In the past 14 months, I’ve traveled 33 times by airplane. The number of flights I’ve been on soars to 85 if you include the layovers in that calculation, which only seems fair. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia—so I don’t fly direct very much.
I’m going to declare myself an above average observer and share my perceptions and musings about airline travel:
- Most people over 50 have a Kindle or an iPad.
- More people have iPhones than Droids. I rarely see a Blackberry.
- Some people talk really loudly on these devices and they truly don’t care who they disturb.
- If people strike up a conversation before take off, they talk incessantly until we deplane.
- The friendliest flight attendants are on Southwest.
- Most of the time, men offer to help you lift your very heavy carryon up to the overhead bin. (It never shifts during flight.)
- United’s Economy Plus is more humane and there shouldn’t be an up charge to sit there.
- It is never the fault of the airline so they never have to offer you a hotel vouchers. Nice they can save money that way.
- Yes, I’m Premier Silver with United but I’ve never darkened the door of the United Club. It’s just not me.
- Less than 50% of airports have free wifi.
- The food options are improving and getting healthier. BWI: Silver Diner! ORD: Tortas Frontera!!
- If you land in the Northeast, there’s always a DD.
- It’s a great way to see the world. I am fortunate to visit so many interesting and new places.
Did I miss anything, fellow travelers? Please share.