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Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the fly-me-to-the-moon dept.

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Chicago car salesman Thomas Stuker has set a record by accumulating an astonishing 10 million air miles on United Airlines. In the past 29 years Thomas has flown almost 6,000 times - racking up a total mileage that would circle the Earth 400 times. From the article: "Mr Stuker has already been highly rewarded with access to a special lounge at the airlines hub in Chicago, first-class upgrades as a matter of course and even a plane named after him on the fleet."

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Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734054)

Congratulations, sir and welcome to first-class. Here is your 4-ounce Dr. Pepper and complimentary half-bag of potato chips.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (3, Insightful)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734138)

You're doing it wrong. You should be working on your second Rusty Nail about the time the economy class passengers are filing by your seat.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

supertrinko (1396985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734140)

I'm sure this man could get a complimentary second half-bag, and have it deposited into the first bag.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

MrWin2kMan (918702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735086)

At this level, you basically get all the free booze you want, as well as complimentary lunch/dinner in the Platinum lounge. This isn't First Class, this is Royal Class.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (2)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734244)

What do you fly? I fly coach and have touched just about every major US airline in the past 3 years.. they always give me a full can of soda and if I get thirsty later in the flight they will give me a 2nd can if I request.

I agree with you about the snack, though. Need 4 or 5 of those to tide me over on a cross-country filght. But again, usually once everyone has gotten 1 they will let you have more.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734540)

Mid 1990s, American Airlines, Miami to Boston - 6+ hours in the air non-stop. One time I got a 3/4 ounce bag of peanuts. The next time I flew that route it was only 1/2 ounce of peanuts.

If I was about to faint, I'm sure I could have begged for more, they might have even had some stale soda crackers available, upon request.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734822)

Good luck getting anything with a peanut in it on most airlines these days. They all yanked them because of our ridiculous fear that children will drop dead if there's a single peanut on the floor. (CDC stats show that the number of people that die from food allergies each year is actually very very low. Even lower for children.. but don't try to get stats past the mommybloggers, for they will all have stories about how their friends kid Kayley dropped dead when someone walked into the room with a pb&j.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735120)

So basically you've flown once in the past 20 years? And it was pre 9/11? Yes, I am very eager to hear your marvelous insight on the current state of air travel.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734912)

Judging from the girth of most fliers I'd say going hungry for a few hours wouldn't be a bad thing.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735262)

I fly economic class on Air Canada Jazz and they'll fill your juice or pop as many times as you want.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734316)

It's weird. The labor cost of passing out the tiny snacks must exceed the cost of the tiny snacks.

Perhaps the tiny portions mean that most of the snacks are completely consumed, simplifying waste cleanup.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734456)

The labor costs of passing out the tiny snack are irrelevant, because the god damn waitress can't just open the flight deck door and go home while the plane is 30,000 feet in the air!

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

bberens (965711) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734464)

I remember a story from back in the 90s where apparently Delta or one of the other big airlines reduced the number of peanuts in the peanut package by 1 peanut and it saved the company millions of dollars. When you do things on a massive scale it's amazing how much tiny little changes add up.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735300)

Yeah, it's amazing how much money you can make by charging more for things. There's a lot of people (apparently you're one of them) that get really surprised when a company eliminates 1 $item from a bag of $item and saves money. They think it's really clever and novel. All you're doing is charging more money for less product, of course you're going to make more money.

The main problem is that the airlines have taken this approach repeatedly. Let's eliminate one peanut from every bag, now let's do it again, and again, and again, etc. Soon enough you don't have any peanuts at all.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (3, Informative)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734608)

It's weird. The labor cost of passing out the tiny snacks must exceed the cost of the tiny snacks.

The labor cost is free. Instead of doing nothing, the steward(ess) is passing out snacks. It's not like they'll hire more people to pass out snacks... but the FAA requires them to have so many people onboard already.

Now, if you don't get your 2nd snack b/c the steward(ess) is busy, then they don't give a damn.

Besides, every time you ask for a refill is another attempt to get you to buy an alcoholic beverage/meal/whatever other upcharge.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (3, Insightful)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734616)

The "service" personnel in coach are actually safety officers - but rather than have them sit around looking like air marshals, they attempt to get them to keep the customers happy. Of course, at the wages they pay, it's amazing there aren't more dramatic Take this Job and Shove It [nbcnewyork.com] events.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (5, Interesting)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734482)

Here is your 4-ounce Dr. Pepper and complimentary half-bag of potato chips.

