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10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

As a frequent traveler, I deal with airports and airlines all the time. and I must say there are good ones and bad ones all over the world. We pack, we arrange, we get there with hours before our flight so that we have plenty of time to stress out. The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is why airlines and airports don’t get what customers really want. So, here are the top 10 things airlines could do better according to my very informal non-data driven study.

10 Things Airlines Could Do Better
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Guarantee Luggage

Here’s the bottom line. If Amazon can get my package to me in 24 hours without blinking an eye, airlines can get my suitcase on the same plane I am on. As airlines continue to charge us fee after fee, it is beyond me why they are not held accountable for ensuring they do the job we are paying them to do.

woman in white top and denim jeans sitting on red luggage bag
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Normalize Gate Checking Bags

Speaking of luggage, so many people are trying to avoid that checked luggage fee that they drag their bags to the gate. Why do airlines wait until two minutes before boarding to announce that everyone’s bags are not going to fit in the overhead compartments? I don’t get it. Let’s just all give in and check those bags right at the gate. Put them on those slides and load the bags! And you know the most frustrating moment before take off and some lady with four kids is trying to find space for her 6 carry-ons! I’m so frustrated!

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Fast Pass Boarding Procedures

If Disney can get people on the Millennium Falcon using Fast Pass, so can airlines. for Heaven’s sake! Just give me a time to show up and I will. How hard is that? Why must I wait in like three huge lines to check in, clear TSA and walk on a plane? Why?! I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be easier to clear everything right when you arrive? I once watched the TSA line at JFK for about 2 hours. What a s**t show.

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Get Rid Of The Center Seat Once and For All!

Do I really need to say any more than this? I mean, airlines are already packing us in and charging us for the best spots to sit on the plane, I think we deserve to get rid of the majority of those banks of three seats.

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Mind The Gap!

While we are at it, with all the great engineering minds in aviation, why am I still shoving my jacket and purse into the gap between the wall? I don’t get it. Why?! For the love of everything sacred, fill in the gap- preferably with something soft on one side and USB ports on the other.

grayscale of airplane window and chair
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Family Seating

I checked. There is no rule or law that says all airline seats must face forward. So why in the world don’t we simply face two banks of seats together so that families can have a space to themselves? Imagine airlines treating seating more like trains do. Seating in groups of twos and fours. How much more inviting and easier would it be?

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Install those lay down seats! I want the top bunk!

We’ve all seen them on Facebook. Long haul flights deserve a better way to make it to the other side. There is nothing comfortable about flying overseas at all. So why in the world aren’t airlines shouting for the rooftops about how happy they are with this new solution?

The Zephyr Seats
things that airlines could do better
The Zephyr Seat System

Step Up The Waiting Game

New airports are showing the grand dames of the past that airports are not just holding pens for traveling human cattle. It’s time to rethink how spaces are being used in airports. Travelers want and pay for clean usable, comfortable areas. Older airports take notes and join us in the 21st century.

people sitting on gang chairs
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Money, Money, Money

I know! All of my brilliant ideas cost money. Well, airlines, you’ve charged me for my seat, my bag, my drink, my takes to pay for the terminal, early check-in, some premium stuff, and I was overcharged for my mocha latte in the terminal. There are no excuses here. It’s time for stockholders to realize that they must reinvest things that airlines could do better.

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10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

As a frequent traveler, I deal with airports and airlines all the time. and I must say there are good ones and bad ones all over the world. We pack, we arrange, we get there with hours before our flight so that we have plenty of time to stress out. The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is why airlines and airports don’t get what customers really want. So, here are the top 10 things airlines could do better according to my very informal non-data driven study.

