I didn’t upgrade to first class. Not even business. Nope. I’m still in coach, with one skinny blanket, a kid in front of me discovering the reclining seat for the first time, all the time. It’s a 9.10 hour flight to Atlanta and yet… travelling just got really comfortable.
Most airlines cut back, adding costs for passengers or simply retracting service. They will not be named here, but on this flight I choose, for convenience reasons, a different carrier than the one who add miles to my mileage account. However it was a good choice. The carrier, KLM, is having me and the other 234 passengers flewn in a quite comfy Airbus from 2005. Now, any flight nerd, like yours truly, would know that that’s pretty new aviationwise (I know I know, it’s not the A380, but still). Any flight nerd of course would also have carefully selected a seat after consulting seatguru.com, as yours truly.
So. I’m in my favourite seat, no box under feet, close but not too close to the washrooms, and as front as possible in the cabin. And the personal entertainment system is finally starting to get somewhere. I mean, I will never pay 2,50 USD to send a text from 30,000 ft, but I will do this:
- Create a playlist (re-living memories of Superstring, No Regular and Greece 2000 while writing these lines, only on a Dutch airline!)
- Play on demand – never re-see the same movie throughout the flight again
- Ponder over why any company making lavatory doors for airplanes in the 21st century will still feel that an ashtray is an appropriate decoration for a new plane. Nostalgia? Poor internal communication?
- Be glad I always end up having nice neighbours – they either sleep through the entire flight or I’ll make a new friend.
- Watch some episodes of Dexter…or Heroes..or Frasier..or Back to you.
- Listen with my own headphones, manufacturers of Airbuses finally got the in- and outputs right but they forgot…
The powerplug for ..my laptop. Ugh! You just can’t have it all in coach can you?