Observations about the universe, life, Lausanne and me

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Flying Home

On Sunday I had to say good-bye to New York and fly home. Yes, I missed the US' Independence Day, due to forgetting all about it when I booked the flight.

My flight to the US (with United Airlines) was plagued by all kind of problems - the flight back with Swiss Air was a sheer joy in comparison. Of course I can't say anything in general with a sample size of one, but here are some thoughts:

The Airbus A330 is a much nicer and more modern Airplane than the ageing Boeing 767, which I do not remember fondly. No surprises there, since the A330 was first flown in 1992, versus the Boeings 1982. It shows.

Metal cutlery! Apparently the Swiss are not afraid of their passengers hijacking the plane with a metal butter knife. The Swiss are just bad-ass like that.

Babies can, and will cry for two and a half hours straight when provoked, and said crying will cut through earplugs, blankets, glass and any other material known to mankind.

Swiss Air uses Linux for its onboard entertainment system, which didn't prevent it from crashing horribly, twice. The stewardess eventually had to pull the circuit breaker to reset.

A 'thoughts about the US' post will follow soon.

- tales from the road

1 comment:

  1. Babies and children, with their shorter Eustachian tubes, are more drastically affected by the pressure changes. And children, in general, are not stoic about pain.

    In my opinion, it isn't fair to expect them to be. Having said that, I know that it is painful for parent, child, and other passengers, yet I don't know the solution.