All right, I'm back from my vacation in Chicago (hence, the week-long parade of filler posts). It was a nice trip, but I'm still a little woozy from the time zone travel. It felt like I was going to sleep in one time zone and waking up in another, thereby losing four hours of sleep.
I've never been a fan of travelling by airplanes. In my dream world, airplane travel would be just like train travel. It takes less than five minutes to board a train, trains don't charge extra money for luggage, and I've never heard of trains purposely selling more tickets than there are seats on the train.
They used to give food and drinks out to people during flights. Now they just give drinks, with food available if you want to pay extra. That's kind of a rip-off move, but the joke's on them: normally, people pay money to not eat airline food. Seriously, it's like a TV dinner without the TV or the dinner. Either that, or you get a pack of crackers.
Well, the latest rip-off move I encountered is the fact that they no longer show free movies during long flights. Instead, you have to pay eight bucks to watch a movie on the seats with built-in flatscreen TVs. They claimed to have a large variety of movies and TV shows, but the "free preview" consisted of a fifteen-minute loop of the Yogi Bear trailer.
I'm not sure if it was on purpose or not, but the plane didn't leave the airport until the free preview was over. Everyone had to sit in their seats and wait until the fifteen minute preview was over, and then the plane left for takeoff. Maybe there was a delay and it was just a coincidence, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, I was prepared for the airplane showing movies I don't like, so I brought my iPad and just watched TV on that for a few hours, in between reading books.