Once more, we are witnessing ever increasing juxtapose. In the airline business of course! Time to set aside all these bad press recently and dream a little. Will you pay for the opportunity to fly in what is touted as the world most advanced airline seat? One that makes you feel at home, as if you were lying on your own bed? Assuming you love you own bed in the first place.
Well this article shared how high tech has transformed the way priority passengers will be treated to when they need twenty winks while flying to their destination(s).
You might have read in our past posts (here and here) about futuristic developments when it comes to the flying experience. In those articles we had read, the common thread is appears to suggest how airlines can fete passengers to a new level of comfort. Our view? It is more of an approach to “up trade” the flying experience for the ones with the means to pay. Which means it is not applicable to most of us.
No. This is not a 99% rant. That’s so passe.
Rather this is an examination of the travel equivalent of the ‘misery index’. One where it is postulated that airlines sets the travel conditions to be so onerous that one would simply pay to get out of that situation. Checked bags? Pay. Choose seats? Pay. To which some might throw their hands up; heck with all of this, just buy the full fare ticket. Or better, since it may be a long flight – perhaps buy that business class seat that turns into a bed?
Will you fall for this ruse? If you had the means, would you pay to sleep on the plane as if it was your bed?
Can you imagine a stick being waved in your face as you walk along? Well, that’s the subject of this ban in Milan some months back. And they are not the only city or attraction to roll out this rule – ie no use of a wefie stick. How risky can it be some may ask?
Well. Did you know that India has been cited to be where the highest incident of fatalites occur from the taking of selfies and wefies? If statistics are reliable (and sure take it with a pinch of salt), it is said that almost half of the fatalities worldwide occurred in India. Most of the occurrences were from falling and drowning. And specifically for India there was mention about railway track deaths too. Even Wiki has an article on this. Wonder if it was because of lack of transparency that we don’t get much of data about fatalities in other countries…
Of course some might be curious as to what numbers are we talking about here. And that’s where we come to a grey area. The Boston Globe suggests 127 fatalities over the last several years (kind vague huh?). Does not sound like a lot? Well every life is precious you know.
We wondered what happened to good ole asking a favour from other folks to take a picture. Because that seems safer and it is pleasant to return the favour too. Unless one is intent on taking risky photos – such as the rooftop ones we cited here. Now that one you’ve signed onto a totally different thing because you know the risk.
Does this convince you to swear off taking selfies or wefies now? Or are you guilty of waving a stick in the air too?
Although our little red dot won’t be the first to receive the new year (the Chatham islands of NZ does), we are nonetheless part of the hemisphere that spins into 2018 first. We use this word because this blog’s all about spinning little yarns for your reading pleasure. This is also the beginning of the third year of our blog. So we wish ourselves happy blogging day too.
And to you we wish you did not have too much of a hangover from last night.
Last year at this time we sent a post out from the Phoenix hotel on the outskirts of Beijing airport. So apt. The phoenix symbolizes a new beginning, rising from ashes and eventual ascendency in the skies. And so we store and put away 2017 to look forward to the new year.
This year, we shall continue with our handprint stories and share with you the journalogs of our journeys. The quarterly newsletter will be in its final year of publish and shall be discontinued, since we’ve observed that there is too much duplication with the blog. We shall also be starting up regular posts on the MRT stations of our little island + especially the environs around them. A sort of local tourism, unfortunately we are not commissioned by anyone to do so… they can pay us though because we don’t mind. Don’t argue with money – that’s our motto. And keep it comin…
Have you made any resolutions to keep for this year? Or do you think resolutions are passé?
Oh wow. Talk about the 3Rs. Shocking were the words used for this story on the web a few months back. Can you imagine drinking a glass of wine poured from this bottle? True. True that there could have been good reasons for doing so. And perhaps readers who know better can comment. But today our focus is on airline waste. So maybe the attendant was not wrong in doing what she apparently did.
You’ve heard about the amount of waste we (ie humans) have generated. There are many a statistic, and one claims that we purchase a million bottles of plastic every minute! Wow. Can you imagine the volume of trash that is building up. This reminds us of the animated feature “Wall-e”. Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth. The story is that by the year 2805 the planet is contaminated with too much waste.
Think we’ll last that long?
There is a guardian article (here) that suggests that 5.2 million tonnes of airline waste is generated every year. And that some airlines are finally attempting to help reduce this load. A wonderful development in our opinion. Here’s a thought. While we do not support budget airlines with no frills at all such as catering, how about making it mandatory for passengers to choose their meals and drinks ahead?
It may sound draconian, but packaged and marketed appropriately (heheh, occupation hazard) this can become a ‘feature’. That way, airlines can work seamlessly with catering companies to prepare the right meals, reducing the “buffer” stock of meals they need to carry with them on the plane. We probably can’t bring back the use of metal utensils on flights anymore (perhaps except in business and first), but perhaps a move towards bio-degradable ones could help?
Wouldn’t you support efforts to reduce waste from your flying?