I don’t understand why people are fixated on the idea that flying should be a pleasant experience. Because it’s so expensive to fuel a plane, they cram in far too many seats and yeah, it sucks — but the gain is, flying is much more affordable than it was in the old days.

I no more expect a comfort zone on a plane than I do on a bus. It’s something to be endured until I get where I’m going.

5 thoughts on “Flying

  1. I read the article, and I really couldn’t find anything in it that was incorrect. (and it wasn’t a “flying should be pleasant”, but more like “people are getting more stressed as the hassles increase”)

    And I think it’s a good point that as people get more stressed (from TSA nonsense, from bag fees that cause carryon to be over-used, crowded flights, etc.), then the social conventions tend to break down.

    Put it in a larger context, of a citizenry that is increasingly stressed by a terrible economy, bombarded by genuine bad news and fear-inducing propaganda, and the result could get very ugly.

    I’m more optimistic about the situation with airlines, because at least they don’t have 25% of the passengers behaving like Teabaggers, screeching incoherently and demanding to fly the plane.

  2. The busses are getting better. At least the seats are sized for humans, and there’s enough legroom.

  3. And there’s always Amtrak, on certain routes. Like mine from Rochester, New York to New York, New York. Legroom galore, no checked baggage fees, no security hassles…

    Just a rush to the right side of the train going to NYC. That’s where you get to see, oh, the Mohawk River Valley…Utica, Amsterdam, Schenectady, Albany…. where the train makes this awesome leap over the Hudson River and a right turn into the Hudson River Valley.

    Then you get to glue yourself to the window and watch that landscape go by. One of the things you will notice (if you are me) is that there are now places on the Hudson where people take their kids to swim.

    It’s not exactly pristine, but it is cleaner than it used to be. Thanks to???

    Mostly Pete Seeger, from what I gather.

  4. It’s not the inconvenience or aggravation or being made to feel like cattle that turns me off from flying. The last time I flew was before 9/11. The flight out to Denver was fine. Of course, it was a late night flight and not all of the seats were filled. I couldn’t fall asleep because the seats suck. But it was not too bad. The flight back home was in the middle of the day and crowded and delayed for some dumb reason and then once we got on the plane some of the passengers wouldn’t sit down so we couldn’t take off and it was quite loud. I knew the life story of just about everyone within 20 feet. But as unpleasant as that sounds that wouldn’t stop me from flying again. The security BS since 9/11 is what stops me. Not that I’m concerned about being on a no-fly list or anything. I just feel like if I put up with the BS, I’m condoning it. Which isn’t to say that I am judging anyone who does fly these days. I understand the necessity of flying and I’m lucky to be in a position that I don’t have to fly. If it was required for my job I would do it. But I just won’t fly if I don’t have to. If I really had to go across country I’d probably use the train.

    If I ever save enough money to go overseas, that’s another story…

  5. I fly a lot for work and really I can’t see any savings from the regulated days. Especially if you tack on a fee for a checked bag and a fee for selecting a preferred seat, a couple of bucks for a coke, $25 bucks, or whatever for an extra 4 inches of leg room, etc etc etc. BTW, notice that if you forget to express a preference, the default is a center seat? It’s a Rethug business model. A captive clientele equals ‘make them think they’re getting something for nothing and screw ’em to the wall.’

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