Getting ready for the busy season

Need another reminder that the skies are getting more and more crowded? How about this little video vignette from @GlobeTrotScott and the Associated Press.

And remember that Fridays in the summer are, by far, the worst times to be at an airport. Even when the media always focuses on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Not because Thanksgiving isn’t also busy, but because there are fewer flights on the schedule in general in the fall versus the summer. And more flights on the schedules, especially at the congested airports, means that a hint of thunderstorms has a far more significant impact, particularly when it comes to trying to get things back on track. Higher load factors also means more people competing for space on the planes and space on the next flight after theirs is cancelled. It can get ugly in a hurry.

Can’t wait to have this on my seat rather than just the one across the aisle.

So take a deep breath, relax, and try not to kill that passenger next to you. Even if they have their feet up on the wall and continue talking at you after you put on headphones and open a book. Also, this is why I try to avoid summer air travel.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. I kept waiting for some useful information….and, I guess I’ll keep waiting.

    1. I think seeing some of the numbers presented that way is useful for setting appropriate expectations. It certainly helps remind me why I prefer not flying in the summer as much as I can possibly avoid it.

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