Apparently, you've never flown First Class. On a KLM hop from London to Amsterdam, I sat in First - the chips and soda were in the back, but it was lunchtime and a decent meal was provided in First. More impressive than the food was the fact that one man took a little longer to finish than the rest of us. When he did hand his tray to one stewardess, another stewardess pressed a button that set off a chime in the cockpit - within 5 seconds the pilot announced and started our descent into Amsterdam.

If you're not paying full fare, you're just baggage.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (3, Funny)

heroid1a (1898046) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734680)

Soooo if he never finished eating, the plane would never land? Hmmmmm...

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (2)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734864)

He paid for his seat, and he was given consideration in return, I imagine after they burned a few hundred pounds of jet fuel waiting for him they might have prompted him to finish up, but that's not how it worked out that day.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (2)

Raenex (947668) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735218)

He paid for his seat, and he was given consideration in return

By being inconsiderate to all the other passengers on the plane, including first class ones. This story doesn't make any sense.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734844)

Or he did.. and it was on US Airways. Their first class in the US is awful.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734952)

I think I've flown about five times since 9/11, but before that I did fly fairly often. First Class, and even Business on American meant something back in the day - access to nice lounges, good service to go with the big seats. United wasn't bad, either. Earlier poster isn't kidding about being on your 2nd drink before the back rows are permitted to board.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (2)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735164)

Last time my father flew first class, they gave him a glass of champagne almost as soon as he sat down. In fact, they were so generous, they also gave his laptop one! He sticks to business class now...

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (-1, Troll)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735166)

If you're not paying full fare, you're just baggage.

And yet we still somehow end up in the same city when the plane lands. Imagine that.

By the way London to Amsterdam should be by public transit, thanks for killing the planet with carbon emissions, asshole.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734486)

Obviously you have not flown first-class.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (2)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734494)

If you ask for a can of pop, they'll give you a can of pop, even in coach, dude.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735026)

And if they don't get you a can of "pop" quickly enough when you ask for one, they may be too busy changing the reel on the talkie that's currently playing. Or maybe they're grifting someone to get the two bits they need to get the trolley home once you land at the aerodrome.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734664)

Sucks to be you. I've always for a full can of Coke. I've even had small meals servered on a couple of 3 hour flights. Either you don't fly or they just hate you.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734804)

'servered'?

You need to get out more.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734800)

Wah, I'm from Slashdot and I complain about everything, wah no snack wah.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735002)

Hi, you must be new here.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (2)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734838)

In first class, the other half of that drink is booze.

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (1)

w_dragon (1802458) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735162)

And if it isn't they'll pester you until it is. I had a bit too much in the lounge waiting for a delayed flight once, and the flight attendant checked quite a few times to make sure I knew the drink was complimentary and was I sure I just wanted coke? I guess not many people flying first class need to drive themselves home from the airport when they land :)

Re:Yet *still* no full-sized soft drink (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735260)

What? Have you ever flown 1st class on United? It's all you can DRINK, and I don't just mean soda. You also get an actual meal that's really not at all bad for anything outside of home cooked or above average restaurant- it's palatable and quite good, and there's usually a choice of entrees.

First class rules. It's just the cost of getting in!

And more importantly (3, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734106)

He is still alive.

Re:And more importantly (3, Interesting)

mr1911 (1942298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734232)

He may be alive, but is he sane? I can't imagine dealing with TSA, gate agents, and all of the other hassles that go with air travel that many times.

Re:And more importantly (5, Funny)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734388)

He flies first class. They actually get to molest TSA agents instead in first class.

Re:And more importantly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734576)

Complaining about TSA is overrated.
The security process is so predictable that it's easy to quickly get through and on your way. First-timers and the people who are unprepared at the conveyor belt are generally slow about the process. They are to blame for long lines and delays.

Re:And more importantly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734968)

And you don't see how adding to that process with unecessary security theatre could possibly be making the situation worse at all? I read somewhere that the amount of time people spend removing their shoes and putting them back on at airline security - millions of travellers spending a minute or so each time they travel - adds up to over a thousand (average lifespan) lives a year in lost time. Nobody feels any safer, everybody just feels harassed.