10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

Guarantee Luggage

Here’s the bottom line. If Amazon can get my package to me in 24 hours without blinking an eye, airlines can get my suitcase on the same plane I am on. As airlines continue to charge us fee after fee, it is beyond me why they are not held accountable for ensuring they do the job we are paying them to do.

woman in white top and denim jeans sitting on red luggage bag
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Normalize Gate Checking Bags

Speaking of luggage, so many people are trying to avoid that checked luggage fee that they drag their bags to the gate. Why do airlines wait until two minutes before boarding to announce that everyone’s bags are not going to fit in the overhead compartments? I don’t get it. Let’s just all give in and check those bags right at the gate. Put them on those slides and load the bags! And you know the most frustrating moment before take off and some lady with four kids is trying to find space for her 6 carry-ons! I’m so frustrated!

airport
Photo by Matthew Turner on Pexels.com

Fast Pass Boarding Procedures

If Disney can get people on the Millennium Falcon using Fast Pass, so can airlines. for Heaven’s sake! Just give me a time to show up and I will. How hard is that? Why must I wait in like three huge lines to check in, clear TSA and walk on a plane? Why?! I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be easier to clear everything right when you arrive? I once watched the TSA line at JFK for about 2 hours. What a s**t show.

woman in sleeveless top and black denim jeans
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Get Rid Of The Center Seat Once and For All!

Do I really need to say any more than this? I mean, airlines are already packing us in and charging us for the best spots to sit on the plane, I think we deserve to get rid of the majority of those banks of three seats.

people inside commercial air plane
Photo by Sourav Mishra on Pexels.com

Mind The Gap!

While we are at it, with all the great engineering minds in aviation, why am I still shoving my jacket and purse into the gap between the wall? I don’t get it. Why?! For the love of everything sacred, fill in the gap- preferably with something soft on one side and USB ports on the other.

grayscale of airplane window and chair
Photo by Rui Chaves on Pexels.com

Family Seating

I checked. There is no rule or law that says all airline seats must face forward. So why in the world don’t we simply face two banks of seats together so that families can have a space to themselves? Imagine airlines treating seating more like trains do. Seating in groups of twos and fours. How much more inviting and easier would it be?

car chair comfort commuting
Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com

Install those lay down seats! I want the top bunk!

We’ve all seen them on Facebook. Long haul flights deserve a better way to make it to the other side. There is nothing comfortable about flying overseas at all. So why in the world aren’t airlines shouting for the rooftops about how happy they are with this new solution?

The Zephyr Seats
things that airlines could do better
The Zephyr Seat System

Step Up The Waiting Game

New airports are showing the grand dames of the past that airports are not just holding pens for traveling human cattle. It’s time to rethink how spaces are being used in airports. Travelers want and pay for clean usable, comfortable areas. Older airports take notes and join us in the 21st century.

people sitting on gang chairs
Photo by Sunyu Kim on Pexels.com

Money, Money, Money

I know! All of my brilliant ideas cost money. Well, airlines, you’ve charged me for my seat, my bag, my drink, my takes to pay for the terminal, early check-in, some premium stuff, and I was overcharged for my mocha latte in the terminal. There are no excuses here. It’s time for stockholders to realize that they must reinvest things that airlines could do better.

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Why Is Travel An Addiction?

Over the years psychologists, anthropologists and other very fancy people have weighed in to answer the question: why do people travel? They’ve sited studies and research from their very fancy places of work and even fancier scientifically sound universities who spout out data about serotonin levels and charts about which countries give the best vacation time to their employees. There are tons of articles and papers that analyze the reason why some people are addicted to travel and others could care less. It’s all very fascinating! But, I think that sometimes the simplest answers are the best. I travel because it makes me happy.

Travel comes in all shapes and sizes these days. From digital nomads (we’ll get into that later) to resort junkies, we travel addicts have found our wanderlust being quenched in many different ways. So, what made people start to travel anyway? Where did the idea of modern travel even come from?

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Addicted To Modern Travel

Well, the most popular school of thought was that the Victorians got bored and set off to see the great art and antiquities of the Continent through a term called The Grand Tour. In fact, it is The Grand Tour, created way back in the early 1600’s by a priest named Richard Lassels, that gives us the name “tourist”.

A lot of controversy has come up when referring to someone who is a travel addict as a tourist. Some take great offense as they see a tourist as someone who merely skims the surface while travelers tend to have more of a deep dive approach to travel. Me? I’m on the fence. I see the point being made but I wonder if it’s necessary. Maybe the more important question is whether you are a vacationer or a traveler. For the record, vacationers go somewhere to relax and veg while travelers (or tourists) go to seek new experience.

