Flying in America

Flying has always been unpleasant, and rife with small indignities. It’s likely that I was more alert than usual to the agitation of those around me. But as America lurches awkwardly toward an economic “reopening” in the weeks ahead, my fraught travel experience highlighted an unwelcome truth: The glittering allure of “normalcy” that waits on the other end of these stay-at-home orders is a mirage.

McKay Coppins

From the Atlantic: I Just Flew. It Was Worse Than I Thought It Would Be.

I used to love flying. When I was a kid, it was an amazing experience. Even in shitty Indian Airlines flights that couldn’t properly maintain cabin pressure so you always got an earache during takeoffs and landings.

Came across this meme from Bored Panda a while back.


So that happened.

I keep waiting for someone in the airline business to come up with something that will kick the ass of every airline out there, but so far, I’ve seen diddly. I feel like Jet Blue and Virgin America tried, but ultimately became just another airline.

The only way to have a reasonably comfortable flight for me these days is to fly business class. Which I can’t do every time because money. But on those rare occasions when I can score a business-class upgrade for pennies on the dollar?

Well Susan, the future ain’t what you thought it might be, but it could be worse.

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