I have described flying as “sitting in a chair in the sky”, or “being inside a metal tube”. Here’s another option: “hurling through the atmosphere in a giant metal can at 35,000 feet”. In the article where I read this description, what followed was “…is now one of the safest ways to travel”. Well, I guess so.
Today I hurtle toward Dallas, TX – Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport where the next time I take my seat in the chair in the sky, I will be on a non-stop flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. Traveling 3,737 airmiles for 9 hours, I’m likely to get a bit stir-crazy. A bit likely to sleep some. Very likely to be online. Flying Icelandair brings with it free wi-fi from the moment you step onboard. Whoo hoo!
It IS true that flying to DFW in order to fly to Iceland is a bit backwards. However, Icelandair’s non-stop option makes sense, and lets us avoid the slog through JFK. The bonus is that Beth (who flew to DFW yesterday to visit family) and I will have dinner with my Texas son and his family tonight. Later we will settle into the Grand Hyatt Hotel at DFW for the flight to Reykjavík on Monday. I understand a walk out the door of the hotel leads right to the TSA security entrance for the terminal. That’s convenient.
At last the time has come to depart.