Re:And more importantly (1)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734976)

Yes, those who do not quickly comply without complaint are always to blame.

Re:And more importantly (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734662)

He may be alive, but is he sane? I can't imagine dealing with TSA, gate agents, and all of the other hassles that go with air travel that many times.

It's like any other B.S. in life, if you do it enough, it doesn't bother you. TSA will always be a sore spot for a lot of people because they just don't encounter it often enough to develop the social callouses.

Re:And more importantly (4, Informative)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735056)

It's like any other B.S. in life, if you do it enough, it doesn't bother you. TSA will always be a sore spot for a lot of people because they just don't encounter it often enough to develop the social callouses.

I fly at least monthly and it still bothers me, it has since 2001. The only way to get through the TSA line quickly is to smile politely and be half-naked by the time it's your turn. Take off your belt, stuff your watch in your jacket pocket before it goes through the X-ray (because they tell you to keep it on, it always beeps though, leading to a pat down), remove your shoes and hold your boarding pass in your teeth so your hands are free to throw everything on the belt. It kind of takes the fun out of traveling for some reason....

Re:And more importantly (1)

enjerth (892959) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735296)

Sounds like some kind of dance.

Re:And more importantly (2)

Bastardchyld (889185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734788)

Honestly flying coach and flying business/first class are totally different experiences, as someone who flies both rather regularly. As a coach passenger you are really treated more akin to luggage. The upper classes come with automatic respect (except of course from the coach passengers). Even the TSA experience is usually better, though shoes come off so they can better grab your sack no matter what your ticket says.

One interesting observation, in the articles photo he is flanked by two attractive flight attendants. So all it takes is 10M miles?

Re:And more importantly (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735020)

10 million *air* miles. He's got 50M frequent flyer miles.

Re: And lest we forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735268)

Terminal cancer can be a small price to pay, for some, to have their junk fondled and suitcases rifled through

my favorite part of "Tron" (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734236)

Did he get to meet Sam Elliot?
Oh wait, that was Jeff Bridges...

Re:my favorite part of "Tron" (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734794)

No, that was George Clooney.

Deja vu? (1)

sharkette66 (256044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734256)

Didn't Ryan Bingham do this already?

Carbon emissions! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734306)

I wonder what his carbon emissions are!!!

Zero. (1)

rwade (131726) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734348)

0. The plane would fly regardless of whether this one single guy bought a ticket or not.

My kind of technology (1)

tusam (1851540) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734352)

Soon at the heart of every computer there's a metal fan.

Lot of people have airplanes named for them... (1)

Wook Man (79498) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734362)

You get an airplane named after you at 1 million miles, if I remember correctly.

Re:Lot of people have airplanes named for them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734572)

Well, the Nazis named a whole plane model after this guy and that was seventy years ago. You need a bit more than one million miles to top that.

Re:Lot of people have airplanes named for them... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734854)

Everyone except my cousin, Flyte Downes.

What level? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734374)

Of carbon-footprint hell is this guy going to? Don't forget he's a car salesman. The only thing missing is his hobby of clubbing baby seals.

Re:What level? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734488)

The only thing missing is his hobby of clubbing baby seals.

wouldn't that actually contribute to reducing carbon emissions?

Re:What level? (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735314)

Depends if he's taking a plane out to the breeding grounds and how many he clubs while he's there.

Re:What level? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734880)

It could be worse. He could be a part-time lawyer or politician too.

10 full time years? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734394)

Check my math... 10e6 miles / 0.5e3 miles per hour = 20e3 hours, right? Did this in my head and its early in the morning... Standard work year is about 2e3 hours so he's spent 10 years equivalent of a full time job sitting in an airplane? With airport hassles he's probably up to 15 years of FTE work?

What has he done with his 15 years of "work"? Are there even 20k hours of audio books worth listening to?

Another back o ye envelope 10e6 miles / 6e3 flights = 1.2/3e3 miles per flight or rephrased 1667 miles per flight. What is he doing? Not flying from Chicago to Japan, I'm guessing. Nor Chicago to Detroit. Hmm.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734428)

He likely slept through a lot of it.

