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We flew with them from
Singapore to UK May 2007. They wanted $SGD2500.00 (About $2,100.00
Aussie Dollars) for the bikes... OR $SGD85.00 per kilogram! There
were many large people on our flight from Australia, one was at
the very least 150kg.. If Emirates charged him a per kilo ticket
at those rates he would pay $SGD25,500.00 (About $21,000 +
Australian Dollars) for his ECONOMY CLASS ticket.
UPDATE ON EMIRATE AIRLINES (Written March 08)
They now have a “baggage policy” on line. We emailed them re our bikes, on the return journey, AND THEY REPLIED FOR THE FIRST TIME Incredibly they have gotten even worse in their punitive approach towards Cyclists. Their baggage policy is this:- Of course the email is NOT signed (they can lie and deny).
(QUOTE VERBATEM) Thank you for your enquiry. Bicycles are counted as part of your standard checked baggage allowance - no special allowance is provided and so if the total checked amount exceeds 20kgs, excess baggage charges will apply (GBP36.67 per kg, one-way, between Manchester and Singapore).If a bicycle is accepted as checked baggage it should have the handlebars fixed sideways pedals removed or folded inwards, wheels removed or placed on either side of the frame and the tyres deflated. Kind regards, Emirates UK.
To put this punitive approach into some sort of perspective..
For more disgusting treatment stories by Emirates Airline see THIS page and THIS page and THIS page and THIS page and THIS page and I cannot be bothered putting the countless other links.. Typing “Emirates Airline Complaints” in Google gets 42,000+++ hits!
USERS, aside from Cyclists.
20-30% of Truck drivers.
“Thugs Law” replaces state law(s) as far as road rules go. This 20-30% of Trucks and the retarded morons that drive them, write the rules and ALL Cyclists, Caravan'ers, Private Cars, Road Workers etc... are to do as they are told by them. These 100+ Tonne killing machines in the hands of drug crazed retards is simply frightening. Hundreds of innocents will need to be killed or maimed by these morons, before the Votes/Money equation starts to favour innocent humans. Remember these lunatics are driving amongst School Buses loaded with our rural Children, how horrifying. The speed(s) some of these trucks travel at is simply beyond belief.
The other 70-80% of Truck Drivers: Are much like the majority of drivers on the road, some are VERY good drivers, skilled and caring family men and women. We have spoken to many that resent, with a passion, the “cowboy” minority. The ONLY entity that has more power than the Truck Driver(s) is the Police.
SUNBURN (Severe health warning)
Sunburn & Immunity
Mild UV dose reduces immunity by 40%
Researchers at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Research Institute (MASCRI) at Australia's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney have recently reported the results of a new study examining whether sunscreens offer protection against the harmful effects of ultra violet (UV) radiation on the skin's immune system.
It has been known for more than 20 years that UV radiation can suppress the function of the skin's immune cells, by inactivating and depleting Langerhan's cells in the skin, and although these immune cells appear to recover their function two to four weeks after the UV exposure, repeated exposures can result in chronic immunosuppression. The immune system is an important line of defence against melanoma and other skin cancers and it is believed that UV immunosuppression may result in an increased risk of these skin cancers. Dr. Diana Damien, Dr. Gary Halliday and Professor Ross Barneston have developed a simple and effective method for measuring immune responses in the skin of human subjects.
The study found that even relatively small doses of ultraviolet radiation caused significant immunosuppression in the skin of volunteers. Using less UV than is needed to cause mild sunburn, once daily for five days, the skin's immune responses were reduced by an average of 40%. Interestingly, individuals with darker skin were just as easily immunosuppressed as those with very pale skin.
Sunburn a risk to Immunity
"Ultraviolet radiation exposures here are higher than almost anywhere else in the world, due to our climate, our latitude and the ongoing depletion of the ozone layer."
The "Journal of the American Medical Association" warns that, as well as causing skin cancer and cataracts, even a slight case of sunburn suppresses immune-system protection against a variety of infectious diseases.
These include tuberculosis, leprosy, malaria, measles, chicken pox, herpes and fungal diseases.
There are also fears that vaccination programs could be compromised.
Research shows that too much ultra violet radiation changes the behaviour of the immune cells which operate directly under the skin layer.
Immune cells which normally would repel infections coming in contact with the skin, slow their actions which makes it easier for an infection to become established.
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