Beyond the dreams of eagles

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I'm about to head to Poland for Speech Prosody 2018, and then to Helsinki for a CHIST-ERA committee meeting, so today's SMBC is especially meaningful to me:


  1. Philip Taylor said,

    June 10, 2018 @ 8:23 am

    Unless, of course, you have the remarkable good fortune to be able to travel in Et1h@d business class (or better), in which case the experience will in all probability exceed your wildest dreams …

    Statutory disclaimer Other airlines offer analogous travel options.

  2. aniekan said,

    June 10, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    Wish you the best. You should learn their languages as well

  3. Breffni said,

    June 10, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

    I still love air travel almost as much as I did when I was a kid. Today I got up at four in the morning, got coffee spilled on me during the first flight, and had to sprint about a kilometer to make my connecting flight, only to discover it was delayed by nearly an hour. None of it seriously perturbed me. I got on a plane, watched rivers and cities and clouds below me, and after a matter of hours I'm in the south of France. It's a miracle. I can live with the tiny trays and less-than-gourmet dining experience. (Admittedly, I might be less enamoured with it if I took more long-haul trips than I do. I'd look forward to a Dublin-Poland-Helsinki-Dublin trip; maybe less so a Philadelphia-Poland-etc trip.)

    To anyone who needs a fresh perspective on commercial air travel – a whole collection of perspectives, really – I recommend Mark Vanhoenacker's Skyfaring.

  4. KeithB said,

    June 11, 2018 @ 8:23 am

    Much of it in the US is because of security theater due to the TSA. My carryon was searched because there was a "large organic mass" that the XRay could not see through.

    Turned out to be my 600 page "Storms Brewed in Other Men's Worlds"*. When I asked why a book would cause an issue I was told "We don't see many of these any more, most folks use their phones or Kindles". Sigh.

    *An account of the early encounters of the Spanish, French and First Nations in the Southwest.

  5. mg said,

    June 12, 2018 @ 1:26 pm

    I can live with the security theater – it's the lack of legroom and lack of caring about customers that get to me. I'm only 5'5" yet I could not sit for 5 hours in economy class without paying $45 for extra leg room (meaning the amount that used to be standard).

  6. Anand Prakash said,

    June 12, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

    Agree with Philip Taylor

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