In-flight wish list: How would you make air travel fun?
“There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror,” Orson Welles once said.
The man spoke the truth. Locking yourself into a metal tube with two hundred strangers for several hours is hardly one of life’s most pleasurable pursuits.
Surely it doesn’t have to be that way?
Etihad has the right idea. The UAE airline recently announced it would be employing chefs to tailor-make meals for passengers in its Diamond First class cabins, offering “a five-star restaurant style of service in the sky.”
That inspired us to come up with 10 more things that could turn air travel from a chore into a delight. Some are a little fantastical, we admit, others more doable.
And now it’s your turn.
After gleaning inspiration from our list, what suggestions would you make to ensure your flight is less boredom and terror, more bliss and tranquility?
Put your suggestions in the comments below. We’ll compile the best in an article and put it out there for readers to vote on.
CNNGo’s in-flight wish list
1. Massage/manicure/pedicure/spa services. After that tantrum at check in because your bag was 0.3 kilos overweight and therefore US$100 more expensive, you need to be kneaded. A little room with soft lighting, incense, whale music and pretty people in white coats whispering, “Is the pressure ok?” will do just the trick, thanks.
2. Children’s cabin. We heard the movie “Snakes on a Plane” was originally going to be “Kids on a Plane” but that was deemed too terrifying. Stick the little ones in a sound-proof room with plastic balls, slides and perhaps even a few seats they can kick in the back. Problem solved.
3. Boot the beverage cart. As if the threat of deep-vein thrombosis wasn’t enough, airlines also insist on knee-capping us twice a flight with the drinks trolley and forcing those trying to get to the toilet to detour up into First Class and down the other side. Get rid. If people want a drink they’ll ask for it.
4. Singles’ seats. Every singleton flying hopes against hope they’ll be sat next to their dream date who’ll be hoping the same thing. Give those an option for a ‘singles seat,’ located next to other ‘singles seats’ for a chance of love in the air.
5. Free Wi-Fi. If Singapore Airlines can introduce in-flight Internet, why can’t everyone?
6. Allow movies to finish. Anyone who started “The Sixth Sense” within an hour of landing just thinks it’s a slightly stupid movie about a kid who sees ghosts. If there are 30 minutes to landing and another 15 minutes of taxiing, then there’s time for the movie to end.
7. Wet room. Bath tubs, showers, Jacuzzis … nothing passes time better than a bit of a splash around.
8. Proper child facilities. Decent diaper-changing options, proper kiddie cots and baby minders in the cabin crew might help stop all the screaming and crying. And that’s just the parents.
9. Decline the recline. As if being stuck in the middle seat on a 12-hour flight between two fleshy strangers wasn’t bad enough, the guy in front then decides to put his head in your lap. One or two inches is plenty enough pushback.
10. Viewing section. Air travel provides some of the most amazing views of the earth we’ll ever see. Why not make an entire section of the plane transparent to make the most of the opportunity?
What did we miss? Let us know about your own in-flight wish list in the comments.