By: Steve O’Keeffe – http://bit.ly/9VqO56
I’d like to get my
mitts on that bloody Osama bloody Bin bloody Laden. Have you suffered business travel lately? It’s over priced, over sold, and over rated. Anybody remember the good ol’ days – jumbo jets, ambling through airports, the upgrade utopia? Today, it’s sardine seating, bye-bye bags, and connection chaos. And yes, we’re literally shoeless…
A tip for govies – don’t buy changeable tickets. Buy the regular tickets and throw them away if you change your plans. The difference between the changeable and regular roundtrip ticket from D.C. to Ft. Hood Texas is $1,418 vs. $216. Daylight robbery.
Yes, I understand that I don’t have a seat assignment and that’s why I’m getting a center seat, again – but how did everybody else on the flight get a seat assignment? If you sent my bag to Killeen, Texas from Dulles, how is it that I don’t have a confirmed seat on the flight from Dallas to Killeen? How ever did you manage to lose my bag when I had to check it at the gate? I heard that John Foster Dulles’ family is actively petitioning Congress to have its family name chemically removed from the airport. I beg your pardon? No please, please don’t threaten to route me through O’Hare – I’ll work on my attitude.
And, it’s not just the airlines. No I don’t want a car that I have to pedal. Hertz, how do you justify charging $8.95 per gallon if I don’t have time to fill up the car? That’s extortion. I’ve half a mind to take the full insurance and crash the thing into a wall to get my money’s worth.
What’s this got to do with IT you ask? You takin’ up travel writing? This cup’s an open plea to the videoconferencing guys – Cisco, Polycom, HP, Apple, not to mention the telcos. Make it work, make it easy, and make it cheap. Get us off the road. This flight is long overdue.
Oh, and when we catch Mr. Bin Laden, might I suggest a flying fatwa – a life sentence served in center seats.