I have wondered lately whether a weekend in Guantanamo Bay would be all that much worse than flying in the United States. Imagine that we treat Khalid Sheik Mohammed in the manner we accord everyday passengers: put him in a tiny chair, with arms crammed together and tucked between the rests — with another inmate on each side. And then we bolt him down there for eight hours. He has to share his toilet with 100 others. The ceiling is about 5 feet high, the seat continually moving while he urinates. We feed him airline food, make him watch airline shorts on the video, and have him go through a TSA security routine twice a day, all the while telling him that he is scheduled to walk down the hall for his exercise at noon, while we cancel, delay, and reschedule his long anticipated walk.
Dr. Hansen goes on the describe his recent flight:
The first trip from California to Wisconsin took 18 hours and five cancelled flights.
You can read the entire saga here. By the way, I have dealt with the same United Airlines' policy of paying for Economy Plus only to find a United employee in my seat -- with no refund.
On four occasions since the last week of January, I have had to spend an extra, unexpected night on the road (one in Pittsburgh, two in Chicago, one in Nashville) all courtesy of United Airlines.
Flying these days, no matter what you do, is just a horrible experience.
In March, 2010, I ran a seven part series explaining why the airlines should be re-regulated. The conclusion is here. This Reagan Conservative is highly reluctant to advocate the government grow in any way, but it is past time to fix this mess.
Note: Before commenting about re-regulation, please read the entire series.
And, if you have a flight planned, check out our Airline Crisis Survival Guide, the #3 most popular item in the history of this blog.