Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Holiday Travel Can Make You Want To Jump

We are staying home this Thanksgiving and having a quite family holiday, but for those of you traveling you have my sympathies. Thanksgiving is the biggest travel date on the calendar and this year it is forecasted to be a record breaking pilgrimage per Fox:


An estimated 21.7 million Americans will take to the sky between November 19th and November 29th. Today there will be about 55,000 commercial flights in the US which will put 5,000 to 6,000 planes in the air at the same time.

Air travel has gotten bad no doubt and travel periods like Thanksgiving magnify the sometimes horrific event that has become air travel. That said this story seems like an extreme reaction even with the state of air travel today:


Per the BBC a drunk and sleeping pill impaired tourist tried to slip out the door of a plane while in flight at 20,000 feet and have a smoke:

Sandrine Helene Sellies, 34, who has a fear of flying, had drunk alcohol and taken sleeping tablets ahead of the flight from Hong Kong to Brisbane.

She was seen on the Cathay Pacific plane walking towards a door with an unlit cigarette and a lighter. She then began tampering with the emergency exit until she was stopped by a flight attendant.

Things have gotten bad on commercial flights but I don’t think they have gotten that bad. Ms. Sellies gives new meaning to the saying: “I’m going to slip out for a quick smoke”…………………….