Podcast #74 Flying is for the Birds

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Flying used to be exciting. Now it is just annoying.

You get dropped off  at the airport. For reasons of security, people can’t wait with you. You are suddenly cut off from your normal life. After you check in, you join the security line. This line can take an hour to get through.

Here’s what you do for the security check. Take off your jacket, shoes and belt. Wallet, keys and loose change come out of your pockets. You place all this into trays for scanning. You walk through a metal detector. Some airports use full body scanners. That’s like going naked on TV.

It seems as though everyone has carry-on baggage. There are two reasons for this. Airlines charge for checked luggage. Also, checked luggage regularly gets lost.

The seats typically have a minimum of leg room. I get leg cramps for days after a long flight. A fat neighbor constricts you even further. Usually someone is coughing nearby. You’re breathing in stale air and germs. You see a video on what to do in an emergency. Is a raft really useful in the Alps? There are four bathrooms for 300 passengers. This makes you think twice about drinking water. Airplane  food used to be free, hot and acceptable. Now it is cold and tasteless and costs money. Yummy.

Finally, you arrive at your destination. With luck your luggage isn’t damaged or lost. In a couple of days your body will be back to normal. Do you think I’ve been exaggerating? Compare what I have described with airline ads. Which of the two are closer to the truth?

 

Flying used to be exciting.

Traveling by airplane used to be something special

Now it is just annoying.

Now it’s become tedious.

You get dropped off  at the airport.

Someone drops you off at the airport.

For reasons of security, people can’t wait with you.

Because of security, people can’t keep you company.

You are suddenly cut off from your normal life.

Suddenly you  are isolated from normal life.

After you check in, you join the security line.

After checking in, comes the security line.

This line can take an hour to get through.

It can take an hour to get through this line.

Here’s what you do for the security check.

Here’s the procedure for security.

Take off your jacket, shoes and belt.

Jacket, shoes and belt come off.

Wallet, keys and loose change come out of your pockets.

Empty your pockets of wallet, keys and coins.

You place all this into trays for scanning.

All this gets placed into trays for scanning.

You walk through a metal detector.

You go through a metal detector.

Some airports use full body scanners.

In some airports your whole body gets scanned.

That’s like going naked on TV.

That’s like being naked on television.

It seems as though everyone has carry-on baggage.

It seems like everyone has a carry-on bag.

There are two reasons for this.

There are two explanations for this.

Airlines charge for checked luggage.

You have to pay to check your luggage.

Also, checked luggage regularly gets lost.

Also, airlines lose luggage with regularity.

The seats typically have a minimum of leg room.

Leg room in the seats is typically at a minimum.

I get leg cramps for days after a long flight.

After a long flight I have leg cramps for days.

A fat neighbor constricts you even further.

An obese neighbor reduces your space even further.

Usually someone is coughing nearby.

Usually there’s a cougher somewhere near.

You’re breathing in stale air and germs.

Bacteria and re-cycled air enter your lungs.

You see a video on what to do in an emergency.

They show  a video on emergency procedures.

Is a raft really useful in the Alps?

How helpful is a raft in the Alps?

There are four bathrooms for 300 passengers.

Three hundred passengers share four bathrooms.

This makes you think twice about drinking water.

This makes liquid consumption problematical.

Airplane  food used to be free, hot and acceptable.

Food on airplanes used to be free, hot and adequate.

Now it is cold and tasteless and costs money.

Now you have to pay for cold, tasteless food.

Yummy.

Yum yum.

Finally, you arrive at your destination.

You finally reach your destination.

With luck your luggage isn’t damaged or lost.

Damaged or lost luggage is not uncommon.

In a couple of days your body will be back to normal.

In a day or two your body will be in balance again.

Do you think I’ve been exaggerating?

Do you think this is all an exaggeration?

Compare what I have described with airline ads.

Compare my description against airline ads.

Which of the two are closer to the truth?

Which of the two better reflect reality?

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