Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Not So Friendly Skies

Did you see the recent news from American Airlines? Not only are they jacking prices again, but to check ONE BAG there is now a $15 fee. They're laying off hundreds of workers. Most likely the workers who would have handled the checked bags.

I used to love flying. I flew for the first time when I was 18 years old and a girlfriend and I visited multiple Hawaiian Islands. It really was something. The seats were comfortable with lots of leg room and personal space; the flight attendants were very polite and helpful. The food was even good!

I've flown a lot over the years since then. I guess that's my problem. I remember when it used to be a pleasurable experience. Now it's my idea of Hell On Earth.

The flight is overbooked, so you better get your boarding pass early. You slowly shuffle forward like automatons, waiting your turn to go through security . Did you read how the security screeners missed the bomb parts but yanked the bottle of water IN THE SAME SUITCASE???

And again, same thing only this time they "caught" a bottle of shampoo???

They pack you in like sardines. You bring your own food...how long before they charge you to carry on that lunch bag?

This comic from Mike Luchovich really hits the nail on the head:

I am in awe of Don Mills Diva, a pilot herself. How wonderful it would be if I could fly myself west? Unfortunately, if I want to see my parents, sister, or anyone else in my family I have to suffer through the indignities of airline travel. Something always goes wrong, I never have all four flights be event-free. I'm just dreading it.

I wish they'd hurry up and create a real Star Trek transporter. Beam me up, Scotty.


Momma said...

Amen to that! I'm so glad that I'm no longer a business traveler. In fact, my husband and I are talking about taking another trip soon, but we want to drive, not fly, for obvious reasons. It's turned into a real mess. Last time I flew? They confiscated my cuticle trimmers that I had forgotten about in my makeup bag. What the heck was I going to do with those??? Offer to manicure the flight crew??

Peace - D

Don Mills Diva said...

Aww thanks Kathy - too bad gas is so expensive it would probably cost me twice as much to fly myself...though if the hassles keep getting worse that might be a bargain!

Tee said...

I agree! I'm so glad I enjoyed flying when it was fun. It's such a hassle, especially if you are trying to fly out of some place like Atlanta. Sometimes the security wait is 45 minutes to an hour. I always get the third degree because I have a metal hip and for some reason they don't believe me. It just annoys the heck out of me. I'm so glad we traveled when we were younger.