Honestly, I’m not ashamed of my cheapness. Traveling on a shoestring is not only the way I prefer to travel but it also what allows my family of four to go father and stay longer. Certain credit cards such as the Ritz Carlton Chase have afforded us the option of upgrading our seats due to the $300 credit on travel expenses such as upgrades but, obviously, never enough for Business or First Class but at least a few extra inches and a little more attention maybe. That could just be our good looks though (at least the girls), who knows. So the leak today of a brand new design for airplane seats hit with a ferocious thud. Give yourself a minute to drink it all in because you will need to drink to make it through a travel leg like this. Staring at someone else the entire flight is not something that appeals to me or most travelers. The claim of being able to gain some additional shoulder room falls on deaf ears if you ask me as knocking knees together doesn’t sound any better and could be much worse (eg: that guy who kicks off his shoes).
The travesty in all of this is that the airlines continue to look for ways to make travel the single worst experience of your trip. yeah, I’ve said it before that the trip there is half the fun? I take it back, I take it all back. It’s becoming a nightmare and one that we may not wake up from anytime soon. This isn’t the first rendering or attempt. Not long ago was the design that would reduce the current legroom by inches. An inch or two may not sound like much, but in an airplane, it’s the key difference between showing up in a good mood or literally slinging your crappy peanuts across the aisle in disgust. Some may not remember, but in it’s earlier days, Southwest had seats against the bulkhead that faced backwards. Imagine the pleasure of being that last person in the cattle call. Hello there, I’m going to be staring at you until we land in Seattle. Awkward doesn’t even begin to explain this latest design. What college is churning out these folks that continually ruin the flying experience? Alas, we may never know as that person would certainly be targeted by every budget traveler this side of the equator. So just something to keep in mind each time you complain about any aspect of your flight. Be careful when you ask yourself, “Can it get any worse?” The answer is “Hell yes it can!”