Logan, our son, turns one next month. I wonder if he will enjoy flying as much as I did when I was a child. I am guessing that the days of having a enjoyable flight experience are over. The days when a child gets to meet the pilot, slap on some cool wings and get some real friendly service are slowly dwindling away. This isn’t directed at all airlines (but most) but I used to love flying and now I absolutely dread it. The small seats, the thought of leaving the ground or the large guy next to me on this flight to NYC aren’t the reason that I have lost that “flying” feeling.
Do we really need a safety briefing on ever flight? Is anyone alive anymore that hasn’t used a safety belt? If so, perhaps you can share with them and only them how to use it?
Do we really need to hear from the pilot? Does that re-assure anyone anymore? Who cares what altitude we are at?
Did you really need to wake me again to pitch me for 12 minutes on a miles card?!
It boils down to this. Model the commercial experience after the experience of flying private and your customers will pay more. Airlines, your customers shouldn’t have to buy $100 noise canceling headphones to escape this barrage of sounds and requests. Come up with some creative alternatives so that we don’t have to face that god forsaken circus every flight. Target the outliers not the masses with your over-bearing noise.