Flying Can Have Its Indignities, But It's Still Amazing
We've got to hand it to comedian Louis C.K. for perfectly summing up our profound ability to dismiss a century of innovation in air travel as our birthright. In this amusing clip from the Conan O'Brien show, he riffs on the guy who complains when the in-flight internet service goes out, even though he just learned it existed ten seconds earlier, and the inevitable "worst day of my life" stories that people share when they've been on a cross-country flight that was delayed by an hour. He certainly has a point: not long ago people risked life and limb to travel long distances, and now we get steamed because the seat doesn't recline enough and we can't get a pillow. It's funny, but it also ignores the other side of the issue, which is that the airlines are as much a beneficiary of the technological advances as we are, and it's the duty of the consumer to demand that service be held to the highest attainable standard. So maybe it's not so ridiculous to whine about extra fees and declining service. The system relies on both sides pushing as hard as they can. All the same, it still amazes me when I get in an airplane somewhere cold and get out a few hours later where the weather is hot. I can't help it, it's just an amazing thing.
[Video: The Economist]