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Basil
05-16-2016, 04:23 PM
Due to changing life circumstances, I'm not traveling as much as I used to these days. I DO NOT miss it!

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/05/16/nightmarish-lines-continue-at-airport-security-checkpoints/

Boink
05-16-2016, 04:52 PM
We've been doing the "TSA-Pre" and it works well at larger airports. Thinking about paying for "Global Entry" (which includes TSA-Pre for $15 more).

coldplugs
05-16-2016, 06:09 PM
We signed up for Pre-check when it first became available. I have no complaints - worth every penny. But yes, the non-precheck lines look gruesome.

Keith_M
05-16-2016, 07:14 PM
Due to changing life circumstances, I'm not traveling as much as I used to these days. I DO NOT miss it!


My life circumstances are changing in the same way, and I agree wholeheartedly about not missing air travel! Besides the whole security nightmare, I have spent way too many hours stuck in airports because of weather problems and canceled flights. Sleeping on terminal floors wasn't too bad when I was younger, these days it's sheer ****.

SD Bugeye
05-16-2016, 08:25 PM
42707This is they way to fly I even took a grand father clock across country . Bite me TSA!

NutmegCT
05-16-2016, 09:44 PM
I've felt the same way for almost 20 years. Even a friend of mine - a retired pilot for a major USA airline - says he hates to fly now. Driving or railroad are my choices these days.

Gone are the pre-deregulation days of wide seats and decent meals on board. Chatting with the pilot up in the cockpit, relatively easy check in, people wearing hats and neckties. Jeez - I even remember when you could walk out to the plane.

Ah - the spacious and relatively un-stressful good ol' days.

https://www.panam.aero/sites/default/files/9stories.png

Not a nacho or flip flop in sight. First class or coach!

https://youtu.be/QaXZ8Nisyjo

PS - Keith - good to hear from you!

JPSmit
05-16-2016, 10:37 PM
Went to Atlanta this weekend - interestingly not that bad an experience. Long lineup to clear USA customs in Toronto (which is where they do it) but, SWMBO has a student VISA so we get a shorter line. More to the point, leaving ATL to return was easy, not crowded, clean and bright - and there was even decent leg room.

That said, it is clear to me that there is a great deal of job preservation going on "of course they can't get rid of me, I have to check passports and boarding passes" - long long after it was no longer necessary. :)

Boink
05-16-2016, 11:29 PM
Now just Greyhounds of the skies. "Sir, we offer complementary oxygen."
'Course, we have to remember that prior to de-regulation, it cost a LOT more to fly (prior to about 1980).

NutmegCT
05-17-2016, 06:33 AM
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'Course, we have to remember that prior to de-regulation, it cost a LOT more to fly (prior to about 1980).

That's for sure. But maybe it was worth it.

Boink
05-17-2016, 11:53 AM
That's for sure. But maybe it was worth it.

Not sure. I don't mind the pay-as-you-go (for everything) so-long as we remember that. Frankly, what amazes me is the behavior of people (slobs and all). Remember that recent cat-fight on Spirit Air with someone loudly playing a boom-box?! Who brings a boom-box in a plane? People nowadays.
Gads.

NutmegCT
05-17-2016, 02:35 PM
Not sure. I don't mind the pay-as-you-go (for everything) so-long as we remember that. Frankly, what amazes me is the behavior of people (slobs and all). Remember that recent cat-fight on Spirit Air with someone loudly playing a boom-box?! Who brings a boom-box in a plane? People nowadays.
Gads.

In a way, that was my point. When things get cheaper, we tend to think less of them. It becomes a commodity - not something to value. People dressed up for flying once; now they dress "down".

Even if they existed back in the 1950s and 60s, I can't imagine anyone even *thinking* of carrying a boom box aboard a passenger plane back then. Or nachos, or massive carry ons, etc.

Brooklands
05-18-2016, 06:24 AM
I fly when necessary, but not as much as in the past due to the inconvenience of extra fees, poor food, poor service, and long lines. The airlines might complain about security being slow, but check in while away from home can be slow and tedious too. I used to enjoy flying, but now I only do it when needed.

Boink
05-18-2016, 05:29 PM
I get REALLY tired of massive carry-on's. I get it (particularly with young people), but it becomes a real problem. Therefore, I've found it of value to board earlier than the bin-grabbers.
Wish I could avoid it all... but pretty tough. We have friends coming to visit from the UK and they're taking the QE2 to New York (then flying).

NutmegCT
05-19-2016, 06:46 AM
I get REALLY tired of massive carry-on's. I get it (particularly with young people), but it becomes a real problem. Therefore, I've found it of value to board earlier than the bin-grabbers.
Wish I could avoid it all... but pretty tough. We have friends coming to visit from the UK and they're taking the QE2 to New York (then flying).

I hear you on the carry ons. Good grief - just to save $25 for checking a bag, and/or avoiding the baggage carousel?

Say, your friends are taking the QE2 to New York? I could have sworn that as of 2008, the QE2 is no longer in service, and more or less permanently tied up in Dubai.

PAUL161
05-19-2016, 08:32 AM
QE2? Last time I looked, it certainly was not sea worthy. https://i816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/PJ161/Icons/thconfused0031_zps96ac0b1c.gif (https://s816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/PJ161/Icons/?action=view&current=thconfused0031_zps96ac0b1c.gif) Are we speaking of another ship? PJ

JPSmit
05-19-2016, 08:58 AM
QE2? Last time I looked, it certainly was not sea worthy. https://i816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/PJ161/Icons/thconfused0031_zps96ac0b1c.gif (https://s816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/PJ161/Icons/?action=view&current=thconfused0031_zps96ac0b1c.gif) Are we speaking of another ship? PJ

I suspect the Queen Mary 2.

Boink
05-19-2016, 11:49 AM
Duh... yes, Queen Mary 2. Thanks.