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Airport [Apr. 17th, 2004|08:22 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Sitting in the airport, waiting for my flight home, enduring yet another painfully slow net connection, this time GPRS. I should really switch to 1xRTT or AT&T EDGE or whatever the fasted one is, and just use that everywhere. And get a new laptop with good built-in wireless. One of the little Thinkpads, perhaps? (bitch bitch bitch, I know)

There seems to be an awful lot of Germans in this airport. Like, everywhere. And in big groups. I wonder if there's a conference or they just all fly in here and it's holiday time. I was considering asking the group in front of me during the hour security line, but then I remembered I don't interact with people without desperate need. Damn.

Every airline has their "cheap" brand now. Ted? Song? Where the hell did these all come from? How are they different from regular airlines, besides price? Airfare could keep dropping in price until we have $20 flights but I'll still hate flying as long as I have to get to the airport 1-2 hours early and be inconvenienced so much. I wish there were just quick, little planes coming and going like city busses or train stations (excluding Amtrak) and you just transfered between them to get wherever. It's probably more fuel/cost efficient to fly hundreds of people at once, but I can dream. One day travel won't be so boring.

Yesterday was my brother's 22nd birthday. Having dinner with him and family tonight after I arrive in Portland around 5:30. I'll probably be ready to go to bed right after dinner, now that I've been on this 6:30am-11:00pm Eastern schedule (3:30am-8:00pm my time) for the past 4 (going on 5) days.

Time to download some stuff to read on the plane.

[User Picture]From: wy1d
2004-04-17 08:51 am (UTC)
little planes coming and going like city busses or train stations (excluding Amtrak)

Just out of curiousity, whats wrong with Amtrak? I've never actually been on one, mostly because to get from Atlanta to Charleston, they wanted me to go through someplace rediculous like Chicago or D.C. and spend the night. Yeech.
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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2004-04-17 02:46 pm (UTC)
They're never on time. That's my biggest beef with them. Outside the Northeast corridor, they're completely useless for getting to where you need to be.

(I say this as someone who has missed flights because of Amtrak twice.)
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[User Picture]From: octal
2004-04-17 11:54 am (UTC)
There are/were "air shuttles" on the east coast, particularly NYC-WAS (LGA/JFK-DCA mainly), but also {BOS,NYC,PHL,WAS,ATL}. Walk up prices equal to normal, no checkin problems, usually buy ticket at the gate, etc. 9-11 largely ended it, as well as some bankruptcies and some other problems. There are still a lot of high-volume flights on those routes, with somewhat more efficient (== first class) security measures.

In the UK there used to be a GBP 20 bus-style shuttle from LON-DUB...no security, just walk on and fly, buy the ticket ON THE PLANE.

1xRTT is how it should be! Although sprint has raised their prices; the best deal now seems to be buying 5 voice lines on sprint on a single plan with shared minutes and data.

I think the real hope for travel becoming fun again is the mini-jet... http://www.eclipseaviation.com/ $1m jet, 6 passengers, could be run as an "air taxi", integrating with the major hubs for long-hauls.

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[User Picture]From: supersat
2004-04-17 01:54 pm (UTC)
AT&T's data service is extremely overpriced. I don't even know what EDGE costs, but their unlimited GPRS service is $80/month. I'm not really familiar with the CDMA data technologies, but I've heard a LOT of people complain about Sprint's coverage. Verizon also has a wireless data service for $80/mo, which they claim runs at 300-500 kbps on average.
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