Unrelated to security issues, as I become older I am becoming more of a fearful flyer. When I hear a strange noise, the plane drops unexpectedly, we encounter rough air or the plane changes course abruptly or drastically I become quite anxious.
My situation still requires that I fly a few times a year, but due to security issues and loss of novelty, the whole experience has lost its magic. I flew from YVR
last week, and the whole experience from check-in to the gate took slightly over two and a half hours. It's hardly worth it and has gone from one of the best parts of a vacation/business trip to a sort of uncomfortable, boring way to get from point A to point B.
I'd rather be sitting at the foot of the runway at YVR
watching the A340s and B747s of the various foreign airlines floating overhead. Boarding an airplane used to give me a thrill, but over the years my interest has largely shifted to plane spotting and being an outside observer rather than a passenger.