On August 9. 2005 I flew Alaskan Airlines aka Robbing Hood Air from Lax to King Salmon, Alaska. I was looking forward to a six week kayak trip in the wilderness. When I left the sky was clear and weather outlook was fine but soon there was to be a drastic turn of events. I had just changed planes in Anchorage and we were waiting to take off for King Salmon, Alaska. The cabin doors were closed and locked. As I peered out the window there was my baggage coming up the conveyor belt. Holy blue canoe Batman! Immediately, I could see something wasn't quite right. The top to my barrel pack seemed to be missing and a piece of cardboard taped over it. My trip was evaporating right before my eyes. I was locked in the cabin unable to get out. I was trembling and frightened. When the plane landed my worse fears came true. My six weeks worth of gear was missing including the parts necessary to put my kayak together. I had no choice but to immeditately cancel my trip and board the next plane back for Los Angeles. Fortunately, I was still alive but shaken. With what must be nerves of steel, Alaskan Airlines was completely unfazed by the situation. Not only unfazed but seemed to think it was quite funny. To be fair to Robbing Hood Air I think that was a King Salmon thing. Complete lack of supervision of employees.
The only way I will fly Alaska Airlines again is when I have no choice such as when I go to the Katmai and have to fly their partner airline. Oh, No! Did I say partner airline. I hope that dosen't mean partner as partner in crime.
Some of the other experiences you will have on Robbing Hood Air are flight attendants running up and down the aisle like the flying nun asking if you would like coffee or a drink and then you will never see them again. By not bringing the coffee it will help keep Robbing Hood Airs costs down and out of bankruptcy court. So will the profit from the fencing of the goods stolen from their passangers.
I have a reward up for the return of my gear. A worthless $200 Alaska Airlines coupon or a used paperback copy of Camus, The Stranger (Value of book is 25 cents). Believe me the books the better deal.