I don't see the downside for CBS in prohibiting this.
You seem worried about violence. TAR has been on for 16 seasons. It's on CBS, who is no stranger to reality TV. The contestants have almost certainly agreed to avoid violence with penalties to their game (almost certainly up to and including disqualification). They're subjected to all kinds of personality tests and background checks before they play. During the race the racers provoke each other in every single locale they visit and have come close to blows over, or even STOLEN taxicabs from others (but there's never been a restriction placed on who has right of way in a taxi situation). I just don't see anything that makes a plane some special place that deserves an exception.
Again, I have to disagree. Aren't tasks like selling ice cream, or navigating through Chinese streets tasks based on speaking skills? TAR puts in "interact with locals" tasks in big cities all of the time and never penalizes based on how well you schmooze the locals. That's part of the race. I don't see a need to not be on the race just because the racers are on an airplane. Yes, it balances out: Dan and Jordan were awful at some of the tasks. But Dan had social skills that mattered at an important time in the race.Originally Posted by jadewarlock;3908667;
I travel 50K-75K miles per year in the air with at least one international trip per year (usually transatlantic, though I'm trying to correct that and get a transpacific leg in soon), and see plenty of airports and passengers. I also know a couple of Flight Attendants and have had time to chat with them "offstage" (as it were). I'm no travel virgin, nor am I a stranger to the front of the bus. One of the reasons I love TAR is that I love travel (the season they did Amsterdam they filmed it right before I was in the city, and I saw it a few weeks after I got home... which was super cool).Originally Posted by jadewarlock;3908667;
The only people I see acting entitled to upgrades (or even asking) are generally other elites. I've seen 100K fliers LIVID that they didn't get an upgrade when someone else with fewer miles got a seat before them. But that's not the same thing at all (since there are rules and procedures about upgrades for elites) and that's not who is running TAR. In these days of reduced flight capacity there are so few seats up front and they're so often filled that most travelers know there's no hope of asking. Internationally, you mostly never even see the front seats anyway as boarding is usually done behind the premium cabin.
There are people who are stressed out, yes. And there are people who are (justly or not) screwed by the vagaries of air travel. And there are people who act really badly with respect to carry on baggage. OMG so badly. But of all of the things I'd worry about on air travel, passengers fighting over an upgrade that probably isn't even going to happen is below the bottom of the list. It's precisely because I do travel so much that I'm fairly confident that this is not going to be a common scenario.
I can't imagine that Dan got onto the plane, winked at the FA and then said "hey baby, put us up front." He likely chatted with her for an hour or more during the flight about himself and his brother and the race before anything regarding seating came up (and really we have no way of knowing if he suggested or if she offered). That scenario CANNOT happen if more than one team are talking to the same FA. The FA will know that something is up and will present her "stage" persona to them, and any hope of upgrades will be dead.
So yeah, I still don't see this as an issue that CBS would need to address, and yeah, we'll probably never agree on that. But that's okay, CBS will do what it thinks is right and hopefully they'll keep making TAR and we'll all be happy.