Suggestion For The Airlines #1LinerWeds

Before I say anything else, this is not directed at flight crews, gate agents, and other ground personnel. You folks are great, and I realize you have no say in how your planes are configured and that you do everything you can to make flying as comfortable as you can. It’s been a good ten years since I’ve been on an airplane, but I flew on business for over twenty years before that, and by the end of that period I was always looking for reasons to rationalize driving as opposed to flying because the experience was, to put it mildly, horrible. From comments I’ve seen in various forums, things have only become worse.


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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

37 thoughts on “Suggestion For The Airlines #1LinerWeds”

  1. You are so right. Bill used to travel constantly when he was in Corporate America. He actually traveled Internationally, too. The horror stories of his air travel made me cringe! And, now he is a trucker, though still Internationally. wink

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  2. They do keep making them tighter and tighter. It wouldn’t bother me so much if the prices weren’t so painstakingly high, and continuously raised with it. I don’t mind being crammed if I only paid 60 bucks at Spirit as opposed to 400 with Southwest or United.

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    1. Right. The fare sets a certain level of expectation. It was one thing when I was traveling for pleasure, another when I was traveling on business. And there’s nothing worse than knowing the person sitting beside you paid half of what you did…

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  3. I’d rather take 3 or 4 days to drive across country than fly in a day. I really dislike the whole flying experience. It would be nicer if I could afford 1st class, but that’s financially out of reach for me. Give me my van so I can stop and get out whenever I want, have more food choices, and be in my own space without having a bunch of people sharing the experience with me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. I don’t remember what airlines it was I think Southwestern… no South something… anyway my Mom use to live in Las Vegas and she & my stepdad would fly back and forth and if they would ask anyone if they’d like to wait for the next flight because they overbooked they would jump at it because then they’d get two free airline tickets too! Go figure!!! Interesting though I must say!

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    1. That can work out well. I was booked on a United flight out of Atlanta to Chicago, and when they asked for volunteers I jumped at it, because I had been assigned a center seat on an extra-full flight and the next flight was just an hour later. The flight I ended up taking was about half-full, and I got an aisle seat with an empty seat beside me. Plus, I got $500 in vouchers (which I never used,darn it).

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  5. I guess I’m in the minority here, because I love to fly. We travel from TX to MO about twice a year, and have been on S. West, Delta, and most often American. We’ve had no problems other than weather delays. (knock wood) Once we even were treated to a limo ride from Columbia to St. Louis, to catch a flight, courtesy of American. Plus, we got reimbursed. I’ll take flying over driving anytime. 🙂

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    1. I always liked flying, and when I started in the Eighties it was still the way to go. Since 9/11 it’s been a mess, with overcrowded planes and diminished service. I would just as soon drive.

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  6. Hi John – sometimes we need to fly – just wish some people could respect life, have common sense and give a good service – most do … I’d love to drive up and down and across the States sometime!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Like I said, flight crews and ground personnel are great, and the lousy decisions made by their management affect them maybe even more than the passengers. They do their best to make the trip an enjoyable experience (well, as much as that’s possible) despite the situation.

      It’s too bad Route 66 (the highway that went from Chicago down the center of the country and through the Southwest, ending in Los Angeles) no longer exists. That was supposed to be a great ride. I knew someone who did it with her family one summer and she just loved it.

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  7. Ah yes, sardines, being smacked in the elbow by other passengers never mind the cart, allowed one small tote or else, being charged for everything when it used to be free. Ughhhh. The last time I was on a flight…they ran out of, wait for it, water! No coffee or tea and no water when you used the washroom!

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  8. John, I enjoyed the vintage commercial. The flight attendant looks so lovely and fresh. You’ve visited my blog enough to know you won’t catch me on a plane but if I had to fly in a vessel where I felt like a sardine in a can then I’d certainly go stir crazy. That’s just ridiculous. Thanks for popping by today!

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  9. I used the airlines for travel a lot when I owned my business and when I worked for others. I never encountered any type of violence while flying but then my last flight was in 2010. I have been on some scary flights but obviously I lived through it. I think the worst was when lightening hit my plane. That was a frightening experience.

    My last flight was on Southwest. I was flying from Baltimore to Jax, Fl and all the flights were delayed due to bad weather. They kept changing our gate – it was crazy. Finally we board the plane and the steward announces “drinks on us!” It was a fun flight, to say the least.

    I no longer fly due to inner ear issues.

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    1. The worst I had was on a flight to Kansas City (Delta, of course). The pilot knew we were headed for some serious turbulence, but instead of being routed around it, he was sent through it. That was air traffic control’s fault…

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  10. I always look for an alternative to flying, preferably a train. Just when you think they can’t possibly get any worse, they surprise you. American announce recently that they will be squeezing the seats another 2″ 😦

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