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Samsonite suitcases banned!

Old 24th Sep 2010, 20:36
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Samsonite suitcases banned!

It appears that the Staish at Lyneham, who clearly doesn't have enough to worry about, has banned crews from taking Samsonites down route. To project the correct 'corporate image' they are to lug their kit in Op black bags around the terminals and hotels of the world.

Is this the end of Hercules route operations as we used to know them?
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 20:47
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A bit daft to be so readily identifiable in a civilian environment by carrying a military item of luggage, given today's change in threat risk?

Are there really such anally retentive people in today's RAF who have nothing better to concern themselves with? It sounds like yet another duck nibble which you really don't need.....

Good to hear that you still get the odd 'route trip' though.
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 20:59
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Wow, I never thought it was the suit case that gave it away. I just looked for the fat wheezy tosser vacuum packed in a dirty flying suit
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 21:01
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fat wheezy tosser vacuum packed in a dirty flying suit
Doesn't sound much like a hard case?
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 21:17
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the fat wheezy tosser vacuum packed in a dirty flying suit
Stop picking on the GE
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 21:27
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More stupidity that makes me glad i'm out. When the masive storms hit Thumrait in May 02 those of us who had bothered were exceedingly glad that our kit was in a waterproof samsonite. The "posers" using fancy cammo bags had wet kit .. mine was all nice and dry, unlike the inside of the FBT.

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Old 24th Sep 2010, 21:29
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Wow, I never thought it was the suit case that gave it away. I just looked for the fat wheezy tosser vacuum packed in a dirty flying suit
Harsh, very harsh.

Isn't everyone getting out of the grey C-130 parked on the pan a bit of a clue as well?
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Is this the end of Hercules route operations as we used to know them?
The end of Hercules route operations as used to be, stopped around about 2003. Whilst the very occasional route may come up now, the days of hotacing around the world are pretty much over.

I for one couldn't care less that my samsonite will only come out once a year. Frankly, I'm more bothered about whether the airbridge is adequately funded to get me there or back in the same week.

A bit daft to be so readily identifiable in a civilian environment by carrying a military item of luggage, given today's change in threat risk?
It's a large black holdall, very much like any other of the trillions of holdalls that frequent baggage reclaims in airports worldwide.

So please, can we take off the rose-tinted specs and get back to talking about some of the more pressing issues that we in the RAF and the military in general are facing right now?
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 21:35
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They'll be going back to the stupid practice of hopping around Albert's freight bay changing into blues pre de-planing next!

Un-fecking believable! You'd think that the 'Wheels' would have better things to do with their time - sadly not.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose I guess.

Glad I'm out of it.
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 22:42
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So please, can we take off the rose-tinted specs and get back to talking about some of the more pressing issues that we in the RAF and the military in general are facing right now?
Ok. There were 2 reasons for posting this - first, to highlight the surfeit of time that the originator of this decision obviously has, when he could be concerned with such trivia as the future of his aircraft fleet post-SDSR, or its move to BZN & the closure of his station. Second, to have a bit of a laugh at said decision, particularly as few have or need a Samsonite these days as there are, indeed, few routes left. If we can't have a bit of fun on these threads then all that's left is a load of hopeless whinging about
some of the more pressing issues that we in the RAF and the military in general are facing right now?
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 23:36
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Wow, I never thought it was the suit case that gave it away. I just looked for the fat wheezy tosser vacuum packed in a dirty flying suit
Harsh but possibly the funniest quote on PPRuNe this year.

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Old 24th Sep 2010, 23:48
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So please, can we take off the rose-tinted specs and get back to talking about some of the more pressing issues that we in the RAF and the military in general are facing right now?
Edicts such as this gave a very insightful look into the morale, motivation and well-being of an organisation. When Commanders have the time to address "boots and mail" issues, it usually demonstrates that:

a. They have so little control over the pressing matters of the day they might as well handle the trivia.
or;
b. They have zero grasp of the concept of incentivising their units and working cohesively.
or;
c. They found their mother getting an extra portion of salami from a Samsonite salesman when they were 5.

Either way, the "rule of 2" applies - i.e. in 2 years either I'll be gone or that knob will be gone.
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 00:22
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Samsonite's, think he might be a bit too busy this week advertising for a new Chief Blunty to worry about how we carry our clothes round the bazaars
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 03:00
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Wow, I never thought it was the suit case that gave it away. I just looked for the fat wheezy tosser vacuum packed in a dirty flying suit
What CrabinCab said!

Had me giggling for ages, wifey thought I had gone nuts.
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 03:44
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Originally Posted by Seldomfitforpurpose View Post
Samsonite's, think he might be a bit too busy this week advertising for a new Chief Blunty to worry about how we carry our clothes round the bazaars
Would you care to elaborate?
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 04:14
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...they are to lug their kit in Op black bags around the terminals and hotels of the world...
A 'Gladston Bag', presumably?
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 06:05
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Originally Posted by Seldomfitforpurpose
Samsonite's, think he might be a bit too busy this week advertising for a new Chief Blunty to worry about how we carry our clothes round the bazaars
Would you care to elaborate?
Yes, this sounds much more fun.....go on.....?
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 06:19
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A 'Gladston Bag', presumably?
Now that was funny! (Much more so than the offensive bit about overwieght Herc aircrew!)
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 06:43
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Actually it was a throw away line from the Staish that appears to have become gospel!

More worryingly, I can't believe some of the utter shite being posted by people on here who clearly have no idea what a great leader he actually is.
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Old 25th Sep 2010, 12:28
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Do you know-the man?

I had the honour of serving on the same Sqn, and have the utmost respect, but to ban "Samsonite Warriors!" is as mad as closing the Wiltshire Centre of Excellence for Airlift!
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