MCO says no to anti-SeaWorld PETA ads

Posted Monday, September 15, 2014 8:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Animal-rights group PETA wants to pay for advertising inside Orlando International Airport to attack SeaWorld's use of killer whales, but the airport won't clear it for takeoff. The ad, depicting a killer whale chomping on the leg of SeaWorld's CEO, would be offensive, the airport said. And it cited a new policy barring "public issue" ads.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:42 PM

What's with the Ks?

Southwest is only $40 more out of (K?)PIT. I think Spirit charges $40 if you want to sit down.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:57 PM

It's the regional prefix that only air travel nerds use. "K" is for the continental US.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:30 PM

PIT = IATA Code
KPIT = ICAO Code

And yeah, you have to be pretty hardcore to use the K. Most front-line Employees at my carrier don't even use ICAO codes. That's a good thing, too, because once you get outside of the US and Canada (they use a C instead of the K), it gets all kinds of weird. LHR/EGLL, NRT/RJAA, and so on and so forth.

I do feel bad for those who enjoyed CLE's route network when it was a Continental hub, but yeah, once they joined with United, it was practically a given that ORD could take over those connections.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:52 PM

Tommytheduck said:

When United took over, the writing was on the wall. Service has been slashed and the entire D concourse has been walled off.

I predict we'll be seeing a lot more of Terminal D, however, in movies and TV shows. It's pretty much perfect in that regard.

Are you sure they didn't wall it off due to temperature regulation problems? I hear it's cold in the D.

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Friday, September 19, 2014 9:04 PM

That's what she said?

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Friday, September 19, 2014 11:22 PM

Sorry to hear Concourse D is no longer used. In August of 2008 one of may favorite travel experiences happened in the "D Concourse". I was on the way to Erie, Pennsylvania to attend a gathering of the Western New York Coaster Club at Waldameer. While waiting for my connecting flight to Erie when (you guessed it), they needed a volun...... Making my way on the moving sidewalk between Concourses D and C A passenger noticed I had a big grin on my face. He asked why I was smiling and I replied "I got a Free Ticket" (Along with Free Lodging, a Free dinner and a Free Breakfast!) saving me over $100.00! :D Expedia notified the hotel and the rental car service in Erie so I wouldn't be charged for them (The rental car service held my car as well). The next day I arrived at Waldameer just in time for ERT on the Ravine Flyer 2. Thanks for the memories Concourse D!

I redeemed the freebie to fly to Minnesota for my 2009 trip.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:35 PM

Air travel nerd... that's funny right there.

But I don't think I've ever been called "hardcore" before, so that's neat.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:37 PM
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Sunday, September 21, 2014 4:09 AM

Aren't you like a pilot or something? Not sure that qualifies as nerd.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:31 AM

That goes to aviation nerd, which supersedes travel nerd.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 3:51 PM

Well, I didn't want to go this far into "all about myself" territory, but when you travel for free, I guess you have to be a travel nerd, as your first (or 2nd, or 3rd) travel plans don't always work out. So if you see me in the airport, in front of the departure screen, frantically working on my laptop, chances are, I'm deep into "travel nerd" territory.

In retro, I concede that the K's were unnecessary. But oh man... you would not believe how badly I get made fun of when I *don't* use the K's on Airbusbuzz.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 4:22 PM

Amen on your point about your plan A not always working out. I made a switch from the San Francisco Bay Area to KI the morning I was supposed to leave because the flights filled. Airline employee problems, I know, and I'm not complaining (I had a great time at KI and got the Bay Area the following year), but yeah, sometimes you've gotta scramble.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 5:56 PM

I used to be more flexible about travel, but I think that ended when I became a parent. Even more so as some of his more obvious ASD symptoms surfaced. Generally he's an awesome traveler, up for the adventure, but things change quickly when we can't manage his expectations due to delays. It only got ugly once, but that was enough.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 10:53 PM

I had to learn the hard way (repeatedly) that booking out of MCO or JAX in the mid-afternoon/early evening slot was dicey during our "summer" months. Connecting flights can easily become a problem...and that's without a kid.

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