Airport Blogging

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Flight to Chicago is delayed for an hour due to weather. But so far, so good. No problems with security, no line, no waits. I even had time for dinner in the restaurant.

This trip will be perhaps the first of four; other destinations are likely to include Baltimore, and perhaps the West Coast. Flying right after this last week’s seven security incidents and today’s tragic crash in Kentucky (Delta Connection 5191) is a bit spooky, but hey, life goes on.

For someone who travels a lot (I’m logging well over 3 million miles with my favorite airline transport provider now, plus maybe a million more on other carriers combined), the changes to airport security procedures and protocols take about 10 seconds to adjust to. Learn the rules & get on with it.

With the added time required at check-in, I’m finding the fly / drive trade-off perimeter is now something like 400 miles. It used to be that I could take a 200 mile trip via car and arrive at my destination in the same time it took someone to fly at the same time.

Now, with the added time requirements (airport travel, screening, check-in, typical delays,etc.) it adds another hour and a half (100 miles to the equation). Adding the additional cost of airfare (and renting a car) over driving pushes the hassle + economics equation to about 400 miles.

I recall Bill Quick from Daily Pundit reaching a similar conclusion a week or two ago in one of his posts.

Well, me too, then.

Time to board. Travel safe.

Update:

Arrived!

Programmed the NeverLost in the rental car, zipped to the hotel. Checked in, unpacked and done!

God, I hate Chicago.

See Kim du Toit‘s (link found) pages for a key reason why.




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