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21. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

Congratulations to Utrecht on your 3000th post in this thread! :)

LOL, yeah thanks. Was it actually in this thread?

22. Posted by magnusiax (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Im afraid of flying but i love to try it...

23. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I LOVE flying. Just love it. I get a little restless when the flights are over 6 or 7 hours long, but I must admit being in a plane is a great feeling. I even told a friend of mine this weekend (who hates flying--hates it) that I like a little turbulance, too, to shake things up a bit when you start to get bored. The only things I don't like are not enough legroom, bad meals (US Airways makes the unhealthiest, saltiest, most disgusting airline meals I've ever had), and--and this happens A LOT--having some stupid kid kick my chair / whine / cry / back talk their parents for 5 hours / stare over the seat / open and close the blinds the whole flight.

24. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Im with Tina - love flying, love airports - yet l hate heights!! Im a strange one but instead of watching movies l prefer to keep the in flight tv thingy on the screen showing the progress of the flight - then l know where lm flying over and l can look out if its day light hours and see whats below me! Yet when lm on something high l go nowhere near the edge and cant even abide seeing others do it as l get nervous for them too!!

I prefer longer flights too(although the flight to/from UK to Australia & New Zealand did get tedious!!) - the short hop 1 hour or so flights are in smaller craft and when you are flying into Heathrow and have to circle before landing that does kinda get to me! But thats cos lm so impatient more than anything else!!

25. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

Quoting Kiowa

And whenever you have the chance - take helicopter flights ! ;)

Speaking of which, anyone opposed to taking propeller planes? Are they exceptionally risky and particularly vulnerable to strong wind conditions?

I used to work with aircraft in the US Navy on an aircraft carrier, and can tell you that helicopters are far more complex than fixed wing aircraft, and therefore more prone to mechanical failure. Modern turboprop aircraft are exceptionally safe aircraft, but then again it all comes down to who does the maintenance and how often.

Personally, I avoid airlines in major financial difficulty because they do cut corners. I am especially concerned when I hear that the second largest carrier in the USA now outsources 100% of it's maintenance to a developing country.

26. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

I love flying and airports too, there's this thrill about being on a plane that's about to take you to a new destination. I used to have earache when I was little, but thankfully that went away and now taking off and landing aren't an issue to me. I'm probably one of the rare ones, but I do like most airline food - the one on Gulf Air was an exception cuz the fish was really dry and hard - and so long as there aren't any screaming kids and I get enough legroom (and sleep space!), then I'm happy to be flying.

It'd be much better if they allow pets in cabin!

27. Posted by Cynthie (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Oh, I LOVE flying! Like others said, it means I'm going somewhere new and exciting (well, not always)! I love airports too and I even get excited when I am just driving by an airport seeing the planes land and take off thinking to myself: "ooh, I wonder where they're going to/coming from?". So far, the only flights I don't like are the ones bringing me back home! :)

28. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

I have a bad case of being an adrenaline junky so the whole flying thing doesn't bother me. There is more chance of my rope snapping while rock climbing or me falling offf my bike and breaking my neck. Lets hope i am not on one of those flights that does crash. If so i have had a full and exciting life of 20 years

29. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting Cynthie

So far, the only flights I don't like are the ones bringing me back home! :)

I second you on that. ;)

30. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting summer910

It'd be much better if they allow pets in cabin!

Just reading that has made me sneeze! ;)

Someone told me that certain airlines allow cats in the cabin, and ever since I've been ready to put up a fight should anyone remotely near me have one of those onboard. We went to someone's house yesterday for an hour and they had a beautiful, well-kept, hypo-allergenic Portuguese water dog--and within 5 minutes I was wheezing. So an animal in a cabin would mean the passengers around me would have to put up with my coughing, sneezing, nose blowing, wheezing, etc. etc. And I honestly don't know if my lungs would make it for 8+ hours. Plus I'd feel like I'm getting over the flu for the rest of my trip.

So please, please--keep your pets below deck! And your kids too if they like chair kicking.