The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 November 2004

I won't fly, don't ask me

It's not that I'm suffering from Fear of Flying, which is more precisely described as Fear of Crashing; I've logged tens of thousands of miles over the years. (There was a brief period in my early twenties when I'd flown more miles than I had driven.) But I seldom bother these days. One reason is simple efficiency: except for the World Tours in the summertime, most of my destinations are fairly close by, and while flying is quicker, there's still the annoyance of lining up ground transportation at the destination point. Unless the fare is incredibly cheap — there once was a time when Southwest offered an occasional OKC-MCI (Kansas City) one-way fare for $19 plus tax — it's less of a hassle to drive.

Nowadays, thanks to what passes for increased airport security, flying isn't even that much quicker anymore, at least in the judgment of James Joyner:

The current [security] measures are not only clearly unconstitutional — government agents performing searches without probable cause or warrants — but expensive, intrusive, and aggravating. Further, they take away much of the benefit of flying for shorter trips, since one has to allow extra time for all this nonsense. Indeed, I chose to drive eleven hours from Northern Virginia to the folk's place in central Alabama rather than pay $500 to fly partly because the post-Thanksgiving security at Atlanta was so ridiculous the last couple of years as to make the trip barely faster than just driving.

When they're telling you to arrive at the airport two, even two and a half hours early — well, I can be almost halfway to Kansas City in two and a half hours. And as I've noted before, my car has never once lost any of my bags.

Posted at 9:46 AM to Dyssynergy


next time you are going to kc, let me know and we will go too. i want to visit Kate and the sister of my pal who lives there too. because of work, i even have a standing invitation that will pay my fare. keep in touch!

Posted by: rammer at 10:30 PM on 26 November 2004