Tuesday, July 09, 2002

I'm really surprised by this whole people-who-can't-fit-in-one-seat-must-pay-for-two thing. I know that I'm technically underweight for my height, but my flight on USAir wasn't bad at all. The seats, while not couches, were easily big enough (far bigger than the seats on charter buses, which I've endured for twenty-hour stints from Jacksonville to Alexandria in the snow). I could see though that some people just aren't going to be able to fit. This would've been a fairly serious problem on my flight, since the armrests were fixed in place (they also had things like buttons for the light and to call the stewardess, and a remote control for the console that showed movies, TV shows, and played music free-of-charge for the entire flight). While I'm on this subject, I'd like to point out that the food was pretty decent (better than TV dinners, though perhaps not restaurant-quality), the drinks (soft and hard) were free, and that every seat had its own blanket, pillow, and headphones. My only complaint was that one of the (many) toilets was stopped up, but that was due to circumstances, um, beyond USAir's control. I'm told that USAir is one of the bottom-quality carriers, and that services like Southwest and Virgin have got them completely beat. I flew coach, so don't think I was pampered while the tired, huddled masses yearned to breathe free in the back of the plane with the livestock and cargo. If my flight was in any way normal, then I think it's time people shut their pieholes about flying, suck it up, and enjoy the movie.

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