SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Nothing brings out crustiness like airline travel, something I did Wednesday – Orlando to Phoenix to San Jose. Some thoughts from a person who hasn’t flown in a while:
• In the Sky Mall, you can buy a “life-sized” Abominable Snowman Yeti statue for $2,350 – 72” H x 45” W x 38” D. I always pictured him much larger than Steve Sands.
• Kids talk like they tweet. It’s mostly inane and rarely a completed sentence. My favorite overheard comment: “This is my only pair of shoes. My sandals got lost in the river.” Not sure if this is the Millennial generation or the Y generation, but could just call them Twits. Short for Twitter, of course.
• The lady next to me, from Orlando to Phoenix, sat down with a blanket, pillow, bag of food, water, headphones, iPhone, purse and a book. When the plane took off, she started her chronograph. Wasn’t sure if I was flying with a very detailed-oriented person or the female D.B. Cooper.
• A Russian lady on the same flight, two rows up, ordered one water, one orange juice, one cup of ice and two mini-bottles of vodka. At 8:05 a.m. Good to know stereotypes still live.
• People smoke electronic cigarettes in the terminal. It’s water vapor and doesn’t smell. Still looks nasty.
• U.S. Airways charges $6 for one hour of in-flight Wifi service for your computer. They don’t even give you a bag of nuts for free. Bush league.