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Marching Together

A HEALTHY START IN LIFE—for babies, nothing is more important. For the March of Dimes, raising awareness and funding programs and research that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies is priority one today, just as it’s been for the past 75 years.

For thousands of co-workers, friends and families at United, a national sponsor of March for Babies, the months of April and May offer opportunities in more than 900 communities across the country to support the good work of the March of Dimes.

United teams will participate in March for Babies fundraising activities and walks in Denver, L.A. and San Francisco on April 27; in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and New York on April 28; and in Washington, D.C., on May 4.

And as the Official Airline Sponsor of the March of Dimes National Ambassador Program, United will proudly fly 2013 National Ambassador Nina Centofanti and her family as they travel throughout the United States to share her story and help raise awareness of premature birth.

United’s customers can join in and support this worthy cause by visiting united.com/marchofdimes. Options include making a cash or MileagePlus Charity Miles contribution, or starting a team of walkers in your local community to benefit the March of Dimes.

Your help is vital. For a newborn baby, it may make the difference for that healthy start.

With Captain Mike Bowers

Q: What are the chimes that we frequently hear during a flight?

A: The chimes are designed to alert the flight attendants of various things going on in the aircraft. One chime notifies the flight attendants to pick up the phone to answer a call from the pilots. There are tones for when you ring your flight attendant call button, and when a passenger in the lavatory needs assistance. When we cycle the seat belt sign, there is yet another tone. When we are climbing through 10,000 feet, we send a double chime to the cabin to let the flight attendants know it’s safe for our customers to use certain portable electronic devices. As part of their safety and service training, flight attendants recognize the different tones and the colored lights on the aircraft ceiling to determine the nature of the call.

Do you have a question for Captain Bowers? Write him at askthepilot@united.com.

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