Airlines as Public Transportation

I just read a really interesting article titled “The Charmless Airport”

It was like an epiphany for me. The ‘jist’ of the article is that air travel is widely accessible to the masses (prices haven’t really increased dramatically), therefore it is a very public mode of transportation…similar to your city bus.


If it has been a while since you rode your local public bus, remember back to those incidents that include body odour, a lack of personal space and some riders who use the ride to share their philosophy on things like city garbage collection or taxes.

I’ve been finding it difficult to enjoy the flights we have been on lately. I’m fidgety, there aren’t any cookies and my seat mates don’t seem to know how to ‘share’ an armrest.

I loved this article because it really called it like it is. Commercial air travel is not a luxury, it is a public mode of transportation which includes all of the unpleasantness that comes along with that.

So, the moral of the story for me is to lower my expectations and save up for the that trip to Maui on a Private Plane.