F IS FOR FLYING
The world has become such a small place now that we can fly just about anywhere, even though it can still be pricey to get to some places. But now that people spend hours traveling across continents whereas it used to take weeks or months we have the ability to see and do more than in all previous generations.
Although in the last 11 years the way people fly as a means to travel has changed drastically: exponentially heightened security. I can remember a time when you didn’t have to be at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight and security was just walking through a gate. There was no such thing as liquid restriction or having “random” secondary security screenings. It almost feels like there’s almost too much hassle to travel by airplane because of all the waiting before, during, and after flights.
On the other hand, online check-in, airport WiFi, personalized entertainment screens, and more food kiosks has made the waiting bearable and sometimes enjoyable. I find I answer a much larger volume of e-mails, take time to read, and have time to write, though I have been distracted on many occasions by the in-flight and personalized entertainment systems. Where else can I catch up on ALL of the movies that I haven’t bothered to watch in the last 6 months?
In spite of my fear of heights I actually enjoy flying as a mode of travel and I still get excited like a little kid during take-off and landing. There are no passenger trains in the Canadian prairies so the only way to get anywhere is putting the effort into driving oneself. Planes are the only way to travel where you don’t have to do the driving yourself actually have the choice of sleeping the whole journey away.