I am glad I stopped flying.
The last time I was on a plane was right after New Years, 2002 which was 4 months after 9/11
Stewardesses were still friendly and TSA had yet to become the pains in the ass to all travelers that they've now become; I remember the inconvenience and annoyance of having to take off my shoes for inspection and turn in my luggage without locks for any worker to stick his or her inside and rummage & steal at will..
It was probably the last time flights served food and beverages for free, and admittedly thanks to all the post-9/11 fears, the Christmas Evening 2001 flight to my holiday destination in was the best I ever had
Honestly, 4/5ths of the airplane was void of passengers and those remaining we're offered to sit up in first class since those seats were pretty much empty.
I happily accepted the invite.
I just don't want to be one of the millions upon millions who reward an airline industry that received a $10 billion post 9/11 bailout by paying exorbitant prices for more crowded planes, smaller seats, longer flight times, being nickel & dime'd for every piece of luggage and peanut..
And then of course the TSA.. making us all 'safer'
Here's a simpler, quicker and cheaper way to keep us all safe.. Anyone with a Muslim or Arabic name or who looks Middle Eastern, you pull aside, pat down and inspect every orifice from mouth to vagina to anus for explosives
And IF someone other than a Middle Eastern Arab Muslim commits an act of terror in the skies, Then you look at that group closer..
All the tens of millions of flights.. billions of flights in all the airports throughout the 1940s up until September 10 and how many US planes were hijacked on US soil?
And then in a fingersnap we're all supposed to be thankful to have our privacy invaded, our bodies felt up by strangers and be inconvenienced for hours every time we want to fly under the guise of our protection..
Guess the government figures its not necessary to protect lives of those who take that form of transportation
Of course all these rules and regulations are not in place to save or protect lives; it is to save and protect the airline industry.
I don't expect it to happen in my lifetime but I sincerely look forward to the day that Star Trek technology becomes everyday reality, and instead of flying great distances to visit loved ones or sight see, one is simply transported
To be 'beamed' from one nation to another in a span of seconds..
I have not flown in an airplane in over 14 years..
And I don't feel I am missing a thing..