Flying over the Atlantic and other tidbits from a very long day
Ah, the wonders of modern air travel! Even though I’ve spent the past fifteen hours stacked like a sardine and will be spending at least another five in the same manner, one can’t help but to feel like the world is at your fingertips – halfway across the globe in less than 24 hours is not bad by any means, even if it will rip a hole in your pocket. For my flight to Seattle I passed through Delta’s central hub in Atlanta, Georgia and am now hovering somewhere over Kansas en route to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The flights so far have been largely uninteresting, although I find it funny that the Boeing 767 did not have a personal entertainment system in coach, even though its little brother, the 757 did. The PES is actually a pretty interesting thing to mention, and I have to say that I’m not very impressed with it. A handful of lesser known movies, tv shows and a couple dozen music albums, in a blend that looks as if an employee brought his record collection over one day so that Delta could add them into the system. Big plus for freely available live TV (but a small minus for few channels that actually worked!) Some games were available, but the touch screen was so horrible that it was almost impossible to play anything.
However, I am certain that this wasn’t exactly the latest technology when it comes to PES and definitely kudos to Delta and all the other airlines for offering anything at all. I really miss wireless networking and internet access though – apparently that’s underway and should be available in 2009. Because really, who needs a personal entertainment system when you have the internet at your fingertips?
On a side note, the US customs wasn’t as horrible as the infamous stories that have spread through the intertubes about people having their laptops and other digital equipment searched through and/or seized indefinitely. It all went very fast and smooth and resembled the Swedish one a lot.
I’ll definitely try to report during the next week with news and pictures, until then – have a great day and wish me luck!