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
Don’t look now, airline dress codes are on the way.
Recent headlines have been filled with accounts of passengers who were kicked off of their flights, simply because of the clothes they happened to be wearing.
One man was booted off a Delta flight because his shirt displayed an anti-TSA message. Other passengers were escorted off a Southwest flight because their attire was deemed inappropriate (due to cleavage), while others have been refused passage because of shorts which were considered “too short.”
Where will this madness end?
On one side of the argument you have the old farts (like me) who recall the past glory days of aviation when passengers actually dressed nice for their flight. We now observe passengers boarding flights in what appear to be the pajamas they rolled out of bed wearing. Oh, for the days gone by.
Of course passengers quickly reply by saying they are tired of the growing TSA security requirements and they will wear as little as possible, allowing them to quickly move through the security process with as little hassle as possible. Many, citing their dress as a point of expression, reply that they can wear anything they like and limiting such would be the same as limiting their freedom of speech. (A little bit of a stretch there I am afraid.)
The bottom line is airlines, just as any restaurant or other business, can refuse service to customers if they so choose. They have every right to establish and enforce rules of conduct and dress, based on company policy and for those who do not wish to comply - they will be forced to look elsewhere for service, or in this case transportation.
The problem is there is no consensus among airlines and what is appropriate on one airline is deemed inappropriate by another. It is for this reason there is talk among many in Washington to put forth some type of minimum dress standard for airline travel.
Like we don’t have enough to concern ourselves with.
No, additional rules are not needed and no standardized dress code should be rolled out. What we need is for airlines to do a better job educating their customers on what is, and what is not, accepted attire when traveling. We have millions of people flying each day and only a few seem to have attire issues, so my hope is we don’t saddle the masses with additional rules based on the actions of a few.