Whoever thought that free peanuts would be considered a luxury? It’s hard to believe, but I heard a rumor that there used to be a time when flying was glamorous.
My earliest memories of air travel are $50 fares from Boston to Newark on People’s Express where — if I remember correctly — you actually paid ON the plane.
How far have we come, really? Most people book their flights online without any human interaction. When you arrive at the terminal there’s no smiling agent wearing a snazzy scarf – instead there’s a self serve kiosk. Sky caps charge you $2 a bag and STILL expect a tip! A few airlines have even started charging as much as $25 for the first checked bag, and I’ve heard rumblings about the possibility of WEIGHING passengers. I’m not kidding! How glamorous is that?!
Despite the rising cost of air travel, a recent flight from Boston to Minneapolis was packed full. I was in the second to last row. There was a family with FIVE boys all under the age of 10 behind me. None of them were well behaved – especially not the one who screamed the entire three hours like there was an axe in his head.
Even the mom next to me with just TWO kids couldn’t take it. She was downing vodka tonics like there was no tomorrow!
Of course the drink cart comes to the back of the plane much quicker these days now that the flight attendants just toss you a warm can of soda.
And you can forget the peanuts and pretzels! Today if you want any kind of snack you need to pony up – M&M’s, Twizzlers, and Pringles are $3 each, and snack boxes are $5. I never thought I’d yearn for the days of free peanuts!