Flying like taking a bus?

Have you ever been on a flight that seems or is overbooked? What if one were told that the only way to fly was to stand, like in taking a bus? Would you take the flight? If this story is to be believed, there were potentially 7 passengers who stood for 3½hours while they flew to their destination.

Ok ok, today we are not naming or shaming any airline.

The point to get your attention is how we have seemingly made flying a central means of transport when it comes to leisure travel. Statistics are hard to believe on this subject area. They are fraught with assumptions, presumptions and guess work all thrown into a melange. So let’s just use them as a guide and apply some common sense.

If one is to believe this article, half the world flew in 2015.

Actually if you think about it, and the article does point that out – is that you would count more than once if you had a connecting flight. And we’d add that if you are a frequent flyer, you’d add to the ‘number of people who flew’ statistic too. Many times! You might recall that we had written too about the number of people traveling (here and here).

So, a little correction is due. It is NOT the equivalent of the world’s population that will be flying by 2035. Rather, there will be 7 billion flights taken by that time. Just like there are many millions of commuters on trains and buses in a year, it appears flying will indeed become just like taking the bus.

Ok, time to go take the bus flight.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

26 thoughts on “Flying like taking a bus?”

  1. The prices are still a little high for the average person to fly as often as taking a bus, but they are getting more affordable. Commuting to work by flight doesn’t sound like fun to me, but I imagine that it might be preferable for some people- especially since three hour driving commutes to and from work (six hours of commuting a day, yikes!) are not uncommon around where I live.

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  2. I guess this proves that statistics can be bent to prove any argument doesn’t it? Billions of flights is incredible but of course that could be millions of passengers just flying a lot. It is like getting a bus now though especially internal flights.

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    1. Yes indeed. But though it means that potentially less people are flying (though they do it more often), it still means many flights are taken. Just imagine if it becomes truly as “bus” service where even more commute to work!

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