Thank You For Flying

It is no sur­prise to me how bad­ly air­lines are doing as an indus­try. I fly only infre­quent­ly, but the new air­port secu­ri­ty mea­sures since that fright in the UK a few months ago, the expense of tick­ets and the rack­et of sur­charges if you need to make a reser­va­tion change make me want to dri­ve, no mat­ter how far I’m going. If I fly I’m sup­posed to get to the air­port 3 hours before my flight leaves, car­ry no more liq­uid than 3oz trav­el-sized con­tain­ers in a 1-quart zip-top bag that I have to dig out of my car­ry-on, along with my lap­top and what­ev­er else they want to look at. And of course there is the shoe-removal, coat-removal, etc. Then, if you make it past secu­ri­ty quick­ly, you’re stuck for 2.5 hours twid­dling your thumbs. And if secu­ri­ty is run­ning slow, you might stand in line for the 3 hours and miss your flight. There is not one redeem­ing qual­i­ty to the expe­ri­ence.

I’m fly­ing to NYC today. My plane leaves at 3:40, so I have to get to Hop­kins at 1. It doesn’t arrive in NYC until 7:02. A 6 hour trip time fly­ing, when I could dri­ve to NYC in 8. Dri­ving wouldn’t cost me $500, I could have my car filled with nail clip­pers and bot­tles of water, and could pack my bag any way I chose. In ret­ro­spect I should have dri­ven. Less stress and has­sle on the open road.

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  • Thank your lucky stars that you’re not a smok­er. Add with­draw­al symp­toms to the above list. Hav­ing said that I’ve dri­vin’ and flown to NYC many times and I’d still rather fly. Bon voy­age.

  • I’m used to 8 hour road­trips, jam­ming to the radio, and stop­ping at lit­tle podunk gas sta­tions or ice cream shacks. To me, dri­ving is more adven­tur­ous. At least, it has been since the ter­ror­ists won.

  • Fly­ing is a mess; I fly 4–6 times a year and it’s pret­ty much always a night­mare, espe­cial­ly since those new restric­tions that every­one knows are total­ly use­less. You’re total­ly right about being there either way too ear­ly or just too late- I’ve missed a flight or two in my time. Plus, because I have to check in the dog (they’re sup­posed to look over her car­ri­er, but all they do is take my $50 pet fee), I have to stand in the See A Human Being line, which is INCREDIBLY slow. Ugh, fly­ing. I can final­ly afford it and now I don’t want to do it any­more.

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