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post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by whoopee
Virgin Atlantic has onboard bars. Great idea. What carriers used to have them?


I think that they are the only ones left. From what I remember, most first class sections had them on cross country and inter-continental flights. It makes for a much nicer trip if you are on a plane for five hours or more. It lets you feel like you are in a normal situation with other prople, not on a cattle mover.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
SRO concept is ridiculous...I would rather have a Lying Room Only concept, where you are put into cubbies a-la Japanese business hotel. At least, this way you are lying down, not standing.

Jon.

Now you're talking.

The problem is there are so many fat people that wouldn't be able to get their flab into this type of compartment, either in terms of volume or movement.
post #18 of 26
Not to sound elitist, but do any of you recall the time when air travel was sort of a luxury? I recollect as a lad "dressing" to travel, just as we were trained to dress for dinner. I still feel a little naked walking onto a jetliner without at least a sportcoat. Adding the standup "seats" smacks of steerage to me. Time to go back to train travel.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
Not to sound elitist, but do any of you recall the time when air travel was sort of a luxury? I recollect as a lad "dressing" to travel, just as we were trained to dress for dinner. I still feel a little naked walking onto a jetliner without at least a sportcoat.

yeah, i also recall when a "smoking section" was allowed on the plane. and being stuck one row in front of it at age 8 for a 12 hour flight. i certainly don't miss that.

as for the comment about fat people, this is hilarious. skinny people should get a discount for taking up less room/weight.
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
Time to go back to train travel.

Here here! If we had something like the TGV, i.e. a 150mph train that could cover the 800 miles from Chicago to New York in around 5.5 hours, I would take that almost exclusively, and would probably pay a premium to do so. That's less time than flying, once you add a cab to the airport, check-in, security, waiting, delays, etc. Not going to happen for a while, but it just may.

Add a dining car, and a sleeping berth, and I'd take it even farther.

Not keeping my fingers crossed, of course. At least not short term.
post #21 of 26
It's a shame that a decent rail network will probably never be set up in the US, outside regions like the NE corridor. Not only are they more convenient, the good ones are much more comfortable and feel safer (despite the lack of boarding security, which never ceases to bother me). Watching land passing outside also is rather pleasing compared to staring at bland, though admittedly grandiose, cloudy skies.
post #22 of 26
Yes chorse. With a fast, comfortable rail network, we could have lots more scenes like this!

post #23 of 26
^^^

That reminds me of a trip I made from NYC to my hometown in Ohio. Back in 97, I decided to take my lady friend at the time home to meet the parents. To mix things up, we took Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited, and I booked us a cabin. It was a lot of fun...
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by whoopee
It's a shame that a decent rail network will probably never be set up in the US, outside regions like the NE corridor. Not only are they more convenient, the good ones are much more comfortable and feel safer (despite the lack of boarding security, which never ceases to bother me). Watching land passing outside also is rather pleasing compared to staring at bland, though admittedly grandiose, cloudy skies.

Have you ridden the Acela? It is a disaster. A "high speed" train that takes only about 1 hour off the 9 hour jorney from Boston to DC. Lame.
post #25 of 26
Agree. The Acela is a joke.
post #26 of 26
I ride the Acela once every couple weeks. It leaves a lot to be desired. Saves about fifteen minutes from Philly to NYC/DC and the amenities aren't special at all. It's still the best form of travelling over short distances here.
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