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May 30, 2008

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Mary Schmidt

Good point re trains. One thing I miss about living on the east coast was the easy access to trains for travel all up and down the eastern seaboard. I could hop on in Philly and get off in NYC, ready to work or play. No muss. No fuss. No Manhattan parking! (Note: It also took less time than taking a shuttle from the Philly airport to JFK, even before 9/11.)

Hey, maybe the holodeck technology will happen sooner rather than later! ;-)

Ardith Lowell

Hurrah, hurrah for Mary! Thank you for your entry. To quote that famous line from the movie Network, and as an alert to airlines and other so-called service companies, "we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it any more" (at least I hope I quoted it correctly).

You’d think the huge increase in train travel would send a message to the airlines. And that’s just one example of the fact that no right-minded consumer will pay for flat-out abuse by such service companies. We’ll all look for alternatives when backed into a corner.

I’ve been a huge advocate of webcasts, webinars, and the like for some time. They are convenient, interactive, highly economical, and if you miss the original broadcast you can review it after the fact. What a concept!

As for personal travel, who knows, airline stupidity may just inspire programmers to develop the next generation of virtual reality and make it simple for vacationers to get away from it all without using those sardine planes.

Karin Choi

Since we are talking about Choices I had to chime in. Don't forget some trips could well be served by taking the train. It is fun more relaxing, you can move around, enjoy some sights, even have a sit down dinner in a booth. Some of the hassles of air travel like parking and renting a vehicle at the other end but you wont have that transfixed-been-staring-at-the road-too-long feeling when you arrive. It is a greener option, and well, yet another option for travel needs.

Yvonne DiVita

I am so with you, Mary. The airlines need a big shake up from their customers. I am traveling to visit my granddaughter...via air, but...in future, I may schedule my trip with the extra time to drive, even with the high gas prices.

I'd rather pay for gas than deal with cranky airline personnel, poor seating, no service, and that long, long wait at the airport...hoping your flight won't be cancelled.

And, I don't think I'm alone. So, airlines... listen up - we're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it any longer.

Thanks for bringing this up so I could rant.

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