Today was an interesting travel day. The trip from Knoxville to Atlanta was pretty easy. Then I had three hours in Atlanta, which I used to play some World of Warcraft. Boarding for the flight out to San Jose from there was delayed by about 20 minutes.
Once we got on the plane, there was another delay to deal with some kind of mechanical problem. That didn’t take long, but then they had to scramble to do the safety demonstration in person instead of running it on the seat-back entertainment system screens, because the entertainment system was hosed.
That is to say that it was rebooting over and over again. There’s nothing quite like watching 160 or so 9″ seat back screens repeatedly booting up into Linux then resetting themselves. This went on until about 30 minutes into the flight, when they finally settled down.
They did reboot again one more time later in the flight, but since I wasn’t using mine, and was into a book, I didn’t really care.
There was turbulence at least 70% of the time we were in the air. Occasionally quite impressive.
Upon arriving in San Jose, we taxied to the gate only to discover that the motor that makes the jetway move around was broken. So they had to replace it, but the one they got was the wrong kind, apparently, and finally the third actually worked. Took 20 minutes just to start deplaning, all the while the air getting more and more stiflingly hot.
If someone had told me 10 years ago that air travel would actually be significantly worse in 10 years, I’d never have believed it.