Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Notes from Lady Skywriter

I have no delusions that there is anybody out there intentionally reading this blog yet. Perhaps you stumbled on Lady Skywriter by accident, and rediscovered friendly skies. Remember those? The days when two adults could pass one another in the aisle of an airliner without touching? Days when virtually all seating was two abreast? When someone took your coat and hung it in a coat room during the flight? When the captain got on the p.a. at cruising altitude and invited you up to the flight deck to say hello?

Yes, it took us longer to get from place to place 50 years ago, being powered by propellers and all, but if you factor in today’s crowded skies and interminable delays the net flight time in many cases isn’t all that different, jets notwithstanding.

It would be a blessing if the flights were significantly shorter these days. It would ease the discomfort factor. Today’s cabin announcements warn us to “stay in your seats with your seat belts fastened.” So stay we do, knees under our chins, not daring to turn the page in our newspaper for fear of putting out the eye of our seat mate. IF you are lucky enough to have an aisle seat, you probably paid extra for it. This may allow you to stretch out your legs into the aisle, but be cautious to avoid having them run over by the “no free lunch” snack and beverage cart being muscled along by a crew member older than your mother. Now don’t get me wrong, here. I have no objections to mothers or grandmothers working today’s flights (I have achieved both designations, myself) so long as they are pleasant, accommodating and capable.

Anyway, since you are here, welcome aboard! Please weigh in with your own travel experiences and yes, your travails as well. And if you have a great story about the golden age of passenger flight, we’re eager to hear it.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep an eye on today’s aviation happenings as well as collecting historic tales. Currently up in the air is the NWA/Delta merger which, if successful, would create the world’s largest airline, potentially doubling the number of destinations for your lost luggage. Stay tuned.


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