Thursday, March 16, 2006


More Woes for Fliers

"Ah for the days when flying was a gentleman's sport...before every Joe Lunchpail could wedge himself behind a tray table and jet off to Raleigh-Durham."
- Sideshow Bob

despite all my complaining, it still amazes me that one can jump onto a jet, and for a relatively affordable price, jet off to just about anywhere in the world. But in their efforts to stay in business, things aren't as fun as they used to be. First, they take away pillows and blankets, now they charge for even a half an inch of extra leg room and they may start charging for both checked and carry-on bags. (Don't ask me why they don't just- you know- raise prices). But anyway, the days of nickel and diming us have arrived..and just when you thought it couldn't get any get this.

A year or so ago, the FAA sought comments from the public on the impact of allow cell phone use on airplanes. The result was 8,000 comments against and about 50 comments in favor. Of course the 50 comments in favor where likely cell phone companies. Can you guess which view will likely win out?

Yep, looks like the FAA is about to allow cell phone use on jets during flight. So now, in addition to being wedged into the tiniest of spaces, hoping that the snack box for sale won't be the 'gray box' yet again, you can now listen to Bob talk to his coworker about the wonderful synergies of Investitron's new database program, hear Carol complain about her gout, and listen to Hyram discuss the fact that he thinks the plane is somewhere over Kansas.

I'm starting to think that South Park has the right idea.

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