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Monday, May 27, 2024

Memorial Day weekend, the traditional launching pad of the summer travel season, is shaping up to set a scorching pace. The Federal Aviation Administration has forecast the holiday to be its busiest in 14 years.



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Wow, the economy really sucks, huh MAGATs?

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-27 02:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

MAGAt's: The economy sucks!

Also MAGAt's: Let's drown ourselves in debt!

It's really no different than how Republicans run government.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2024-05-27 05:52 PM | Reply

Don't fly on holidays, problem solved.

#3 | Posted by a_monson at 2024-05-27 08:18 PM | Reply

@#3 ... Don't fly on holidays, problem solved. ...

I am not convinced the solution is that easy.

Even before the current downturn of how airlines treat their customers, way back around 2005 or so, I started noticing that the airlines were becoming what I called at the time, "customer-antagonistic."

Airlines used to try to make your flight enjoyable. Then they just seemed to have started on the cattle-movement philosophy.

Airlines that had had great service in the 1980's seemed to be going bad. (Delta, are you still there?)

Nowadays, there Is No Way you will get me into an airport to use these businesses who seem to have such antagonism against their customers.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-27 08:32 PM | Reply

All these unemployed people just flying around the country. Sleepy Joe Biden is giving out plane tickets to businesspeople, families, old ladies, vacationers and others just to get them off the unemployment lines. I would join the local protest about this, but have to go to work. They just gave me a raise...
--Red Hat morons

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2024-05-28 09:28 AM | Reply

Air travels booms!

The words "Air travel" and "booms" do not go well together.

Especially on Boeing jets.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-05-28 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#4 It's a shift in the markets.

Between 1990 and 2018, base fares declined by 40%, despite increases in both fuel costs and taxes.

For those who are willing to trade money for a better flight experience, most airlines offer different classes of service. I'm flying from FRA-->LAS on Sunday, and 40% of the cabin space is premium cabin-with a total of 57 seats. The remaining 167 seats take up the rest of the cabin. And that's on a Delta jet. In my experience, you always get at least a little more legroom on Delta than you do on any of the others.

I'm Diamond with Delta, booked in Premium select. I'd be surprised if I didn't upgrade to Delta One. But I started flying Delta because when you fly on the government dime, you're always going to be in the back of the jet. And Delta had the best back-end service.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2024-05-28 01:45 PM | Reply

In the 1900s, especially early and mid, every developed country had to make wide-reaching and long-term plans that would shape the way we do everything. America got a lot of those decisions right. Unfortunately, they got it very wrong when it comes to travel. While other nations were building their rail, America was busy thinking air travel was going to be the most preferred and accessible form of travel. America went all in and ignored rail. Which leads to today where we have three times more than the next country and 10 times more than most everyone else.

With the advancement in rail that many countries are making today, air travel is a terrible decision. It will be for a while. I do think this will change eventually when we have the right technology but for the 50 years in between, we are stuck with crappy planes, crappy interiors, crappy prices, etc.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2024-05-28 02:36 PM | Reply


I disagree. The US is too big. I live in Europe, and rail travel is almost always more inefficient from a time perspective, much of the time from a money perspective as well.

I can get from my house to my hotel in Prague by car in 5.5 hours. It would take me about that, at least, to fly (probably more), and just under 12 hours by train.

It would not make sense from a time perspective to travel from Boston to LA by train under almost any circumstances.

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2024-05-28 03:45 PM | Reply

'How long is the high-speed train from Berlin to Prague?

4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes'

Thanks for playing, madbum.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-28 07:05 PM | Reply

No one flies anymore its too crowded.

#11 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-05-28 07:15 PM | Reply

No one flies anymore its too crowded.

If no one is flying, why is it crowded?

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-05-28 07:20 PM | Reply

" If no one is flying, why is it crowded?"

That's actually a reference to an old Yogi Berra line, about a popular restaurant of the time: Nobody goes there any more; it's too crowded.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2024-05-28 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"How long is the high-speed train from Berlin to Prague? 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes' Thanks for playing, madbum."

There is no high-speed service between Berlin and Prague.

You can drive there faster than you can train there.

#14 | Posted by madbomber at 2024-05-29 01:18 AM | Reply

Unless your notion of "high-speed" is anything faster than a horse and buggy.

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2024-05-29 01:19 AM | Reply

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