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
The Federal Aviation Administration is to receive a report this week on the possible impact of certain electronics and how they impact aircraft operations. So many passengers are asking that their electronic devices be allowed during takeoffs and landings that the FAA is looking at the possibility of easing some of those restrictions.
I, for one, certainly hope not.
As a passenger I understand the frustration. I am to report to the airport 90 minutes early (at least) which cuts into my productive work day. I make my way through the security process and resume my work in the gate area, only to be forced to stop once again as the lengthy boarding process ensues. Once on board the aircraft I can try to get a little work in before the plane leaves the gate, which is when I am to “store all electronic devices in preparation for takeoff.” The problem is, sometimes “takeoff” doesn’t happen for twenty or thirty minutes…if not longer. Still, more wasted time.
It’s annoying and cuts into productive time and for many professionals it’s hard to turn on and off the creative portion of the brain and to be forced to start, stop, restart and stop throughout the process it affects the outcome of the work to be sure. Plus, my little computer has no effect on aircraft operations, right?
Oh, I hear people all the time blabbering about how electronics have no effect, but there are nearly 100 instances from 2000 to 2009 where reports of electronic interference have affected flight operations on a commercial flight. When you crunch the numbers, it has happened on one out of every 300,000 flights. For those who are thinking “That’s all?” I ask for permission to slap you upside the head (in a NCIS kind of way).
I have been on the flight deck when a cell phone from a First Class passenger actually caused a computer display to reset. It blinked, went black and then flickered back. The passenger apologized and the flight continued as scheduled, but it’s an experience I will never forget and is one of the reasons why I am so against any proposed changes to the electronic device rule.
Currently the passenger electronics are turned off when the aircraft is operating below 10,000 feet. It’s during this time that flight operations are in a critical state, where crew members are required to conduct a series of arrival/departure checklists. It’s so critical, the FAA has a “sterile cockpit rule” which states that no unprofessional conversation is to take place during this time – everything discussed is to relate to the operation of that aircraft. Mistakes during this time can be catastrophic and no distractions of any kind are allowed.
Enter Joe Blow in seat 3B, who thinks the rule on electronic devices is stupid and he’s found a way to use his computer when the flight is on final approach into JFK. At a time when the flight crew is working with air traffic control to make sure there is ample separation between aircraft and as the flight prepares to land – we want to take the chance at distracting the crew and endangering the lives of every person on board? Why would we ever want to take that chance? Even if it was one in a million?
When this topic comes up I always think of the person who can’t stop smoking long enough to put gas in their car. There they are pumping away with that lit cigarette hanging from their mouth. Hey, it’s never been a problem before and I’ve been pumping gas for years. Yeah, right. It’s one thing for this Darwin Award candidate to blow himself into a million pieces, but it’s quite another when a person’s actions endanger hundreds of passengers who are simply trying to travel from point A to point B.
To me, it’s a no-brainer and the rules should stay in place. Forget the work which is waiting or the word-game which is ongoing…it can wait. When it comes to safety there should be a zero tolerance for anything that represents a possibility of danger to a commercial flight.
Leave the electronics off.