Re:10 full time years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734562)

Chicago to Southern Cali would be my guess for a lot of those. Driving (obviously more miles than flying) from Chicago to Flagstaff is around 1600 miles.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734778)

No, see, he's been flying west the whole time, so he gets more hours per day.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734802)

I get the same thing, but if you look at it another way - ~20 hours a week for 29 years, he could have conceivably just been traveling an average of 4 hours a day and spending the rest of his time getting to and from the airport, with an occasional sales meeting thrown in.

Be careful of job offers from companies that are just starting a big vendor qualification push - there is usually an engineer or two who lives this constant travel lifestyle for a year or two during fresh vendor qualifications for a significant product.

Re:10 full time years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734816)

Check my math...

OK.

10e6 miles / 0.5e3 miles per hour = 20e3 hours, right?

Yep.

...so he's spent 10 years equivalent of a full time job sitting in an airplane?

More like 2.34 years... 20000h/24h/d=833 days

Re:10 full time years? (1)

Rolgar (556636) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735052)

The GP was trying to calculate based on the number of work years. That is, if he was on a plane or in the airport everyday from 8-5, when regular folks are at the office.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

MooseTick (895855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735186)

20000h/24h/d=833 days

I don't know about you, but I don't usually work 24 hours a day for 833 consecutive days.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

zabby39103 (1354753) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734848)

He got 10 million "air miles" (reward points), not 10 million miles traveled.

You're right, it's probably impossible to travel 10 million miles as a businessman. Maybe if you're a long haul pilot with a long career.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735046)

No, he has traveled 10 million miles in the air. He's got 50 million frequent flyer miles. RTFA (yes, I kid).

Re:10 full time years? (1)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735090)

According to TFA, he's got over 50 million frequent flier miles. While I'm sure that "air miles" don't translate exactly to miles flown, it's probably close enough.

Re:10 full time years? (1)

d4fseeker (1896770) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735204)

I know, I know it's hard to RTFA.
But this time the article features a big image containing all important details:
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/07/11/article-2013318-0CF5AE3B00000578-835_468x332.jpg [dailymail.co.uk]

He really flew 10M miles and currently has left 50M "frequent flyer" reward miles.

Re:10 full time years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734928)

Here:
Excluding weekends it's about 4 flights every 5 days. So let's average it out to one every day

See here: 29 years x 52 weeks x 5 days per week = 7540. 6000 flights / 7540 days = 0.79 flights per day. 0.8 x 5 = 4.

Still, must be pretty familiar with airports :)

Well obviously (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734966)

He was porking the cute airline stewardesses...

Plane named after him (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734430)

Stuka?

Re:Plane named after him (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734646)

No, a Spitfire.

Re:Plane named after him (1)

mikkelm (1000451) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735134)

Messerschmitt.

Re:Plane named after him (3, Funny)

Kohath (38547) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735158)

Amazingly enough, his real name is Airbus A320.

So (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734518)

Why is this a /. article?

He must get most of his sleep in the air. (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734526)

By my very quick estimations, 6000 flights over 29 years comes out to him boarding a plane, on average, every 41 hours. For almost three decades.

Radiation... (1)

mrquagmire (2326560) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734592)

Think of all the radiation and groping this man has had to endure at the hands of the TSA. I'd like to see a follow up article 5 years from now to let us know what type of cancer he's dying from.

Re:Radiation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734668)

Not to mention a extra large dose of cosmic rays. Then there is all the sitting which must be giving his ass pressure sores by now. He must have spent more time in airports than at home.

Re:Radiation... (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734720)

Perhaps he's developed a mutant super power? That would explain all the flying. He's probably fighting crime all over the world. He'll have to air commute until he mutates himself some flying powers.

Re:Radiation... (1)

darrylo (97569) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735072)

That was my first thought, too. However, the extra radiation, while significantly higher than normal, doesn't seem all that high; when he flys, he's probably getting just an extra ~3 day's worth of his normal radiation exposure.

(Assuming exposure can be fudged like this: from xkcd [xkcd.com] , a flight from New York to Los Angeles gives you maybe an extra 4 day's worth of your normal daily radiation exposure. Distance from NY to LA is ~ 2462miles. 1e6miles/6000 flights => ~1667miles/flight. 1667/2462 => ~0.69. So, an "average flight" gives him a bit less than 3 day's worth of radiation.)

Better Comparison Than To Clooney... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734694)

The article tries to compare him to George Clooney's character in Up In The Air. Reading the article (I know, we don't do that here) suggests there is a better comparison, based on what he does for a living.

