Parker County Today May 2017 - Page 114

our opinions: CURMUDGEON MUSINGS The Last Word BY MARK BROWN Just Plane Annoying S o on the topic of flying, and its many challenges. I predict that you’ll hear this story someday soon on the news, but, I’ll get back to that later.  First, here’s the state of the airlines industry through the eyes of a frequent business flyer — me.  In the airlines’ valiant efforts to become more profitable, they have made flying miser- able. Overbooked flights, much less room in any of the coach classes, totally full flights, hardly any space for carry- on luggage. First of all, if you check luggage, you know there’s a good chance that you’ll never see it again because more and more baggage doesn’t make it to its planned destination. Secondly, it takes a very long time for airlines to get your bags to the baggage claim area. Flights are exceedingly more expensive, airports much more crowded, security lines are unmanageable, TSA person- 112 nel in most cities are inept, although a few airports seem to have better, more competent TSA people. Can’t figure that one out. To use a line from “Men in Black,” “That’s what we have come to expect from years of government training.” So my point is, in looking back over the last 20-something years of flying for my work, the stress level on flights is getting more and more tense. I write this little fictional story based on a recent flight I was on. Again, someday you will hear this