Sunday reading

Only more bad news so far in the world of travel.

Now it appears that us soft targets are increasingly on the cross hairs of this tiny minority of militant/extremist. Attacks on airports, subway transportation systems are a real threat to tourism as folks shy away from apparently impacted places. Here in Singapore there has been calls for more surveillance and checks at major transport hubs such as the train stations. Can you imagine how this will impact travel?

We already spend an inordinate amount of time being screened at the airport to fly. It was often touted that faster land travel via high speed rail would be a sort of panacea for folks who wish to avoid all that security checks. When we were living in Europe, driving or taking the train were preferred over flying if you were within 500km from your destination. That’s how we clocked more than 50,000km of driving our trusty Opel Zafira (“Silver” as we called her) over a period of two years. And this was not because I had a long commute to work…(Diemen is ~15km from where we lived in the Oude Zuid of Amsterdam).

Time spent waiting in line is time lost from savouring yet another moment of memory from your journey (tsk tsk). I guess in the world we now live in, it is to be accepted. Your life or your freedom?

Now on the subject of time and all that waiting to travel, boarding the plane can be a science. Have you ever wondered why the airlines call for passengers seated at the backend of the plane to be boarded first?

Sounds logical at first glance, but for those folks who have to wait it can be an annoyance. So if there was a better way to get everyone to board quickly, would you be game?

In this article, the discussion focused on how to get the passengers to board in the shortest time possible. This reminds me of the sorting methods used in software design to perform searches.

Obviously free seating would probably be the fastest as a winner grabs all attitude permeate the passengers in what could possible amount to a mad rush. Perhaps on budget flights. But on full service airlines there are the “priority” passengers (ahem) who gets to board first and ‘at their leisure’. So how? I guess it could be the future where we can obtain “fast pass” to board on priority…for a fee?

Eventually, we will come back to square one. When most passengers are also priority (such as those with small children, incapacitated etc etc), then nobody is really priority. We won’t have a situation where everyone wins – cause then nobody really does. I guess we will have to live with such inequalities. It’s just that while waiting, spend it wisely – perhaps do some speed reading.

Keep Calm (Nederlands)
Dutch for Keep calm and carry on

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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