Smart PBS CrewID
This extension is for a very small contingent of individuals at United Airlines that work on the Preferential Bidding System team as instructors. If you are not one of these individuals, this extension is not for you. It only functions on a specific website URL that requires user login. For PBS Instructors, this extension will be a time saver by relaxing the requirements of the CrewID field in Interbids when entering a pilots file number. It will also save time by immediately loading the pilots PBS Crew Info page rather than making you click again on the pilots file number once it has been found and then clicking yet again on the 'Proxy' button. This will also save you a bit of time when doing your own bidding! Acceptable CrewID entries with this extension: 1. Uppercase 'U' and 6 digits (normal file number format). No change. 2. Uppercase 'U' and 4-6 digits (e.g. U1234, U12345): digits padded if required (e.g. U001234). 3. Lowercase 'u' and 4-6 digits (e.g. u12345): 'u' changed to uppercase and digits padded out if rquired (e.g. u012345) 4. 4-6 digits alone: The extension will add a 'U' and pad out the file number to 6 digits if required. 5. If there are any space characters on either side of the entered number, they will be deleted. Example usage of these features: On instructor duty working the prefbid chatline, I often find myself copying the file number of the pilot from the prefbid screen to the Interbids CrewID field, then changing a lowercase 'u' to an uppercase 'U' if required and deleting a space character after the filenumber. Now I can just copy, paste, and hit the 'Enter' key (or click the new 'Smart CrewID Search' button). If the entry is not something that the extension can determine how to repair (e.g. characters present other than the letter 'u' or 'U') then it will simply load your PBS screen. If you enter a pilot's filenumber and find your PBS Crew Info page is displayed, then it probably means that it was not a valid filenumber. You can always use the regular 'Search' button to see if Interbids can find the pilot. The extension adds a new button mentioned earlier: 'Smart CrewID Search' This button is next to the original 'Search' button. You can click the new button, or hit the 'Enter' key like always, but if you want to use the original search functionality, you will need to click on the 'Search' button. Permissions: Chrome may inform you about permissions required to install the extension. The program does not do anything other than change the crewID and reload the tab with the Crew Info page for that pilot. Whatever permissions are required are needed to accomplish that one task. I believe there is a way to look at the source code of the extension prior to installing, if you are curious--or you can ask the author.