You would think that by now that the frustration and degradation levels of airline travel would have peaked and nothing they could do would be able to repel is any further.
Today United Airlines, because they were overbooked, forcibly ejected a paying customer, bloodying his head in the process. This was to make room for a United employee. The man, a doctor, refused to relinquish his seat so the crew called in a policeman who dragged him off the flight.
There was video of the ejection (Of course: Puke-faced millennials video everything) and the story has blown up on Twitter, eliciting a boycott United movement.
But here’s the thing: United isn’t doing anything that any other American-based airline would do. In the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks flying has systematically become more and more of an ordeal in which passengers are considered criminals until proven otherwise.
I am here to say that it isn’t United that we should be boycotting, but the entire airline industry. Unless you have to fly somewhere on business, you know what? Stay home.
If you live on one of the coasts and want to take a vacation then get in your car and drive to a beach town or some nearby mountains. There are a myriad of good vacation spots within driving distance. If you’re in the middle of the country I’m sure there are plenty of places you can get to. You’ll save money and your dignity.
You’re probably going to tell me that you have to take the kids to see grandma. I say have grandma come to you. That way the airlines get only get one fare instead of four or five. Here’s an idea: Have grandma move closer to her grand kids.
Enough is enough.