I, for one, welcome our new Canadian overlords

I wasn’t aware we’d been conquered by Canada, but the Airline Pilot’s Association apparently knows something we don’t. Why else would they fly the flag of another nation above that of our own?

Methinks someone needs to consult the US Flag code.

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof:

14 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    I see flag code violations all the time. People flying their flags at night without good illumination, having the stars on the wrong side when hung vertically, people letting their flags touch the ground or plants — Tom DeLay, during his resignation speech, had a flag hanging behind him that was half resting on a table. President Bush has autographed flags and was recently photographed so…


    For some reason I’m into the flag code, even though I dislike flags in general and am not a big fan of the one America chose — we should’ve gone with the “Don’t Tread On Me” snake one!

  2. Brock (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Here’s a thought – someone in an apartment near mine had a foreign flag hanging in their window (I say “foreign flag” because I can’t remember now what it was). Would it technically be considered a violation if someone in an apartment below them was flying an American flag?

  3. starship (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    so what’s your solution? should they also lower the Canadian flag although Canadian people isn’t in mourning?

  4. Wayan (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    Best solution buy a big flag.

  5. ajw93 (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    Why, oh WHY, is the flag patch on the arms of service uniforms sewn on backward? Isn’t the field of stars meant to be on the upper-left corner always? So confusing…

  6. j (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    The solution is usually that the flag pole flying the American flag is higher than that of any other flag around it so that if indeed it’s flying at half-staff, the neighboring flags are still below it.
    Obviously, the Airline Pilots Association didn’t know about that when planting their little flag poles.

  7. Hy Hy (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    If the Airline Pilots Association had planted a flagpole any larger, they’d be compelled to paint white and orange stripes on it. I’m sure that violates some obscure flag display protocol.

  8. Don (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Actually, flying the American flag higher than other country’s flags is also a violation of the flag code.

  9. cda (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Unfortunately, an honest mistake made by the person responsible for raising the flags, who didn’t realize that 1) the half-mast period for the VT mourning was over and 2) it applied to both flags. They were both at half-mast last week.

  10. Jerry (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

    Actually…it is “half-staff” on land. The only time a flag is “half-mast” is on a ship.

  11. Mike (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    “Why, oh WHY, is the flag patch on the arms of service uniforms sewn on backward?”

    Because it’s facing forward that way. If the soldier were running forward the flag would be flapping that way, with the stripe-side trailing.

  12. Breaux (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 1:19 am

    Interesting comments

  13. cda (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 3:21 am

    “Actually…it is “half-staff” on land. The only time a flag is “half-mast” is on a ship.”

    Yep, I’m a Navy guy….

  14. ajw93 (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    Mike! It actually, in a weird government way, makes sense! Thank you. That bothers me ALL the time as I am at the Pentagon transit station every day seeing many uniforms.

    Thank you, thank you!

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