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Things I Don’t Like, Revisited: Air Travel

June 17th, 2008 Posted in sermons

In the past, I have blogged about things that bug me, including cell phone users, etc. Now for some more!

Allow me to vent a bit about air travel. It is such a hassle.

Here are some questions:

Why is the term “airline food” an oxymoron? And for that matter, “airport food?” It just seems like the food in airports and and planes is always bad! Can’t they put an In ‘N Out Burger or a Chipotle (killer Mexican take-out burritos) in one of these terminals?

And speaking of terminals, is that really the place you want to arrive in if you have a fear of flying?

Don’t even get me started on going through security.

“Please take your seat”

Now, when boarding the plane, why is it that I aways get seated behind that guy in coach class who feels he needs to recline for the entire flight? These seats are just way too close to fully recline in! I usually go just one little click back in my seat.

And speaking of seats, is it any comfort that my seat will be my “flotation device” in the “unlikely case of a water landing”? Now that makes me feel much better. If that’s not enough, check out the cool little whistle attached to the life vest! That ought to get help extra fast, eh?

Here’s another question:
They bleed us dry for these overpriced plane tickets, so why do they give out those little bags of peanuts like they were pure gold! C’mon, share the love, flight attendants! (P.S. Are there any flight attendants reading this? If so, I would love to hear from you)!

Then there is the wait for luggage. Have you ever lost a piece? As they say in NYC, “forgetaboutit!” Have fun trying to get it back again.

Well, let me close with a positive thought about flying. It’s gets you there a whole lot faster than driving and, statistically, it’s still safer.

But still, how ’bout some decent food and an extra bag of peanuts every now and then?

Thanks for letting me vent.
Greg

16 Responses to “Things I Don’t Like, Revisited: Air Travel”

  1. Caren says:

    Hey, you guys gotta go Jet Blue, Xtra leg room, wider seats, as many peanuts prettzels and cookies as you want, free sodas, and a private tv screen in front of you with your own remote. Friendly stewardess that offer blankets and pillows and a smooth ride. When they lost my luggage last April in NY they showed up three hours later at my hotel with it in tow and a credit certificate for my next flight. Now… the greatest part, they are mostly cheaper than all of the other airlines. God Bless them.

  2. Anne says:

    I really need to start checking the blogs early to answer some of these questions… =\

  3. Andrea says:

    I don’t like algebra… it’s hard. I have only been on an airplane once. to fly to mexico. i slept most of the time

  4. paul says:

    I’m sitting in the Frankfort airport as I read… Too funny, I’m living it on my way home from Africa.
    The good news, I made it to the top of Kilimanjaro.
    Paul

  5. Eddie says:

    Pastor Greg,
    The answer to your question is, “Harvest Celebration.”

    Not that you would need to know where I found it, since it’s your book, but for those who want to look for it, it’s in Ch 24, top of page 135.

  6. Karen says:

    Your cartoon is sweet! So this is how Dennis treats you when you travel together? LOL
    I think we should have some of your artwork such as this up on the walls of our new Children’s Ministry building.

  7. Greg says:

    Anne-
    You wrote “Loved the cartoon you drew! LOL! Are you taking bids on it?”

    Yes, for the first person who can answer this question, the original cartoon is theirs to keep.

    What was the original name of our radio program, before it became “A New Beginning?”

    (Hint- the answer is in the Lost Boy book)

  8. Anne says:

    You know, the seatbelts on most planes I’ve been in are funny the way they work. My aunt told me the first time she flew, she didn’t know how to get out of them. She literally squeezed herself out because she didn’t know about pulling the latch up on the buckle.

    Loved the cartoon you drew! LOL! Are you taking bids on it?

  9. Mark says:

    Alaska Airlines is great if they don’t run out of burgers the row in from of you, after you have been flying for 5 hrs w/ nothing to eat and you have another hour before landing at Zijuatenejo. Also picture getting you luggage lost at LAX returning home in FEB when home is Juneau Alaska. It was a real hoot getting off in the same clothes I left tropical Mexico in when it is about 7 degrees. Everyone thought I had a great tan if they could see it under the ice forming on me.

    Mark from Alaska

  10. Sarah says:

    Straight off of a major airline’s website, “Go The Extra Mile and earn 50% bonus miles”

    I personally think they can keep their bonus miles and land us safely on the runway. Is it really worth earning the extra bonus miles if it means landing in a field?

  11. Eddie says:

    Speaking of airlines charging us for random stuff…does that mean we will have to pay them if they lose our luggage??

    I heard a late-night joke saying that you are going to have to swipe your credit card first if you want your oxygen mask to drop down in case of an emergency…sad to say, it’s probably going to be true!!!

    :-(

  12. Greg says:

    Hey Loree-
    Yes,I have flown Alaska Airlines.
    I like them, especially the Old Testament scriptures on cards with meals. (Do they still do that?)
    I will check out those chipotle peanuts next time.
    :)

  13. Loree says:

    Have you ever flown Alaska Airlines, I have not tried our burgers but I hear they are most excellant. Our little bags of “peanuts” one of them has chipolte as flavoring :) and if the customer asks I will give them as many as they want. I hope someday you are on one of my flights.

  14. Levi says:

    Very Funny! My favorite is that they are still explaining how the seatbelt works on each and every flight–this is in case someone is flying who hasn’t been in a car since 1965…

  15. Eddie says:

    Oh…I laugh every time I fly when I look at the safety pamphlet. Also when the Flight Attendants go through their “robotic” motions of explaining the safety guidelines during pre-boarding.

  16. jeff says:

    hate to be the bearer of bad news but from what I hear the snacks may be going away and on some airlines you have to pay for your free soda. FYI I notice you drew a big guy reclining uh when I fly it always seems Thetis skinnist wafer thin people who want to put there feet on the seat or knees on the seat in front of them that lean all the way back(or maybe I am just upset cuz I may be a little bit of a big guy! Hey and no comments about being in the seat next to me it just male bonding time hahaa. My pet peeve is the young kids going insane and parents one who is completly detached ignoring it and the other in a somewhat drifty tone saying oh now calm down or I will start counting. Don’t make me count now

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