I think he is more like Jeremy Piven's character in The Goods.

Of course, I am one of about 20 or so people who actually bothered to see that movie, so the comparison is likely lost on most. So we might as well instead compare him to a character in a well-known movie that nobody watched, instead of a lesser-known movie that nobody watched.

Re:Better Comparison Than To Clooney... (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734818)

In Up In The Air, a big plot point is getting 10 million air miles. As the article is about the guy's achievement of getting 10 million air miles, not being a car dealer, it makes more sense to compare him to George Clooney.

Re:Better Comparison Than To Clooney... (0)

arcite (661011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735004)

My favorite part of that movie was at the moment near the end of the movie when Clooney passes the threshold, he realizes that it was a trite and empty goal all along.

Fun with maths (1)

SMoynihan (1647997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734724)

29 years, almost 6,000 flights... that's about 207 flights a year - or approaching one flight per day for 2/3 of his last 29 years.

Assuming they are talking about the circumference of the earth - that is about 16 million kilometers, or 10 million miles.

[Brief Google searching to: http://www.carbonindependent.org/sources_aviation.htm%5D [carbonindependent.org]

Given a a Boeing 737-400 jet (short international flights, likely a significant underestimation if most of his travel was inside the country), this gives a fuel use of 36.6 g/passenger km: so he has personally required used ca. 585,600 kg of fuel.

CO2 emissions? 101 g/passenger km: 1,616,000 kg of gas personally generated.

At sea level pressure / 25 degC, 1kg of CO2 gas = 556 L volume. So, we are talking 898 million liters of CO2 gas.

Or, the equivalent of a cube with sides of about 100 m, about the length of a football field.

Caveat emptor - these are all back of the envelope calculations - and likely gross underestimations.

In unrelated news... (1)

theotherbastard (939373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734734)

In unrelated news, the record for "The man whose junk has been handled by the most strangers" has also been rewarded to Thomas Stuker.

TSA free-pass (1)

Acapulco (1289274) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734736)

How about buying some TSA patdown free-pass with some of is miles?

It would be very cool if you could avoid some sexual harassment with your hard-earned miles no?

And his "carbon footprint" is... (0)

TwobyTwo (588727) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734760)

Seriously, insofar as he's doing this to get work done or make some contribution, well OK, but he also crows loudly about running all over the world just for fun. Is this something we want to celebrate?

Re:And his "carbon footprint" is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735006)

Yes. Now get lost, hippie.

Re:And his "carbon footprint" is... (1)

TwobyTwo (588727) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735304)

Hey, we hippies love you too!

TSA Body Cavity Search technique (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734828)

That's nothing; after 13 million miles the TSA will name a body-cavity search technique after him.

what kind of car salesman? (1)

kmdrtako (1971832) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734938)

The ones I know of are sitting in dealerships waiting for suckers, er, customers to walk into the showroom.

Not bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36734960)

And I thought my average of ~135 flights a year was lots.
I almost reached the reward for one year lease on a high end Mercedes and then realize when on Earth would I have time to drive it - I am never home.
I have often been left with stacks of first class upgrades that are left to expire. We had a basket at work just full of these upgrades (which can only be used if you purchase your fare at full price). But when the staff AND security know you by name they already give me upgrades every time I fly anyways.

Love the rewards but often find little use for them. Donating them to charity is good but to spend them on naming a plane is cool!

How to ruin this man's life... (1)

bgarcia (33222) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735192)

Quick, somebody add his name to the no-fly list!

;-)

Excessive traveling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36735206)

Excessive traveling is about as worthless as rating the quality of a software program by the number of lines of code.
Cheers to you Thomas Stuker for burning so much fuel and wasting our precious resources.

They should promote him (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735258)

They should promote him to an Honorable Member of mile-high club.

Thats a lot of groping (1)

aenigmainc (739876) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735278)

Wonder how much extra radiation, or extra groping he has endured. 29 years of travel is 1508 weeks. 6000 trips divided by 1508 weeks is 3.9 trips/week lets round that to 4. figure they started using the backscatter machine in the last 2 years thats about 416 trips through the machine, or maybe 416 gropes. Lets say he took gropes. at my local massage parlor i would pay about 30 - 50 bucks to be felt up so i figure he saved himself about 12k in handling charges.
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