Destroying the airlines in order to save them
My friend Dave writes about trains vs. planes:
On that topic, it’s not hard to make a point that train travel is really not far behind airline travel. For me, it was 45 minutes to the station, only 10 minutes to checkin and board, 7.5 hours to DC in a comfy seat (with 120v power for the laptop!), then 1/2 hour through Union Station + the Metro to the hotel.
If I were to take a plane, it would be an hour to the airport, an hour checkin / security, 2 hours to DC, 1/2 hour out of the airport, 1.5 hours various trains to the hotel.
9 hours in comfort for the train vs 6 hours running and sitting in painful seating. On the train, it’s basically a work day, just in a different location.
(I usually give myself extra time flying to DC because of the extra love and attention they give everyone. And I haven’t flown Independence because I don’t want the hassle. Who decided to hub in DC? Must be really cheap these days.)
My main point, however, is that the ease and convenience of air travel is suffering under a mighty burden that TSA imposes, but do not themselves bear. More and more people are choosing not to fly. (See my archives for some of the horror stories.) TSA is probably fine with that, it makes their job easier. I’m not I can’t see how destroying fast, cheap, easy travel can be distinguished from the terrorists winning.