February 10th, 2018

spock: logic is sexy

Friday Five: Flying

1. Where did you go the last time you took an airplane ride?
Chicago

2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?
I get very nervous about missing flights, but I'm pretty comfortable on the flight itself

3. Window seat or aisle seat?
Window, always. Looking out the window is entertaining, and I can't sleep unless I can rest my head against something.

4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?
It used to be the Air Uzbekistan plane that said CHOP HERE WITH CRASH AXE on the outside, but this summer the Air Moldova flight that attempted to take off without fuel in the tank topped it. If you're wondering what happens when you try to start a jet engine with no gas, it makes a terrible gagging noise much like your car does, except louder and scarier. The pilot tries a few times, the engine screams a few times, and then a flight attendant says "nobody panic but please take off your seatbelts in case evacuation is necessary." Then you look out the window and see a lot of emergency vehicles. The flight attendants never update you, but suddenly they start passing out drinks and cookies. Then you look outside and all the emergency vehicles have gone and a fuel tanker has appeared, and you can make a logical inference that the problem with your plane was that they forgot to fuel it.

5. What is the best experience you've had flying?
Probably any Middle Eastern airline. The food is lovely, and the customer service is so nice. Royal Air Qatar paid for me to have a transit visa and a stay in a lovely hotel when I had an overnight layover.