Maybe I don’t fly enough, I don’t know, but I just came back from a six day trip to Chicago, doing KNSA to KORD and back on United. The flights were quite the eye opener for us.
I had this big rant ready to go here, but I got halfway through it and thought the hell with it. I’ll just say this- normally we try and fly Virgin America and Jet Blue whenever we fly. I guess we’re spoiled now. We tried United out of Santa Ana to avoid all the hassles LAX offers. Until Virgin or Jet Blue adds KSNA, or Jet Blue sees the light and reinstates a Chicago run to Long Beach, we’ll tolerate the hassles and go back to LAX and Virgin to Chicago. If they ever stop flying there we’ll walk it.
United was horrible. Yeah, we got there and back in one piece, even mostly on time, but there’s more to flying than that. The 737s we flew on were old, tired and dirty. To me, they seem like an accident waiting to happen with as much air time as they get. When we got off our plane last night in Santa Ana (#1184) the pilot was already in consultation with a grounds crew guy hurriedly flipping through a manual saying “I had to use the back up twice today”. No idea what he was talking about. All I know is within an hour and a half, that same plane was turned around heading back to Newark. It had come from Newark to Chicago when we got on it and it was one quick turn around time there, too. Less than an hour, maybe even 45 minutes. Fuel and go.
I could go into chapter and verse about having to pay for things that are free on other airlines, but that’s where I got bogged down before. Suffice to say if you want to watch even the Flight Map it costs $7.99 to do that. Yep. If you want to know where you are at any given point it will cost you.
I know I’m way late to this party and this likely is the state of air travel anymore. Doesn’t mean we have to like it.