As travel has evolved over time, there have been large groups that have found their own travel mojo by approaching their travel experiences from different angles. Maybe you fit into one of these categories.

The Bucket Listers

We simply can’t talk about travel addiction without talking about the buck list junkies. Typically uber organized, bucket listers work their way through a series of experiences that they prioritize. Often getting a bad rap as look and go travelers, bucket listers tend to know what they want. Bucket listing your way through the world can be a great experience as long as the list doesn’t become the biggest priority rather than the tool it should be.

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Addicted To The List

Let’s circle back to the most popular traveler of them all- the bucket lister. Many people don’t consider themselves bucket listers, but they are. It’s true, basically every traveler has a list, even if it’s to not make the next reservation, every kind of traveler listed above has a strategy that can essentially be called a bucket list.

It is only human nature to check things off a list. To plan. To be a logistics manger. In fact, many leading fancy people who study others say that travelers get just as much out of planning their trips as they do executing those plans.

I’m not sure how I feel about that exactly. I mean, I like when I get my confirmation e-mail saying everything is all set, but I don’t think I necessarily enjoy jockeying between different travel apps to find the best price. However, I am very good at it. On the other hand, I do like tracking down new opportunities for my next trip. Then again, I get bored easily. I really meant what I said I wasn’t sure how I feel.

The Typical Travel Addicts Start With The Package Traveler

By simply booking a tour through a well known company, package travelers are happy to scratch the surface of a couple of big named cities and take the tour while leaving the logistics to someone else.

The Road Tripper

Pack up the car or the RV and hit the road for sites unseen and enjoy all that the open road has to offer. Road Trippers spend a ton of time exploring nooks and crannies and meeting up with fellow road junkies through a huge network.

The Gap Year Backpacker

Free of worries with a minimal budget, backpackers trek from hostel to hostel and get the most out of their bare bones trips while they shape their definition of global literacy. Backpacking across Europe used to be a right of passage in some circles and while there is still a steady stream of people making there way into those youth hostels, many opt for the experience on other continents these days.

The Alternative Routes

While the majority of travelers fall into one of the categories above, there are some amazing travelers who look through a very different lens.

The Slow Traveler

Time in one place to take a deep dive into a culture or community is the top priority here. Slow travelers look for the connections and want to unpack the benefits and challenges that locals deal with. The benefits of slow travel come from immersing oneself into new circumstances and seeing where that leads you. Unfortunately, for most, time constraints tend to create huge barriers for the experience.

The World Schooler

Homeschooling has a very cool cousin and that cousin is getting more and more popular. World schooling is becoming quite a trendy way to experience all the benefits of homeschooling and take them on the road. Parents who choose this way of life tend to have tons of work flexibility and dedicate this time to not only classical education topics but also to soft skills that create worldly humans.

The Digital Nomad

For the ultimate travel experience, digital nomads craft their careers into portable jobs that compliment their travel addiction. It’s like winning the trifecta when DNs find a career, a companion, and a course that allow them to wander around the world experiencing as much as they can.

While some DNs have a home base, many live a minimalist lifestyle and prioritize their commitment to travel. Some people take years to arrange the perfect exit strategy from society norms. They often sell off everything they own, take on side hustles, and save like maniacs to get themselves started.

What Do Addicts Do To Make Travel Work For Them?

In the end, we addicts are addicted to the people and experiences that we find while we travel. So what do we do to make travel work for us? A few things come to mind.

  • Learn a little. Travelers learn a few words and get a hold on the cursory history of their next destination.
  • Do stuff. Travelers favor doing over just looking at things from a distance.
  • Eat slow food! Travelers avoid major chains and frequent mom and pop shops.
  • Balance. Travelers make it a priority to balance great icons and hidden gems.
  • Think responsibly. Contrary to popular belief, travelers are some of the first to think about hot topics like waste, and carbon footprints.
  • Communicate. Travelers use international words like photo instead of picture and toilet instead of restroom.
  • Enjoy downtime. Travelers enjoy talking, well, travel. They enjoy watching and listening to travel. They play games with their kids to enjoy even more travel. to expand their horizons or quench their thirst until the next trip.

What’s On Your List? 

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