Salon's "Ask the Pilot" column takes a curious look at the "bright side" of what has been the most delay-plagued year in aviation history. It’s been the summer of hell for travelers. So why, exactly, should travelers be cheerful?
Airfares are lower than ever, for one, and flight options abound.
<<< Allow me to be the first, and probably the last columnist in America to suggest that even as you’re wedged into a tiny seat next to a screaming infant, with a half-digested Chick-Fil-A sandwich hardening in your stomach, there’s plenty to be thankful for. What I mean, of course, is that we have lost an appreciation for just how cheap and accessible flying has become. The fact that for a few pennies per mile we have the ability to zip ourselves halfway across the country, or halfway around the world, in a matter of hours, in nearly absolute safety, is almost entirely taken for granted. Regardless of whether you’re a biased romantic like me, or a semi-occasional traveler who wouldn’t know a 747 from a fire hydrant, that’s just wrong. >>>
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