For the last four times that I’ve flown Alaska from Seattle to San Francisco, my return flight from Seattle has been delayed. It’s ridiculous, incessant, and incredibly annoying. The first time by around half and hour (the 6PM SEA – SFO). The middle two times by six hours (also the 6PM) and last night by an hour and a half (the 9PM). It’s always due to some aircraft maintenance problem or some thing like that. Last night, the fire warning light in one of the cargo holds was broken. I’ve undoubtedly had my worst on-time experience, ever, flying Alaska. Tonight I’m on a Continental flight to Newark, this flight, the 10PM SFO-EWR, in the three times or so that I’ve flown it has always been on time. For that matter, I think my return flights from EWR to SFO have always been on time to, so there’s no excuse for Alaska to blame it on their hub. This is nearing the last straw for me, if they don’t shape up I’m going to have to start forgoing the miles (Alaska to Northwest) and fly United.