The NY Times on the Geneva-Convention-violating nightmare that is modern travel.
Kristin Chenoweth would be uncomfortable on most flights longer than an hour these days.
After visiting my father in Greenville, S.C. in April, my wife and I flew to New Orleans for a few days. We quickly realized that renting a car and driving between the two cities might have cost us a couple more hours but overall would have been more pleasant. I’ve driven about ten hours straight once during a road trip through California and it was physically less demanding and more enjoyable than flying just half that amount of time cross country.
Pope Francis would pimp slap some of the people you encounter on planes today. My blood pressure, wide shoulders, and long legs can’t handle it.
December 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm
I’m 5’2″, 110 lbs., and the last time I was on a plane there wasn’t room for my feet. Aside from that, the trip out was a nightmare. I waited 3 hours in Newark to board for a plane to Detroit to connect to Columbus, Ohio. (I didn’t make these arrangements, the corporate travel department did.) I had to run through the terminal to catch my connecting plane, which I got on 10 minutes after it was supposed to leave. Checked into the hotel at 10:30 p.m., having left my office at 11 a.m. One of our salesmen begged me to drive with him, but I demurred. He got there the same time I did after a 10-hour drive.
On the trip back, though, I went to the airport early, got on standby, got another standby flight in Detroit, and arrived home two hours before my scheduled plane was supposed to take off. The only problem was we had to circle the Delaware Water Gap for about 45 minutes because there wasn’t room for us at the airport.
December 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm
The lack of control and predictability is a big issue with flying. It’s very rare that a 10-hr drive is significantly more than a 10-hr-drive, especially when you factor predicted traffic patterns into the planning. During road trips, we’ve encountered major blockages and detours and still were able to react with better results than the insane 3 hour delays that can occur at airport for no reason.