Flew from Saigon to Kuala Lumpur yesterday, transiting in Singapore. The seats were tiny, I barely fit in it. At first I was kind of annoyed at that, and then I realized - whoa, I'm flying. I'm experiencing the miracle of powered human flight.
That put it into proper perspective, and I had a really nice flight. Related:
I know what you mean. In January this year I was greatly astonished to find myself stepping on solid ground after an 11 hour plane ride. I knew there would be land -the earth is round, after all, and all the maps say there is land. Heck, even then I had friends living there. But stepping down on that land, I just thought.... wow. Wow. This is real. The world is so big. Forgotten was the bad weather in Madrid which caused the first plane I took to be late, made me miss the big one flying over the ocean, and stay an extra night in Spain. THERE WAS STILL LAND! I was amazed I was walking on it. It was awesome.
Last night a 40x15m suddenly opened up in a small town in Germany. I was amazed. What are the odds? I was so amazed I had to write a short blog post about it. Checking out your website afterwards reminded me of this post of yours, and how it is somewhat related.
Keep up the wonder! Wondering is good. It makes people not only feel good, but also question the mundane. It's an essential part of science and progress.
I know everyone is getting bored of Cathay, and I'm trying to get back on interesting strategic content, philosophy, etc. But hey, I want to give credit where it's due - they've started to de-escalate and get reasonable.
Some facts here are wrong, and there's some omissions. But anyways, I appreciate this Joseph.
I filmed a video reply (that's friendly!) and I'll post it later. Really, it's entertaining.
Anyways, they're originally saying I caused a gigantic disturbance and was a huge problem, then I said I was going to bring tons of legal action against them (which, y'know, usually means they'd want to preserve their leverage by holding everything over my head that they can), and yet now they just filed no complaints, no charges, and cleared me to fly. That's interesting, isn't it?
From: Customer-Relations Subject: Re: MR SEBASTIAN MARSHALL - 26 December 2011 / KA 482 / Hong Kong to Taipei (KMM10053232I15977L0KM) Date: January 4, 2012 11:02:28 AM GMT+08:00 To: Sebastian
New York (Bakersville News) Southwest Airlines has announced an indefinite hold for its in-flight wifi program. "We were pleased with a few customers who took full advantage of this program but had to shut it down because most use was inappropriate" said Vice President of Technology Chris Simmons.
"Eighty percent of the bandwidth usage was dedicated to people updating their Facebook status only to say 'I'm updating my Facebook status at 30,000 feet', that doesn't even make sense."
Some customers supported this move, Cheryl Racie was disgusted one flight: "The man next to me was looking at things entirely inappropriate, I was embarrassed and uncomfortable sitting next to him". When pressed what sites or content her fellow passenger was looking at Cheryl reported: "The Drudge Report".
Simmons concluded that the program may be back under different circumstances but probably not in the immediate future.