So much for Welcome Aboard

United Airlines flight attendant's rear end sticker reinforces new unfriendly skies reality

United Airlines flight attendant's rear end sticker reinforces new unfriendly skies reality

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This photo was taken on a United Airlines flight from Phoenix to Houston, the bag placed in the overhead bin by a flight attendant. Courtesy Photo
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What friendly skies? Photo by Tammy Bryngelson
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"Flight attendants are on this aircraft to save your rear end, not kiss it!"

That's the warm and fuzzy "Welcome aboard" with which passengers were greeted on a recent United Airlines flight from Phoenix to Houston. 

A sticker with that wording was attached to a United Airlines flight attendant's bag that was placed in the overhead luggage bin near the front of the plane, according to the businessman/frequent flier who took the photo at right. The passenger assures that it was not a hoax from an angry Alec Baldwin-type.

 While there might be merit to the sentiment on the sticker, this is not the best way to make the point.  

It's probably a good thing that Mayor Annise Parker didn't see this charming greeting on her much-delayed San Francisco-Houston flight during spring break.

While there might be merit to the sentiment on the sticker, this is not the best way to make the point.

The sticker stands as something of a PR gaff in light of United Airlines' quest to prevent Southwest Airlines from launching international flights from Hobby Airport. Let's see, do we prefer the smiling faces of Southwest employees or . . .  

The friendly skies of United are looking rather menacing today. Just how much do you miss Continental Airlines?