After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
What is it going to take?
The Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines continue to place children at risk and there is no indication whatsoever that anyone cares. It’s simply business as usual.
Throughout the summer travel season as many as a million children will fly as “unaccompanied minors.” The children. Ranging in age from 5 years to 14 years of age are flying alone and are in the complete care of the airline. However there are no limits as to how many children can fly on any given flight and that represents a huge issue of safety, in my opinion.
We limit the number of pets in a cabin, yet we do nothing to limit the number of children who are flying by themselves on a commercial flight. There have been flights which had as many as 40 to 50 children (again, ages 5-14) flying unaccompanied on a flight. If there was ever an emergency and the passengers were forced to evacuate the aircraft (which is normally done in less than 70 seconds) the few flight attendants would be charged with the responsibility of helping to evacuate the entire flight while also individually caring for the safety of each unaccompanied minor aboard the aircraft. It’s simply an unacceptable scenario, yet no one seems to care.
The reason is simple; money. The hundreds of thousands of children who are flying alone represent a substantial amount of revenue and airlines will not reduce their revenue potential. Limit the number of children who are allowed to fly? Absurd, they would say, especially during the safest era of commercial jet aviation.
Over the years I have contacted the Subcommittee on Aviation asking that they review the policy on unaccompanied minors. No reply.
I recently contacted Speaker John Boehner’s office asking for help and was told I would hear something in two weeks. That was five weeks ago.
Airline executives who are contacted refuse to address the situation as well, because for them it remains business as usual. It’s not broken, creates a significant sum of money for their airline and is something they do not wish to change. No need to do so, I am told.
We need to place a limit on the number of unaccompanied minors per flight. The number would be determined by how many children could be safely cared for by an airline flight crew, perhaps 10 or as many as 20. Whatever the number, to not have a limit is unacceptable and irresponsible.
When Continental 3407 crashed in Buffalo, NY we lost fifty lives. The subsequent investigation revealed serious flaws in the way airlines schedule their crew members and change was demanded. Aviation was made safer, but at the cost of 50 previous lives.
Unfortunately the FAA’s past reveals that it takes an accident and a loss of life before change takes place. An emergency aboard a flight with dozens of screaming and hysterical children running about, while passengers try to evacuate an aircraft, is a scene I hope we never are forced to witness. Yet, when that situation takes place, one of the first questions the public will demand to have answered is why nothing was done to limit the number of kids allowed to fly on the same flight.
It’s time someone finds the courage to address this situation, before it is too late. This change needs to come without the precious loss of life and it needs to be addressed now.