Airlines have had a bad rap lately in the press – battered passengers, stranded kids and drunken pilots. It’s a wonder anybody is flying at all. Seems, however, from speaking to colleagues in the industry and reading the travel press, the public is not really going to change its plans – because really – what choice do we have?
To get anywhere these days you usually have to take a flight. Even people who are terrified of flying still do it. They take the pills, they go to the therapy, but in today’s world flying has become a necessity – albeit an evil one for some.
It’s funny for me when I hear people complaining that the worst part of their vacation is the flight because (honestly) I really enjoy flying. There is just something so exciting about being in an airport, hearing your flight called, getting on the plane. Once on board I love getting settled into my seat armed with my ipad and my bottle of water. I rarely watch the inflight entertainment but I always do take my own earphones (just in case there is a blockbuster that I want to see). Mostly I just enjoy the ability to sit back and enjoy 3-10 hours of uninterrupted peace and quiet. My goodness – sounds like I live in a madhouse. Sometimes it feels like that.
So I am wondering what changes, if any, will be made in the airline industry to reassure the travelling public.
Sobriety testing for pilots prior to flights still seems to be raising problems according to a recent article. http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/is-your-airline-pilot-drunk-unions-are-making-it-hard-for-the-airline-to-be-sure
And flight community insiders are taking an interesting tack on the overbooking scandal. I found a very I interesting blog post by a pilot’s wife titled – I know you’re mad at United but…. Which does show the situation from another perspective. https://thepilotwifelife.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/i-know-youre-mad-at-united-but-thoughts-from-a-pilot-wife-about-flight-3411/
But now it is all going to be OK as Westjet has just announced a new no-frills airline. Goodness me – I thought the frills had gone long ago. Maybe they are following the path of notorious no friller Ryan Air. It will be an interesting ride for sure.