GTP Editor, GTPEDIA Author
- Rule 12
Indeed - but it highlighted the gross unfairness and the overall sense that, to airlines, you may as well be cattle. And he made a lot of money from United being a pack of wet dicks.It's fairly simple, I'd say. It could be to reaccommodate staff, it could be for security reasons, it could even be that the airline is massively racist and simply didn't want a man of Vietnamese decent onboard. The airline and the security aren't going to suddenly change their minds about the decision, so ultimately there's no scenario in which the day won't end with you getting off the plane one way or another.
I'm old, fat and lazy. Given the choice between getting up at mental'o'clock in the morning, driving from my old office in Gosport to Heathrow (1hr), milling around at Heathrow for 2hr (after being ogled by a robot and having my bag swabbed for drugs, again), spending 90 minutes in the air and another 30 minutes getting through post-Brexit security on the other end or setting off the night before in my magic van and catching a sackful of zeds for 11 hours, pass me the duvet and the hot chocolate. Never mind heading back afterwards - it'd turn a work day out to Geneva into a literal day, rather than three*. Or the airline seats, food and the fact you have to sit next to/in front of/behind disgusting human beings who have no idea how to behave around other people, and inhale 3% carbon dioxide and 11% farts for that hour and a half.Going back to the flight vs. autonomy thing, I can't really relate. Again it depends on several factors, but I'd have to be seriously hindered by all the airport stuff to select a night in the back of a moving van over a short plane hop. Living where I live at the moment, I leave my flat about 4.5 hours before departure to get a flight at Heathrow (if I wasn't concerned about traffic, it'd be 3.5 hours).
If I was going to say, Geneva, that's a 1.5 hour flight on top of that. Providing the flight itself is on time - and most are, realistically - it's six hours for me from leaving my front door to wheels-down in Geneva (or five, if I'm lucky with M1 and M25 traffic and have the balls to leave only 1.5 hours to get to the airport...). Or I could spend 11 hours in the back of an autonomous van.
Probably around eight of which I'd actually be sleeping for (provided it was comfortable enough to do so, and assuming all this travelling takes place in the middle of the night where I'd not be doing anything anyway), so I'd still have three hours (or more) to kill on the road in the back of a van.
Given the choice of six hours of getting somewhere and having five extra hours to kill pre- or post-travel, or 11 hours of which eight might be asleep, I'd take the air travel and the free time not spent in a metal box.
Or, given the Geneva example, I'd drive the 11 hours myself (only 2.5 of which would be the awful UK bit), listening to music and podcasts, stopping for food and ablutions occasionally and, given the French leg of the trip is mostly on empty motorway, not really feeling overly worn down or stressed in the first place. Having done the trip myself a few times anyway, I could probably knock off an hour or more from the AV's time doing speeds the AV would be programmed not to do...
I wonder what the comparative prices are too. Parking might be a wrinkle also.
*Although the last time I went it took 29 days...