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still more airline regulations...

Discussion in 'Travel Forum' started by rbell, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. rbell

    rbell Active Member

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    More data of travellers will be required...

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125012447548327753.html

    I know there could be a debate angle to this...and I'm not trying to start it in this non-debate realm.

    Here's my angle:

    It used to be, pre-9/11 and 9/11 regs, that I enjoyed flying. But...with 9/11 and all that comes with it, plus the airlines' cutbacks...flying isn't near what it used to be...not even close.

    Which brings me to my question...

    For me, any trip longer than a 7-hour drive would make me lean toward flying. Now...with the "arrive 2 hours early" rule, the lines, the cramped conditions, the customer no-service, the cost, etc....I am to the point that I'd rather make a 10 or even 11-hour drive rather than enduring the airline headache. For a 2-6 hour-drive...I'm not sure but what it's quicker to drive rather than deal with the waiting, lines, etc.

    So...what's your "cutoff distance?" How long of a drive does it take you before you say, "Nope, too long a drive...I'll fly instead"?

    As I said...for me, it's about 11 or even 12 hours.
     
  2. Salty

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    Dont need to fly - We go Amtrak
    Of course we have a train station here in the Salt City. It is only a 5 - 6 hour trip, and as little as $50

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  3. Johnv

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    I travel on business regularly. If it takes longer than 6 hours to drive, it warrants flying and renting a car.

    It also depends on the airport one flies out of. My home airport rarely requires me needing to get there more than 1.5 hours prior to a flight.
     
  4. SaggyWoman

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    I haven't travelled much in the last few years simply due to the non necessity.

    If I can fly financially, I will. But I don't mind driving either. Driving much over 8 hours, though, and I would prefer flying if money were no object.
     
  5. StefanM

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    This is a good point. At my local airport, I can generally arrive around an hour early, check in, go through security, and eat a meal with plenty of time to spare.
     
  6. SaggyWoman

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    Generally, I love flying.
     
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